Removing Unwanted Objects from Photos with PaintShop Pro

Removing Unwanted Objects from Photos with PaintShop Pro


PaintShop Pro is an easy-to-use application that has many many features for amateur and professional photographers alike. In this tutorial we’ll look at a number of different ways in which you can remove
objects from a photograph to enhance the image. We’ll cover the scratch remover, background eraser, clone tool, the blemish fixer, magic fill and
Smart Carver. I’m going to start with this image and as you can see there’s a fair amount of work to do on this image but with the tools in PaintShop Pro we can do it in quick order. I’m going to start with the Clone tool. The Clone tool is a popular tool in many photo editing applications and does quite well at covering objects or areas with something else from the same image. As an example if I select the Clone tool
in my toolbox, I’ll zoom into this area here You’ll notice that I have a small circle will
look like a rubber stamp. By right-clicking I can select my source area and then when I left-click I create my target. It’s going to take the content of the source area and move it into the target so left-click and it’s just simply a matter of painting. If I need to reset my source area, I’ll simply move my curser someplace
else, right click and then left click to continue painting. If by chance I make a
mistake it’s simply a matter of doing Ctrl+Z to undo. Now I can also hold the Alt key down and this will allow me to change the size of my nib.
If I left click and drag my mouse with the Alt key held down. I’m going to make my mouse a little bit smaller and again, right-click my source and then left-click to fill that in. I’m going to select my
source up here left click and start to fill this in. I’m going to continue removing these lines and I’ll be right back and show another
feature within the application called Scratch Remover. We’re going to switch to
the Scratch Remover tool. The Scratch Remover tool was designed to remove scratches from damaged images but it’s also very effective at removing things like power lines, telephone poles or pipes that are distracting in the image.
I’ll select the Scratch Remover tool. Underneath the Clone tool we have the scratch remover and it works similarly to the Clone tool. If I left-click and drag you can see that I have two outside lanes and a center lane. Now the way this works is it takes the
source area as the two outside lanes and dumps it into the target area which is a
center lane so simply a matter of left clicking and dragging and very quickly remove the line for me. I can select this area along here and if I use my page up and page down key that will allow me to change the width of these lanes. It’s simply a matter of dragging along the line that I want to remove. Now we’re going to take a look at the Background Eraser tool. The Background Eraser tool let’s you selectively erase pixels. I’ll select the Background Eraser tool underneath the Eraser tool itself. You’ll find the Background Eraser here. Erase the background simply by holding down the left mouse button and dragging around the area that I want to erase. You’ll note the black
tip will erase whatever it touches. For example, if I move my cursor inwards to the edge of the roof, the black tip will touch that and erase it. Now it’s a good idea to let go of the mouse button once in a while so that if you do make a mistake, when you do a Ctrl+Z or an undo it doesn’t undo too much work. To
get in this area I’m simply left clicking and it will easily remove content from here. As you can see, the Background Eraser is very quick and easy to use. Now I’m going to replace this background with another image. On the right-hand side I’m going to mouse over top of my Layers palette and that will cause it to slide out to and I’m going to push this pin in that will lock it into place. In my Organizer tray at the bottom I’m going to drag this image, left click, bring it up into my Layers palette You’ll see it’s quite a bit smaller, that’s not
a problem at all. I’m going to position this in the bottom left hand corner,
stretch it upwards and now simply a matter of taking the image of the house
and moving ahead of the cloud image. That will then effectively replace the
background. I can see a couple of areas that I missed. I’m simply going to grab my Eraser tool and I can erase these objects easily. Next we’re going to take a look at the
Blemish fixer. It’s good for removing blemishes but it’s also good for removing
small areas or imperfections in the image. I’m going to open up this image and select the Makeover tools, which include blemish fixer, toothbrush, eye whitener, sun tan and thinify. I’m going to be using the Blemish Fixer. Zoom in to this area here. My cursor is a large circle with a smaller circle in the center. This works very similar to the Scratch Remover in that whatever’s in the outside channel will be dumped into the inside channel. With the Blemish Fixer I can hold the Alt key down and change the size of my brush. Simply click and it will remove the object. For this object I’m going to make my brush bigger and it’s simply a matter of
clicking in here and it’s removed that element for me. I can very quickly go around the image and remove the elements that I don’t want. For the next image I’m going to use the
Magic Fill. Magic Fill is one very powerful tool but it’s also very quick and easy to use. I’ll mask the area that I want to remove
and simply click on my action icon on the toolbar. In a matter of seconds it’s going to take the clownfish, remove it from the area, and backfill with the texture in behind. I’ll do a Ctrl+Z to remove my mask. I’m going to do the same effect on another image I can use the rectangular mask tool
or I can use the freehand selection mask. I’m going to use the freehand selection and draw a mask around my subject and click on the
action tool and we’re done. Ctrl-D will remove that mask and that’s all
there is to it. In this final image we’re going to use the Smart Carver to remove a person. From the Image menu, I’m going to select Smart Carver. This will bring up the Getting Started palette. There are a number of these in PaintShop Pro and they basically give you a 1-2-3 approach on how to use a specific tool. I’ll click on Close. With my brush selected I’ll paint over my subject, making sure to get all of the
elements that I want to remove from the image. If there’s a portion of the image that’s close to an object I don’t want to remove I’m going to use my preserve paintbrush and mask an area to protect. I’m going to click on auto-contract
horizontally, set my new dimension to 576, hit Enter, return back into PaintShop Pro with the object removed from the image. As you can see, there are a number of tools available in PaintShop Pro that make it easy to remove objects, backgrounds, imperfections and fix up your photos.

23 thoughts on “Removing Unwanted Objects from Photos with PaintShop Pro

  • March 15, 2016 at 12:31 pm
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    Very good.

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  • September 27, 2016 at 4:12 am
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    Thanks, very clear.

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  • March 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm
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    Very good instructional video. Clearly explained how to remove unwanted areas of photos. Thanks a lot!

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  • May 4, 2017 at 2:45 am
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    Thanks for the tutorial. Is there any way to get rid of the "X" when cloning? The older version allowed you to clone and it didn't have the X that followed it. A little annoying. Thank you.

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  • June 12, 2017 at 2:58 am
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    Absolutely thrilled to have found this video. I have a very old version of PSP 7 and didn't want to change over, fear was hanging around. Thanks to this tutorial, I learned exactly what I needed to know this time around and now I can't wait to jump into my new program and go through all the steps you just demonstrated. I will definitely be back for more! Thank you so much! Excellent tutorial – 10 STARS for sure!

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  • September 13, 2017 at 8:22 pm
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    Well done. Subscribed.

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  • October 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm
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    how do you get photos at the bottom to select? (organizer)

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  • October 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm
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    …. bem explicado !!!! Gostei !!!! 😉

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  • December 6, 2017 at 3:23 am
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    Hi There, great video! 👍 I'm using Corel Paintshop Pro X9 Ultimate to edit my artwork (drawings and paintings). I'm still quite new at using the software and need lots of help and practice. My question is: To cleanup line work in my art, which tool do I use then, the eraser tool or the makeup tool? Thanks! 🙌😃

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  • December 14, 2017 at 4:45 am
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    Wow great tools!

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  • March 1, 2018 at 6:47 pm
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    mşşşşşşşşşşşşşşşlş

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  • April 21, 2018 at 2:47 pm
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    many many thanks. it saves me. your tutorial is easy and precise.

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  • August 9, 2018 at 9:51 am
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    This guy has the MOST ANNOYING VOICE!

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  • August 30, 2018 at 9:01 am
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    How come it doesn't work for me? I can remove the image, but I'm just left with a distortion. ie you can see where the image has been removed.

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  • September 10, 2018 at 3:19 am
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    The smart carver tool…the beach scene on your video…I tried these steps in order obv & the final image is distorted so much it is not acceptable…what is the problem?…I"m using 7..as in Paintshop pro 7

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  • October 6, 2018 at 2:09 pm
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    How do you remove shadows on faces

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  • December 12, 2018 at 12:52 am
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    Thanks so much for this video … You are a life save.

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  • January 18, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    love it

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  • August 24, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Thank you.well done.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Apparently Corel wants to sell this Program. THEN answer these questions below then I will consider buying for $$$$$$ instead of GIMP or Photoscape X !

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  • October 19, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    3:32 Sorry that is a very poor edit in removing the power lines. 👎6:37 OMG, that's terrible! Its obvious something was removed there! 👎

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  • November 8, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    your easer background tool interseting

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