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Photoshop Tutorial – How to Remove Tourists From Crowded Locations

We’ve noticed a lot of you have been searching for Photoshop tips here on the site. As I use primarily Lightroom about 95% of the time, I wanted to bring you some tips from other photographers who use Photoshop a bit more.

This week Serge Ramelli, a French photographer from Paris, will show you how to remove unwanted crowds of people in your photos. This can happen especially at popular tourist locations. One way is to avoid the crowds – but if you want to capture the entire scene, try this trick:

You’ll notice that Serge does his preliminary image processing in Lightroom and then takes the files over to Photoshop. If you don’t use Lightroom you can still do this – just open the images as layers from Bridge instead. Go to: Tools > Photoshop > Load Files into Photoshop Layers (below).


This is a handy little trick to use if you are trying to photograph a spot where there are lots of people. Of course you can decide to include them in your shot, but if you want a nice clean image with no people – give this a try. It will work better if you do use a tripod, and shoot as many images as you can so that Photoshop has lots of data to work with. Wait a little bit between each shot – don’t shoot them rapid fire – so you give the people a chance to move around within the scene.

Photoshop for Beginners online video courseIf you enjoyed this tutorial Serge has full courses on many different subjects available on his site. I know the quality of his videos and his teaching and would recommend them for you if you want some more advanced training beyond the basics in Photoshop.

Check out his course: Photoshop for Photographers.

If you have some Photoshop questions and requests for other articles, please tell me what you’d like to learn in the comments below. I will try and get you help with those topics!


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    Darlene, I see that, like many people, you primarily use Lightroom. I do the same, but have started to use/learn a little about Photoshop for the things that Lightroom doesn’t do well (e.g., large object removal) or doesn’t do at all (e.g., layers). As you know, it’s a huge and complicated program. Given that many people use Lightroom to do the majority of their processing, and with all of the plugins available these days which tend to be more intuitive and/ or faster to use than PS, do you still generally recommend to people that they take the time to learn PS thoroughly (at least as it apples to photographers)?

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