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Using Layer Masks to Remove People

Lesson 28 from: Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

Using Layer Masks to Remove People

Lesson 28 from: Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People

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Class Trailer
1

Introduction To Adobe Photoshop

04:05
2

Bridge vs. Lightroom

06:39
3

Tour of Photoshop Interface

18:21
4

Overview of Bridge Workspace

07:42
5

Overview of Lightroom Workspace

11:21
6

Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents

08:19
7

How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020

05:10
8

Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders

13:09
9

Developing Raw Images

30:33
10

Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs

09:12
11

How to Save Images

03:37
12

Using the Transform Tool

04:48
13

Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020

06:03
14

Selection Tools

05:55
15

Combining Selection Tools

07:37
16

Using Automated Selection Tools

17:34
17

Quick Mask Mode

05:07
18

Select Menu Essentials

21:28
19

Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

13:00
20

Align Active Layers

07:29
21

Creating a New Layer

06:15
22

Creating a Clipping Mask

03:02
23

Using Effects on Layers

11:24
24

Using Adjustment Layers

16:44
25

Using the Shape Tool

04:39
26

Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool

04:39
27

Masking Multiple Images Together

15:15
28

Using Layer Masks to Remove People

10:50
29

Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky

10:04
30

Adding Texture to Images

09:11
31

Layering to Create Realistic Depth

05:35
32

Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

05:29
33

Optimizing Grayscale with Levels

10:59
34

Adjusting Levels with a Histogram

03:37
35

Understanding Curves

06:18
36

Editing an Image Using Curves

18:41
37

Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment

07:19
38

Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode

07:14
39

Editing with Blending Modes

08:04
40

Color Theory

05:59
41

Curves for Color

16:52
42

Hue and Saturation Adjustments

08:59
43

Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment

13:33
44

Match Colors Using Numbers

16:59
45

Adjusting Skin Tones

05:25
46

Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw

10:52
47

Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush

07:53
48

Retouching with the Clone Stamp

06:51
49

Retouching with the Healing Brush

04:34
50

Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools

13:07
51

Extending an Edge with Content Aware

03:42
52

Clone Between Documents

13:19
53

Crop Tool

10:07
54

Frame Tool

02:59
55

Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools

08:14
56

Paint Brush Tools

13:33
57

History Brush Tool

06:27
58

Eraser and Gradient Tools

03:06
59

Brush Flow and Opacity Settings

04:17
60

Blur and Shape Tools

11:06
61

Dissolve Mode

09:24
62

Multiply Mode

15:29
63

Screen Mode

14:08
64

Hard Light Mode

14:54
65

Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes

11:31
66

Smart Filters

11:32
67

High Pass Filter

13:40
68

Blur Filter

05:59
69

Filter Gallery

07:42
70

Adaptive Wide Angle Filter

04:43
71

Combing Filters and Features

04:45
72

Select and Mask

20:04
73

Manually Select and Mask

08:08
74

Creating a Clean Background

21:19
75

Changing the Background

13:34
76

Smart Object Overview

08:37
77

Nested Smart Objects

09:55
78

Scale and Warp Smart Objects

09:08
79

Replace Contents

06:55
80

Raw Smart Objects

10:20
81

Multiple Instances of a Smart Object

12:59
82

Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects

05:42
83

Panoramas

13:15
84

HDR

11:20
85

Focus Stacking

04:02
86

Time-lapse

11:18
87

Light Painting Composite

08:05
88

Remove Moire Patterns

06:11
89

Remove Similar Objects At Once

09:52
90

Remove Objects Across an Entire Image

05:46
91

Replace a Repeating Pattern

06:50
92

Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel

10:27
93

Remove an Object with a Complex Background

07:49
94

Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes

12:27
95

Warping

11:03
96

Liquify

14:02
97

Puppet Warp

12:52
98

Displacement Map

10:36
99

Polar Coordinates

07:19
100

Organize Your Layers

11:02
101

Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss

02:59
102

Layer Style: Knockout Deep

12:34
103

Blending Options: Blend if

13:18
104

Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image

06:27
105

Layer Comps

08:30
106

Black-Only Shadows

06:07
107

Create a Content Aware Fill Action

08:46
108

Create a Desaturate Edges Action

07:42
109

Create an Antique Color Action

13:52
110

Create a Contour Map Action

10:20
111

Faux Sunset Action

07:20
112

Photo Credit Action

05:54
113

Create Sharable Actions

07:31
114

Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1

10:23
115

Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2

07:57
116

Image Compatibility with Lightroom

03:29
117

Scratch Disk Is Full

06:02
118

Preview Thumbnail

02:10

Lesson Info

Using Layer Masks to Remove People

you can be more efficient at this by analyzing your layers first and figuring out which layer needs the least work. Which one is the cleanest version of the picture? And if so, put that in the bottom of your layers panel and then slowly turn on the layers above to figure out which ones would you need to use to Mass? Because otherwise, if you just start with whatever picture happens to be the top one and it happens to be maybe this one here, Well, if you look, there's quite a few areas covered with people, and if that ends up just happening to be the bottom layer, it's gonna take more time for me toe. Clean it up. So I'm gonna come in here and look at one layer at a time, will turn off all the layers, go for the top layer first and say, How clean does that look? Not too bad. Go to the next one down a lot more in that one next one down. A lot more there, too. Same with their and I'm just going down to each one to see which ones cleanest. And I think it was the top most layer. So then I'm...

gonna move that layer to the bottom of my layers stack by just dragging its name to the bottom. And I just stare at this area to remember which area needs changes. And I'm gonna then turn on each of these layers one of the time to see which one clears that area the most. Not so good there. Not so good there. Not so good. There might not be one. That's a lot better if you look here is the bottom layer that's clearing out quite a bit of it. So potentially a second layer from the top. Yeah, I think it's It's a second layer from the top is the clearest in the one area that needed work. So I'm gonna move that layer so it is just above the bottom. Most layer. I'm slowly building my image from the bottom up, and in this layer, what I want to do is hide everything that's in the layer to begin with. So that means I want a black mask to get a black mask. I hold on the option key. I haven't held down right now. That's Ultima windows, and I add my layer mask up. But before I dio, I was probably shooting hand held and if so, yes, you see the building move as I turned these layers on and off So before I end up masking that, let me turn these layers back on select them all in the one step I skipped which I shouldn't have is toe auto align my layers. Same step we did on the previous images. Then let's get back down to it. This layer. All right, I'm gonna hold on the option key all time windows when I click the layer mask icon that's gonna hide the entire contents of this layer. Then grab my paintbrush tool paint with white because White allows things to show up and I'll come down in here in paint for those people need to get go away. I see a guy showing up over here on the right which says I painted too far. I'm gonna paint with black to hide him, and you can just type the letter X Letter X does. The same thing is clicking this little double arrow which switches these two colors. So if I hit the letter acts, you see out just switched them. So I just make sure I have black and white there. So it any time I can hit X to switch between the two. So I typed X, which is now gonna paint with black, and I'll take him out of there. You see, if I can I see another arm coming back. So I'll hit X to switch. Try to get his minimal x X. It's like we're on the layer. There was a person in that spot on both layers. Let's see if it's gonna help to bring this area in just with one guy. Waas choose undo. See about her. Yeah, that's helpful. Maybe the other edge of him. Okay, but if I kept going, she shows up it x All right, We need to find another image where it's clean there. So I'm gonna go through all of my images here and see if there's one that has clean information there. I could just stay zoomed up like am. Now I'll be watching this particular area and that area right here, so it's turned on the next layer and see if it helps us at all. It helps us on the area where the doorway is so I'm gonna take that layer. I want a black mask, so I'm gonna option click on the layer mask icon that will hide everything. So I only want to use a small area and then I'll grab my paintbrush and is painted right in with white there. I'm not sure if it helped over here, so there's a way to disable a mask. If you disable the mask, then the entire contents of layer will show up again. It will be as if you filled the mask with white to disable a mask, hold down the shift key on your keyboard and click anywhere within the mask in your layers panel. Watch my layers panel. When I shift, click on this mask. You see a red X appear within it. That means it's temporarily disabled, and therefore you can see the entire contents of the layer. If you shift click on the mask again, it will re enable it. And so I can see that there are people in this position on the right side so wouldn't be helpful to make more of that later visible. I still need to clean up a little bit of residue right here and potentially just below that. So I'll turn on the next layer and see if it has a clean area there. And it does not turn that back off and go for the next layer, Not the next layer up there. We have a clean area. So I'm gonna work on that layer. I'm gonna add a black mask because I want to hide the majority of that layer. So I hold on the option key, click on the layer mask icon. And now I'm gonna paint with White because White allows things to show up. And I'm just gonna bring that in down to here, get rid of that guy's arm by hitting X, which is which is the color and painting with Get rid of that. All right, Now we have one person left there, over here in the very corner, her edge of the picture. And I'm going to take the two layers that we haven't used yet. In turn, Amman wanted a time to see if that person happens to go away. If we had a clean version, not there, and go to the next one down. Not there, either. That picture just didn't extend far enough over. I'm then going to look at the layers were already using, and I'm gonna turn off their masks to see if I made that entire layer visible with their be a clean area over there on the right. I do that by holding on shift key and clicking on the mask that temporarily disables it. So just stare at that person in that that could be useful. Other than I think their hand in part of their arm, um, would overlap so he wouldn't be able to completely get rid of them. I'll go toe under the next mask and do the same thing. Shift clicking and know that image does not extend far enough to the right. The next one down there we go. That cleans it up. So it's this mask down here that I want to work on. I click on that layer, make sure it's mask is active, and I'm going to paint with White, and I'm just gonna paint right there. Now we got rid of that person, and now the only question is, is my framing too tight? Because I have this checkerboard area over here on the edges. Then because we have the checkerboard that tells me one of the pictures extended out that far. Otherwise it wouldn't have just had empty space for no reason. And so if I don't want to crop in that tight, I could figure out which layer filled in that space. I think we're fine at the bottom. I'd be fined cropping any further up, saying with on the left side. But on the right side, it's pretty darn close to this building. So I might see if I want to add some to do that, I'm gonna go to the two layers we haven't used yet to see if they fill in that gap on the right side of my photograph or not. This one does not. The next one down does not either. So neither of those will help. I'll then go to the ones that already have masks, and I'm gonna disable the masked to see if it will fill in the area on the right. So I go to the top one shift click, get a little bit extra there, go to the next one down that has a mask that doesn't help in one more down there. That adds a lot. So if I didn't want to have to crop in quite a Sfar, I could paint on this mask to paint in that mask. I need to paint with white, and I'm gonna come in here and just kind of looks like the sun changed a little bit like it might have come out from under behind a cloud or something. Um, between those shots And I'm just going to in this case, I'm going to use a brush that's a little harder edge. So I don't make it fade out too far and appear unfortunate. Brings one person into the shot, but at least I wouldn't have to Crop is tightly. That guy's tiny, though. And so then, to finish off the image, I'm gonna go to the side menu of my layers panel. I'm gonna choose delete hidden layers because I'm not gonna use the two layers that are currently hidden. Those will cost them to go away. I'll click on the top most layer then, and I'm gonna retouch out that guy that's over there. So I'm gonna create a brand new empty layer by clicking the icon next to the trash and I'm just going to use a tool called the spot healing brush to paint right where that guy was let go. And if it doesn't work, that's because there's a setting to my options bar at the top of my screen and sample all layers needs to be turned on. Otherwise it can't see the information in the other layers to copy from it. So now I can try it again. Get that guy to go away. So now we have created scene with no tourist in it, and the final step I would need to do is crop out the, uh, empty space that surrounds the image. And I might not have painted all the way to the top of the photograph in one of my masks. I still see that empty spot. I can see the mask it's in, and to see the white paint here on the edge. That doesn't go all the way up. So I just finish with my brush tool and go back to the layer that has my retouching in. See if I can use that exact same retouching tool. Just kind of fill in that emptiness. All right, so you get this sense for how we could use layer Mass for removing tourists. If we had enough pictures of those tourists moving around, then we could combine them to create a cleaner shot.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Lessons 1 - 6 - Handbook 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Lessons 7 - 12 - Handbook 2: How to Use Camera Raw
Lessons 13 - 18 - Handbook 3: Making Selections
Lessons 19 - 24 - Handbook 4: Using Layers
Lessons 25 - 30 - Handbook 5: Using Layer Masks
Lessons 31 - 38 - Handbook 6: Using Adjustment Layers
Lessons 39 - 44 - Handbook 7: Color Theory
Lessons 45 - 51 - Handbook 8: Retouching Essentials
Lessons 52 - 59 - Handbook 9: Tools Panel
Lessons 60 - 64 - Handbook 10: Layer Blending Modes
Lessons 65 - 70 - Handbook 11: How to Use Filters
Lessons 71 - 74 - Handbook 12: Advanced Masks
Lessons 75 - 81 - Handbook 13: Using Smart Objects
Lessons 82 - 86 - Handbook 14: Photography for Photoshop
Lessons 87 - 93 - Handbook 15: Advanced Photo Retouching
Lessons 94 - 98 - Handbook 16: Warp, Blend, Liquify
Lessons 99 - 105 - Handbook 17: Advanced Layers
Lessons 106 - 112 - Handbook 18: Actions
Lessons 113 - 117 - Handbook 19: Troubleshooting Issues
Practice Images 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Practice Images 2: How to Use Camera Raw
Practice Images 3: Making Selections
Practice Images 4: Using Layers
Practice Images 5: Using Layer Masks
Practice Images 6: Using Adjustment Layers
Practice Images 7: Color Theory
Practice Images 8: Retouching Essentials
Practice Images 9: Tools Panel
Practice Images 10: Layer Blending Modes
Practice Images 11: How to Use Filters
Practice Images 12: Advanced Masks
Practice Images 13: Using Smart Objects
Practice Images 14: Photography for Photoshop
Practice Images 15: Advanced Photo Retouching
Practice Images 16: Warp, Blend, Liquify
Practice Images 17: Advanced Layers
Practice Images 18: Actions
Practice Images 19: Troubleshooting Issues

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