Deke’s Techniques 296: Removing a Photobomber with Classic Photoshop Tools

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke uses some old-school (as in: Photoshop 3–era) tools to remove an inadvertent photobomber from an otherwise totally awesome group shot. 

The group in question consists of a delightfully filthy Deke and his equally crusty adventure-loving friends at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. (Aside: they claimed their sweaty handsomeness was the result of four days of plus-100 degree weather, so why is Scott wearing what looks to be a wool scarf?) The presumably innocent photobomber is that guy on the far right sticking out of Jacob’s shoulder, making Jacob look like Zaphod Beeblebrox Come to Earth to Attend a Music Festival. 

Five guys and one unwanted head

In the video, you’ll see how Deke approaches the challenge of removing Jacob’s second smaller head using old school cut-and-paste, the Lasso tool, and a bit of erasing. Why would he go traditional when there are so many fancy modern tools for this kind of retouching? Well, look what happens with this Content-Aware Fill fail. It just multiplies and distorts the number of aliens growing out of Jacob: 


Trying the Patch tool with its new content-aware powers, leaves behind a decidedly other worldly glow: 

The patch tool leaves behind an other-worldly glow


But, using good old fashioned duplication of a selection and some careful tidying up restores Jacob to his awesome, but earthly, nature. And the photograph becomes a treasured memory of five fabulous, if filthy, literally earth-dwelling friends.

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