Have you ever ruined a shot because you accidentally captured your own shadow? Photoshop can help you remove shadows from photos – shadows of yourself or other objects.
Here are a few fast and easy ways to remove shadows from photos.
How to Remove Shadows From Photos
Using the Patch Tool to Remove Shadows
Step 1: Open and Duplicate the Background
Step 2: Select the Patch Tool
Select the Patch tool from the tool bar on the left.
Make sure to select ‘Content-Aware‘ in the Patch dropdown menu.
By doing this, Photoshop will help you by creating new pixels. This will make transitions as smooth as possible.
Step 3: Remove the Shadow
Make a selection of the shadow you want to remove.
Drag the selection to an area that looks similar. In my case, I need an area with sand. While dragging, you can see the selected area change.
Let go when you’re satisfied with the area you’ve chosen and Photoshop will smoothen it out.
This is the result.
Using the Clone Stamp Tool to Remove Shadows
The Clone Stamp tool is perfect when you want more control over what you do, when removing shadows from photos. Try both if you’re not sure which one will get the best results.
I will use the Clone Stamp to remove the shadow on the left.
Step 1: Open and Duplicate
Repeat Step 1 from the Patch tool technique.
Step 2: Select the Clone Stamp Tool
Click on the clone stamp tool in the toolbar on the left.
Pick a soft medium sized brush.
A soft brush will get you the best result because of the smooth edges.
Step 2: Select the Clone Source
Next, we need to select the pixels we will use to remove the shadow from the photo. Move the cursor to the area you want to take pixels from. I need sand again.
Use Alt-click to confirm the source pixels. The cursor will change into crosshairs.
The moment you click, the cursor will change and show the pixels you’ve selected.
Step 3: Remove the Shadow From the Photo
Zoom in and start painting over the shadow you want to remove.
For the best result, use different clone sources to cover the shadow. If it doesn’t look natural, go back and take pixels from another part of the photo and paint again.
It’s important to avoid patterns like this:
These patterns are a tell tale sign of cloning and removing an object or shadow from a photo.
Repeat until it looks natural. If you want to go a few steps back in Photoshop, use undo. Cmd + Z in Mac OS or Ctrl + Z in Windows.
It’s easy to remove shadows from photos in Photoshop and there are a lot of tools available.
Always try out different techniques to find out which one works best for you. Make sure to avoid patterns to get a natural result.
And don’t forget to duplicate the background layer. You don’t want to lose the original photo.