As I have been working on my shots from a family trip to Alaska in 2006 I ran across some interesting shots that were totally ruined by nasty foreground fencing. All of the images are from an animal park, taken through the fences, also as I was with a tour group I was forced to shoot through the fence. I captured images with a fence dominating my view but I remembered just seeing the animal. Rather like the following pair of images.
After a bit of wandering on the web I came across a video on the PixImperfect channel of YouTube that suggested a technique that totally worked for me. Below is a link to the video. The remainder ofthis post will set through my useof the technique on a sample image.
Create a Layer to be used as a Mask
Use Painted "Mask" Layer to Make Selection
- Select the background (or a copy of the background - ⌘J) by left clicking it to make it the currently selected layer.
- Cmd-Left-Click (⌘Click) on the thumbnail for the "Mask" layer. You should see marching ants that indicate the selected area which corresponds to the paining in the "Mask" layer.
Use Content-Aware-Fill to Perform Magic
Your screen display will change while Photoshop computes the replacements. This can take a few seconds. When it has finished, you should see something like this:
Results Could Be Better
- Merge All Visible Layers on to New Layer (Cmd-Opt-Shift-E)
- Moved the new layer to the top of the stack
- Painted on fixes with the Spot Healing Brush