How to Delete Photobombers

It is sometimes annoying when you captured a very beautiful spot or landmark but someone just ruined the view. Good thing Photoshop has a capability of editing photos which can remove photobombers in the background.

Let me show you a great example of photo I took in Hundred Islands, Alaminos Pangasinan. Look closely and you will see a man below who just ruined the view.

How to delete that man tutorial

I used a Content-Aware feature which is available in Photoshop CS5, I’m pretty sure this is also available in CS6, not sure if CS4 has this though.

It is like a Clone Stamp tool where it picks the closest background; but I find Content-Aware smarter to use as it doesn’t look edited or something has been removed.


Step-by-step guide

  1. Open the photo that you want to edit and select the Lasso tool (you can choose Polygonal, Lasso, or Magnetic). In my case I chose Lasso, as the subject has lots of curves. When finished, you will see a moving line which is called the marquee.
  2. Right click the marquee then choose Fill.
  3. Under the Contents Use, choose Content-Aware. Opacity should be 100%. Then hit OK.

So did you try it? If the result is unlikely from what you want, just repeat the steps above or hit CTRL + ALT + Z (Undo action) until Photoshop gives you your desired result.

To see difference, here is animated result:

Another example

The photo was shot in Alona Beach, Bohol. I owned the beach by removing those people in the background.

How to delete that man tutorial

In the finished product, I also edited my bulging belly. Hope you learned from this tutorial. You can also enter your email address below the Receive Travel and Photography Updates to get more Tutorial updates from my blog.

  • killerfillers

    Thanks..madownload nga CS5.

  • Batang Lakwatsero

    nice one. hehe. nakakatuwa tlga mag-bura ng mga extra sa picture. hehe..

  • mervz |

    WOW! ma try nga ito… minsan nga may mga naka-singit na kelangan tanggalin eh… Thanks for sharing Ada! I’ll check the other tutorials… :)

  • Micamyx|Senyorita

    Love the tutorial! I-try ko nga itong gawin. I-crop out kita sa travel pics LOL joke wahaha keep it up Ada love <3

  • Robbie

    Ada ang ganda mooooooo!

  • Adelle

    nice tutorial…i’m just starting to learn Photoshop if you can believe it and your tips will be helpful. I’m looking forward for more :)

  • Ada

    Yup ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sarap gamitin, you can also use it not for people but for kawad ng kuryente as well that’s blocking the view ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Ada

    ahaha uu naadict nga ako dito eh =))

  • Ada

    Masaya magbura ng mga di kanais nais Mervs HAHA!!

  • Ada

    AHAHAHA!! I-crop din kita actually nacrop na kita dati =))

  • Ada

    Ako ba??? Typo error, ganda mo or ganda no??? HAHA

  • Ada

    Oh thanks much Adelle! I’ll do more tutorials soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hihihih

  • Christian | Lakad Pilipinas

    Great tutorial Ada! Gusto ko rin gumawa ng mga ganitong tutorials kaso ang hirap!!! Hats off to you! :)

  • Ada

    Thanks Christian! Bara bara nga gawa ko dito eh haha! Glad you like it though hihih ๐Ÿ˜‰ Gawa ka na din ๐Ÿ˜€

  • The Pinoy Explorer

    Cool! I am still using the Jurassic CS3! Now it’s 6! Just cool! very cool! thanks for sharing!

  • Ada

    Ang Jurassic ay ang CS! AHAHA! Bilis nila magupgrade noh. You’re welcome Pinoy Explorer! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Wander Shugah

    konti lang ang alam ko sa photoshop but ng natry ko to feeling pro na kagad ako. kaadik lng mag crop ng mga d kanaisnais. chos! Salamat ada. and ohh more tuts soon! <3

  • Ada

    Thanks Shugah!! Di pala nakareply sayo hehe

  • #TownExplorer | @edmaration

    Great one Ada! Karelate ako kay sir Ding. Ako prehistoric pa yata yung P.S. version ko.
    Natuwa naman ako sa bulging belly mo, tinignan ko talaga at oo nga may difference sa kabila. Hehe. Galing-galing!

  • endette

    thanks for the info, this will be so useful lalo na mga katulad kong ndi syado aral sa photo editing..

  • Ada

    You’re welcome Endette! Madali lang siya, try na! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Jofa Siรฑel

    Hi ada! Kanina ko pa binabasa blog mo since I saw it while searching for travel guides going to Macau-HK. I’ll be traveling alone kasi this sunday ๐Ÿ˜€ Until na-reach ko na tong post mo sa kakabasa. I admire your photos a lot. haha. Penge ako tips :)

    jfsinel07 @ gmail dot com :) Thank you

  • catherine iblan

    Awesome! hahaha

  • vidasioson

    Wow that is awesome. I barely edit my photos, but after seeing your blog (with both quality photos and quality content), damn it looks like I need to step up and take some time doing these things. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Mark dela Rosa

    Nice article, Ada. Kelangan kong matuto nito lalo na’t dumarami ang photo bombs. Haha!

  • makati hotels

    nice job! and definitely would love to learn more. I tried to subscibe but it’s been de-activated…