Many photographers are willing to take photos of animals and wildlife. Unfortunately, they need to travel halfway across the world to stalk them in their natural habitats. A reasonable option is to pay a visit to Zoos and wildlife-oriented parks, they provide perfect opportunities to photograph exotic and often dangerous wildlife. However, thick security fences often make it difficult to create truly excellent shots.
The good news is that modern digital editing software like Photoshop offers all you need to remove fences from your photos.
In this post, I will explain the steps required to remove a fence from a photo. First I will mention the shortcuts used in this example. At the end of the post, you will find some more examples.
Useful Photoshop shortcuts
- Zoom in: Ctrl + +
- Zoom out: Ctrl + –
- Brush tool: B
- Increase Brush Size: ]
- Decrease Brush Size: [
- Default Foreground/Background colors: D
- Switch Foreground/Background colors: X
- Clone Stamp tool: S
- Undo: Ctrl + Z
- Deselect: Ctrl + D
- Add to a selection: Any selection tool + Shift-drag
- Subtract from a selection: Any selection tool + Alt-drag
How to remove a fence from your photo
In this method, we are going to use the brush tool to paint over the fence in a separate layer, and then turn this painting into a selection, (You can also use any selection tool to make the selection, polygon Lasso tool is appropriate for straight fences) and finally fill this selection with the content-aware fill tool. The following are the detailed systematic explanation.
Open photo in Photoshop
Duplicate the original layer. By right-clicking on the layer and choose the Duplicate layer. Then name it “final”.
Add a new layer
Name it “fence”
Choose the brush tool from the toolbar or click B, adjust the size of the brush using ] or [
The brush size has to be a little larger than the bar of the fence, it is better to make the selection bigger and larger to include all the edges of the fence inside the selection.
Start painting with black on the fence layer. To paint a straight line, click at the beginning of the line then hold shift key and click at the end of the line. Keep painting until you paint over the whole fence.
Right-click on the fence layer a menu will appear, then choose Select pixels as shown below
The fence, which is painted black, will turn into a selection.
Make the final layer active by clicking on it in the layer panel, select any selection tool (Lasso tool for example) the right click on the layer final, then choose fill
The following menu shows up, Make sure that you choose Content-Aware in the content, and remember to check the Color Adaptation box (this will help adjusts the brightness and contrast of the filled area to better match its surroundings).
Press O.K to do the content-aware fill action
Photoshop will process the selected fence and change it with the surrounding content around the fence. To see the result just hide the fence layer.
You may need to fine-tune the final image; you may use the clown stamp tool.
The before and after images are shown below.
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