My Secret to Erase Anything when Photoshop fails!

My Secret to Erase Anything when Photoshop fails!


– Bonjour madames y monseure. In this episode, I wanna talk to you how you can erase a complex element in your photo after using Photoshop. If you don’t know how to
erase complex elements in your photo, you could be
missing out a lot on something. You could have an amazing photo
like this photo that I have and have this car that just
totally ruins the photo and then you never get the
exposure, or the likes, or the effects you want to create. If you stay until the end, I’m going to show you my workflow on how to erase complex subject that the content-awareness field does not handle properly and what can you do? (mystical music) So I have this photo and check this out. I just love the mood of the photo. This is the Maison Rose in Montmartre and just the beautiful
street of Montmartre. I love the lights here and I was thinking about crop, I actually already cropped the photo, and I was going to crop it even more cause I wanted to get rid of the car. But here’s the problem, by cropping it even more, if I take the car out, you see, oh that was the original crop. If I take the car completely out, I’m cutting out this
and I’m cutting out this and I want this to be in full. I want something like that, like. Yeah and I don’t want to crop this. So, I want something like this. So, how to get rid of this complex car? Well the method I’m gonna show you is something I’ve completely invented. I’m sure there’s better methods out there. If you know one, leave me a comment. I’m always willing to learn. I learn and I share and
that’s the way I rock. I make two videos per week. Please give it a like if you can and share this video and subscribe to my channel if you didn’t subscribe. And let me show you how I do it. It’s a little bit of complex, it’s not so much a beginner tutorial but I’m going to try to make
it as easy as possible for you. So the first thing that I do is I duplicate my original layer so that I’m not working
on the original layer and so that we can compare things. And basically the problem is that if I go here and I select
this whole car here and these two people and I go into Edit, Content-Aware Fill you see, no matter what I do, look at this. I’m going
to get a weird result like I’m getting things like I don’t even know what
to tell the software to copy and paste there
because there’s nothing to copy and paste there. So I’m actually gonna do it
so you can see the difference. So that’s what Photoshop could do and I’m gonna show you
how I’m gonna do it. So the way I do it is I
actually create textures. Take a texture from one side of the photo and I put it over what’s missing. So I’m gonna start out
by the sidewalk here and I want to take this texture here and put it over there
and to cover the car. So for this, what I do is, I take the I press P for the pen tool and the pen tool is really easy to use. I click here cause I don’t wanna have this well actually we could use
it, we’ll correct this. Command-Z to undo. I’m goonna click here one time. And I’m gonna make a selection here, selection there, here, and here, okay? So now I made a, it’s
not a selection line, it’s just a path. We call that a path. But if I right-click on the path and I can make a selection and this one I’m gonna make it I’m gonna give it five pixel of feather. Now that’s very important for this because it’s gonna make
it a little bit blurry. So five pixel. And so now I have a
selection of the sidewalk which is a little bit
feathers of five pixel. And now I’m gonna press
Command-J on my keyboard. So what Command-J did and if I hold on the Option
key and click on the eyes It’s going to put this on its own layer and you can see here it’s very feathered. Okay and if I hold on the Option
key and I click on the eyes everything comes back to normal. Now I’m going to take the Move tool and I’m just gonna move
this to the right, you see? And I’m going to place it to where I think the sidewalk is gonna go. So I press Command-T if I need to I can even
rotate it a little bit because I believe it’s gonna go this way and that’s not all. Now I’m gonna press the
Option key on my keyboard and click and drag this texture again. Okay now that I’ve got
these two textures here, I can select them,
right-click, merge layer, and that’s gonna merge them into one. I can call this “Side walk”. Now it looks weird at first
but it’s not finished. What I can do now is I can use the Stamp tool,
I press S for Stamp Tool and any tool in Photoshop if
you press Control and Alt key and click and drag you
can make your Stamp tool bigger or smaller. It works with everything. And now, you see, I want to
get rid of this weird texture so I can press the Alt key
and I can just brush here and oh, I’m gonna undo that. So one thing you need to
make sure, which I didn’t do, is you need to make sure
the Hardness is at zero. You want your Stamp tool to be
very feathered, very smooth. Okay let’s do it again. So the way the Stamp tool
works is you press Alt and then you see a
preview what you are doing and then you just brush here. So I’m copying this texture
here and maybe this one here and I’m just trying to correct the issue and what you can do is you
press and drag, press and drag and sometimes you’re gonna
get like repeating patterns, that’s okay. We can correct that later. I can take this one and click here. And you know, the sidewalks
in Paris are so random anyway that it’s gonna kind of look cool. So look at this, before and after. We put the sidewalk back there and if you look at it from
far, it’s pretty cool. Usually I would spend more time on it with the Stamp tool to
make sure that it’s perfect but I don’t want this
tutorial to take two hours. So far I’m already
we’re off to good start. Now comes the tricky part. We have like a couple there behind a lamp and there’s a car. So the first thing is, is I
wanna copy this texture here down all the way to the sidewalk. So for this I’m gonna go
back on the original layer and, same technique,
I’m gonna P for Pen tool and I’m gonna take, I’m
gonna go here, click here, click here, here, here, and this time because
it’s a very finite line, I’m not gonna make a
selection of five but of one. And I’m gonna press Command-J
to put this on its own layer Take the Move tool,
with the V is Move tool, or you can click here for the Move tool. And I’m gonna click and drag this here. And you wanna make sure that
sidewalk is on top of this. so I’m gonna put this
because then as I go down, it’s gonna go behind the person. Now we can see something is weird there and the color and the
luminosity don’t match. But that’s fine, first
I’m gonna press Command-T Which Command-T is the
Free Transform tool, the most used tool in Photoshop. So I’m gonna right-click
here, go to Perspective, and I’m gonna slide this up,
slide this up a little bit and by going to Perspective,
I can make this, yeah, slide this up, I
wanna make this match here a little bit, like that and maybe make it a little bit longer. Oops. Right-click, you can go back
to scale, make it a bit longer, a bit more scale, something like this and it doesn’t really match
because the colors don’t match but I’ll show you a magic trick. We’re going to use the
Levels to make this match. So I’m gonna press
Command-L and by going here, Command-L just opens the
layer on this one thing and all you need to
understand is play around with this middle slider here. Look at this, if I go on the right, I’m matching the same luminosity. On the left it’s too bright,
on the right I’m matching it. And you need to go a little bit darker because the light was going
darker as it was going down. Something like this. Okay. I love this. And now, I’m going to hold
on the Option key like I did, click and drag to make
another one, Command-T, right-click, Perspective
and let’s play around. And you know, you don’t need to be exact because the structures in
Paris are so weird anyway. I don’t think anybody’s gonna notice. I can make it a little
slightly bigger there. And again, you see the
color needs to be adjusted. So same thing, Command-L
and move this to the right a little bit. Okay, cool. So now we’ve
got these two things here. I’m gonna right-click, Merge Layer, and I’m gonna call this “white wall” and I’m gonna show you, if I move out, so now we’ve created the
white wall, the side walk, so we have the white wall
and we have the side walk. Okay but we still have a lot to go, we still have this whole part here. So we have the white wall
and we have the side walk, now what can we do about
this couple here and the car? Well, it’s gonna be even more tricky. So what I’m gonna do is
I’m gonna take this texture and I’m gonna copy it all over here and let’s see if we can pull that off. So, what I’m gonna do is,
I’m just gonna go here, take the Pen tool, take
some kind of like blank yeah, kind of like this
part here to start with. All I care about is the texture. This time, I’m gonna go
Make Selection… and one Okay, make sure you’re on the basic layer when you do this, Command-J and now I can move this
using the Move tool and I’m going to put this,
where am I going to put this? I want to hide, I want to hide this maybe. Yeah, I want to hide this. So, I’m gonna zoom in
and again, Command-L, check this out and I’m
gonna make it match. Ooo! Make it match. Okay. We can see there’s still some stuff there but already the matching
really works well. Okay, and now I’m gonna
hold on the Option key with the Move tool and I’m
just gonna click and drag one more here and because we
have sidewalk that’s on top, that’s kinda cool and
same thing, Command-L to make it darker, you
have to make it darker as it goes down. Okay, we have some things but
we’ll take care of that after. And then Command-Alt,
I’m gonna put this here on the side, here, Command-Alt, here, and Command-Alt, here. So yes, we can see some things. So all these layers, I’m
gonna select them all, press right-click, Merge Layer, and I’m gonna call this “green wall”. Okay, and so we still have this part there but okay so now to make this match, what you can do is just use the Stamp tool as we did before. And you just take like
some kind of the middle of the texture here and you just, oops, and make sure when you use the Stamp tool that all layers is active
so that everything, you know, in case I wanna
pick up some of that texture and mix it, it’s there. And I can use the Stamp tool
just to mix things together. Oops, Command-Z if you do something weird like I just did. (clicking) And voila, it’s so cool. It just blends everything. Oops, again made a mistake there. So. (clicking) and it works well because the
Stamp tool is very feathered, You see? Okay and again, I would
probably spend more time on it, you know, but honestly,
this is already pretty good. It’s looking good. We are
reconstructing this part of the photo. Okay, last but not least,
we still have that. So, same idea, I’m gonna go
back on the original layer, I’m gonna, so I’ll show
you a really cool trick. What I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna take the Pen tool and I’m going to follow just like if there was this line here. (clicking) And I’m gonna follow that. (clicking) Okay. Let’s see if that can work. And I’m gonna right-click,
Make Selection… of one pixel. Now, that selection is at the wrong place. What I’m gonna do now is, I’m actually gonna move that selection, Select, Transform Selection,
and I’m gonna move it to the left here, on the clean wall. Okay, and then, on the green wall, because I’m taking it from the green wall, I’m gonna press Command-J,
and I’m gonna move this over and it should sort of match
perfectly what we were doing. Okay, that’s pretty good! And I’m gonna right-click
and merge these two layer you know, as I, as I build this thing. Okay, now it’s looking, it’s pretty good, it’s pretty good, it’s pretty good. I still have a few things to correct. Like here, we can see the
car, it’s kinda weird. So I’m just gonna take the Stamp tool and I’m just gonna correct
this with the Stamp tool. And sort of rebuild. You know, another thing you can do, actually, another trick,
actually what I did originally, is I just took this part here with the Pen tool you know, even this
with little things here, and right-click, Make Selection… Actually to a feather of zero. Okay, you go on the
original photo, Command-J and then V to move it down. Okay, so I’m basically
copying the top here and I can adjust it and I
can make it a bit bigger because it would be bigger in real life. Okay, I have to move over here. Yes, I have to move over the white wall and over the green wall, which is, that’s the green wall, I believe. All right, let’s see,
is that the green wall? I’m gonna, press and hold. Yeah, that’s the green wall. Okay, perfect. That’s the white wall, and that’s where I am now. Okay, cool. So we call this the “lamp”. And Command-T and I’m just basically gonna make it smaller here. You can move it also using
the arrows on the keyboard. And I’m just reconstructing the lamp. Look at this. So now I’m gonna take everything and merge everything with that layer. Merge Layer, so all the
corrections that we did now is merged into one photo. That’s the before, that’s the after. Pretty good. Now, to make it even
better, we can see here there’s something weird. So, on the image, I’m gonna
take the Pen tool again and I’m gonna make some kind
of random selection here where basically this is
called ambient occlusion. It’s supposed to be a shadow here. It’s supposed to be
like a very neat shadow and I’m gonna go here,
right-click, Make Selection… Zero is fine. Command-L and again I’m
gonna go to the right, I’m gonna darken this whole thing here. Okay, Command-D. Now, you see it’s too, it’s too bright, so, I’m gonna, basically, right-click, I went Command-Z,
Command-Z, Make Selection… And I’m gonna go, maybe, three radius. So now it’s a little bit feather, Command-L and maybe not
that far, just a little bit just to make this a little bit darker. Yeah, that’s kinda cool. Yeah that’s, I don’t think
anybody’s gonna notice that. And you know, I could spend more time with the Stamp tool, making
sure everything is perfect. There’s a bit of a bleed there. You know, but you get the general idea. Basically, the workflow is really simple; number one, take a texture from one side, put it to the other;
number two, use the levels to match the luminosity; number three, use the Stamp tool to make it match completely. And this is like a patch work, but this photo, guys, was kind of like my most liked photo on Instagram over the last month and I wanted to share this with you. You actually can download this photo and I give you a little challenge, you try to do the same
thing that I just did and post it on Instagram,
tag me @PHOTOSERGE and I will share the best on my story. So you just, you do a
story, you put @PHOTOSERGE on your story, so I can share it, because you can only share
stories on Instagram. Put your name on it and
the one who did a good job, I’ll share it and you’re
gonna get some good followers out of my 80,000 followers on Instagram. All right guys, I hope
you learned something. If you know a better way of doing this, just leave me a comment,
tell me how you’re doing it and that’s how I’ve been
doing it for 15 years and I will see you next Tuesday.


60 thoughts on “My Secret to Erase Anything when Photoshop fails!

  1. Thanks very much. I learned a lot but…… The lantern  here is like a flat object against the wal. Waterpipes you can find them aganst  the wall but the lantern pole is supposed to be away from the wall. Look at the lamp in top. Thank you

  2. Nice one Serge. You went a different route that I would have taken. But it totally works because you simplified the image. Great job. Ill send this to a fellow photographer he is always in awe of these things.

  3. love you Serge ! Amazing stuff . you are perfect if only you did french cooking tutorials 😀 it would be the mega package <3

  4. There is the possibility of seeing the owner and asking him to roll his car down about 15 feet. Problem solved another way. 🙂

  5. Excellent video! Thanks for sharing that, it's very helpful! I like how you did the selection of the texture. I've been selecting the area that needs to be fixed and then using the clone tool to copy matching texture into it. Sometimes I use the healing brush to randomize the texture so it blends and doesn't stand out as a copy. I have also used a brush tool with color picking tool (match the color) to paint in details that I can't copy.

  6. Hi Serge, hope you are well, I have been watching your toolbox video and have downloaded the presets unfortunately I seem to have about 6 rather than the full set.
    How do I get the rest. Have I downloaded incorrectly? Many thanks though brilliant effect.

  7. Hi Serge, another great video! One question: any particular reason for using the pen tool and then converting into path? You could just make a path to begin with . . . take care, Heiko

  8. Sir I have canon 750d with 18-55mm and 55-250mm stm so which lense and accessorie should I buy next plz reply……..

  9. Wonderful episode Serge. I'll be in Paris next spring and I'll look for Maison Rose. 😉 (Is the food any good? I'll eat there!) I think, but I'm not sure, that I would have come up with most of those techniques but the one I would have missed was using levels to even out the color and brightness. I would have wasted hundreds, perhaps thousands, of hours fooling with additional layers. I noticed that using the clone stamp tool left some artifacts. There are ways to deal with that as I'm sure you know; you could use the smudge tool to gets the boundary lines out or, I would think maybe the better way is to use the blur tool on the individual layers before you merge them. Ciao!

  10. Thank you so much Serge!! Very helpful…, I learned a lot, as always with your videos.
    Kind regards, Peter

  11. I would move the car and ask those people to step aside, my skills in Photoshop are very bad 😔
    Thanks for the video 👍🏻

  12. Amazing work, my friend! The magic secret is “Ctr L”(levels) that makes colors match…congrats for the patience to spend so long on it.

  13. Serge, I realized while watching your video that I have done a portion of this method, but you opened up additional processing steps that will help me when I need to do this again. Great video. Again, Thanx for your instruction.

  14. There is quite a big problem with the street lamp, if you look at the top of it, it is obvious that it's placed 1 or 2 meters ahead of the wall. It should be (I guess) pretty much along the same imaginary line of those border posts, that is, very near the side of the larger stones that delimit the sidewalk. The way you reconstructed it, instead, it appears to be originating next to the wall, actually in touch with it, just like the trough does. The problem, obvious, is that this way the top of the street lamp, the lamp itself, should be intermingled with the balcony! And that of course is absurd. Not to mention the evident disproportion of the lamp's top, that looks enormous in comparison with the window.

  15. Hi Serge: Could I see you erasing in a video all the cars parked on both sides of Washington Street in DUMBO Brooklyn, New York showing only Manhattan Bridge and Empire St. Building? Any time of day or night you go there, there are cars parked unless a movie crew removes them?

  16. This is pretty much what I’ve done since I’ve learned to use photoshop 15 years ago but I never thought to use levels to quickly match the color. Thank you so much for this great trick

  17. It would be better if you use the stamp clone tool in perspective with the vanishing point filter.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMU-bRTpByY

  18. Police Border your photos.
    – Does it mean take care of its borders?
    Sorry but my English is not very good.

  19. Worth it just for the idea of selecting what you don't want then transferring the selection over the texture you want, then copying, then moving that back over what you don't want…works about the same in Affinity Photo. Seems obvious, but I've seldom "hovered" my selection outline. Clearly it's an essential trick.

  20. Nice… But this is not your! photo…. It, s a fake construction in Photoshop that has nothing to Do with photography

  21. thanks Serge. great tips. one thing…the lamp base should extend into the side walk a few feet from the wall.

  22. you missed making the base for the lamp as it cannot appear to come from the side of the building and must have some distance and be planted closer to the curb. You can get the base from the lamp on the other street and add it to the one you are working on and transform to match needed size.

  23. I'm surprised that nobody has pointed out the perspective discrepancy in the"white wall" :the direction of the "horizontal" lines are all parrallel in your final picture; they should converge to the right. The correct process is to use the stamp tool in vanishing point !

  24. serge ramelli . you spend a lot of time becaus of this photo . I wish I was there make wall for you . it will be easy

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