How to Remove People from Pictures?

Edit someone out in PhotoWorks or discover other methods below!


For Windows 11, 10, 8, 7


For macOS 12 and higher

How to remove a person from a photo like a pro

Are you familiar with the case when a stranger runs through your photo? Someone just walks into the scene as you click your camera shutter - it’s a common problem in the crowded tourist areas. Since you are looking for a solution, you don’t think your shots are completely spoiled. And right you are! With a powerful photo editor, you will erase people from your pictures in a flawless way. Take a deep breath - by the powerful editor, we don't necessarily mean Photoshop.

Read on to discover the best ways to delete unwanted people from an image. Whether you prefer online photo editors, mobile apps, or computer programs for PC and Mac, you’ll find the perfect option in this article. But first, we’ll show you how to remove someone from a picture using feature-rich software for beginners and pros - PhotoWorks. Why do we begin with this photo editor? It offers a bunch of easy-to-use tools that anyone can master, but still gives you professional-looking results - a couple of clicks and your photo is ready to be shared. So let’s see what PhotoWorks and other programs can do for you.

Picture with unwanted people Edited photo with deleted people

Editing people out in PhotoWorks: before vs after

What a stunning result! This is how removing people from photos looks like in PhotoWorks. To make images flawless, read the in-depth guide with several ways to delete a person. But first, install the handy program to put the ideas into practice right away - download the free trial and begin your photo editing journey.

For Windows 11, 10, 8, 7
For macOS 12 and higher

Method 1: Crop a Photo to Get Rid of Strangers

If unwanted people have dropped in close to the photo edges or one of its corners, just cut them out by cropping the image. You can get a nice bonus - the cropping tool in PhotoWorks will help you improve the global composition of the picture.

Before cropping strangers from a photo
After cropping strangers from a photo

Cropping out strangers: before vs after

Now, let’s see how to crop someone out of a picture with PhotoWorks step-by-step:

Step 1. Start PhotoWorks

Run the program and upload your photograph. Choose the most convenient way: click the Open Photo button or drag and drop the image file from your Windows or Mac pictures folder.

Insert the picture you want to edit

To begin with, start PhotoWorks and add the photo to improve

Step 2. Use the Crop Tool to Get Rid of Unwanted People

Move to the Tools tab and select the Crop tool. You will find a choice of cropping grids. Want to center the main person? Pick the Rule of Thirds type. Need to leave some space on one side yet attract the viewers’ eyes to the main object? The Golden ratio grid will suit you. Adjust the chosen grid overlay: set its aspect ratio and the rotation angle. To crop a stranger out, resize the grid by moving control handles. Using this option, you can take someone out of a photo as well as improve its overall composition.

Crop out strangers from the photo

Pick the Crop tool to cut unwanted people out of your pic

Step 3. Save the Image

After cutting all the unwanted people out, you can compare the edited photo with the original. Save the adjustments by clicking the Apply button. Next, hit Save to save the image to your computer or alternatively, print it right away.

Export the cropped photo

Like the result? Save the edited image

However, cropping someone out of your picture is not a very flexible way. For instance, if a stranger is standing right behind your back, you will need a more powerful eraser. The Healing Brush will help you sort out this issue. Note that it’s a perfect tool to delete objects from simple backgrounds.

Is there an entire crowd of tourists behind you? Wish you could replace them with something more eye-catching? Then find out how to add a new background to your photo.

Method 2: Use the Healing Brush to Remove a Person from a Photo

Before using the Healing Brush
After using the Healing Brush

Remove people with the Healing Brush and enjoy jaw-dropping results

Let’s learn how to edit someone out of a picture using the Healing Brush. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1. Launch PhotoWorks

Start the program and add the photo with unwanted people to work on.

Select a photo for further modifications

To try another method of deleting people, add your photo again

Step 2. Use the Healing Brush to Remove People from Pictures

Open the Retouch tab and pick the Healing Brush option on the right-hand panel. To remove the persons from your photo, you’ll need to carefully paint them over altogether with their shadows and reflections. Before you start, adjust the size of your brush, its feather and opacity by moving the same-name sliders. To make the brush bigger and more transparent with softer borders, drag the sliders to the right.

Get rid of people in photos with the Healing Brush

Erase unwanted people from your photo with the Healing Brush

Step 3. Save the Picture to Your PC or Mac

When you’re done with editing, view the result by comparing 2 photos - the source and the edited one. To do that, click Show original at the bottom of the program. Now, you can save the retouched image to your computer.

Time to save and share the edited image

Compare the result with the original - the person has vanished!

Although the Healing Brush lets you get a decent result, it’s not a one-size-fits-all instrument. If the background of your image with strangers is complicated, you might need a professional-level editing tool. We suggest that you try the Clone Stamp. With it, you can erase someone from a photo more delicately.

The Healing Brush is a go-to tool for erasing people from images, but it also works well for retouching portraits. So check out how to remove blemishes from photos with it - you won't regret trying the tool.

Method 3: Use the Clone Stamp for Removing People

To learn how to master the Clone Stamp in PhotoWorks, follow the 3 steps listed below:

Step 1. Run PhotoWorks

Launch the program and import the picture you want to edit.

Add a photo with unwanted people

Let's try one more method of deleting people

Step 2. Edit People Out of the Photos With the Clone Stamp

In the Retouch tab, click the Clone Stamp button. With this tool, you can easily make people disappear from your photos. Adjust the settings of the stamp - set how big, soft and transparent it will be. Then mark the spot you want to erase, clone the such-like area and replace the selection with it.

Remove strangers from images

Removing unwanted people from pictures with the Clone Stamp is easy

Step 3. Save the Result

Compare the original and the edited images. As you see, there is a major difference between them now - 2 guys have gone as if they’ve never been on the photograph. Now, apply the changes and save the picture to your PC or Mac.

Save the file on your computer

All the unwanted people have gone, you can save your improved photo

Prefer visual guides over texts? Then watch this video showing a quick way of removing people from images in PhotoWorks:


As you see, it takes just a minute or less to crop someone out of a photo with PhotoWorks. Want to see how it copes with your pictures? Download the free trial version below:

For Windows 11, 10, 8, 7
For macOS 12 and higher

Now, you have learnt how to get rid of undesired people with PhotoWorks and save your best shots. Want to improve them further? For example, fix the exposure issues, remove watermarks from pictures, adjust the color and white balance within the scene, remove sun glare from a photo or give a glamorous look to your portrait? Or, perhaps, you'd like to darken a part of an image, fix distortions, or edit the sky in pictures? All these modifications are possible in PhotoWorks, so using the program is a surefire way to take your photos to the next level.

How to Erase People from Pictures - Alternative Ways

Want to try more photo editors? No problem - here are some other ways to crop someone out of your pictures. If you’re looking for a computer program, GIMP might be a viable alternative to PhotoWorks. There are a few tools that can be used here - Magic Wand selection, Foreground select tool, and Color to Alpha. Besides, you can install the Resynthesizer plugin. All of them are quite easy to use, but you might struggle with finding them in the toolbar if it’s the first time you’re using GIMP.

If you need a more professional photo editor, then try Adobe Photoshop. It offers a huge range of features, but using the Polygonal Lasso and the Clone Stamp is the easiest way to remove unwanted crowds. Here’s how to edit someone out of a picture with them: pick the Polygonal Lasso, select the area you want to erase, and replace it with the Clone Stamp. The process might be time-consuming, but the result is worth it. You can also make use of Photoshop’s little brother - Adobe Lightroom. In this software, you can remove people from photos on Mac or Windows using the Healing Brush - adjust the brush and click and drag it to the area you want to replace the person with.

Delete people from photos with a mobile app

Try Photo Retouch for editing out a person

Would you like to edit the pictures on the go? Then go for mobile apps like Remove Unwanted Object for Android smartphones. To cut out a person, choose a photo from your gallery, paint over the unwanted person, and they will get deleted. Apple users can install Photo Retouch that is mainly used for editing portraits, but is also suitable for erasing a person. All you need to do is choose the Object Removal tool, select the unwanted people in the shot, compare the Before and After, and save the image.

But there's a way out in case you’re out of storage and can’t download anything on your device - learn how to erase someone from a photo online with a web-based photo editor like Inpaint. Just open the website, highlight the unwanted people with the red marker and hit the Play button. After that, Inpaint will process the image and show you the result.

How to Take Someone Out of a Picture: Conclusion

Wherever you take photos, there’s always someone who spoils the shot. But it’s not a problem anymore - now you know a handful of ways to fix it. We showed you how to edit people out of photos using mobile applications, online and computer photo editors including the beginner-friendly PhotoWorks. You can try the lightweight software for free, so don’t hesitate to experiment with its tools first and then check out other programs. Pick a photo editor and perfect your pictures today!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is it possible to remove a stranger from your photograph?

  2. There are several ways to do that, depending on your skill. The best way is to use the Healing Brush.

    Discover a step-by-step guide

  3. Сan you remove tourists from travel photos?

  4. Sure, however, that's not easy. Travel photos have lots of little details, so you need a precise tool with a manual control in order to carefully remove a person.

    Conceal an unwanted object in a few clicks

  5. How do you remove a background person in a photo?

  6. Sometimes, when the person ruined your photo composition completely, the best decision is to simply add the new photo background.

    Read a quick guide on how to add a background

  7. Can you remove a person from a photo without Photoshop?

  8. Yes, you can. There are lots of easy-to-use image editors that allow you to remove unwanted objects from your photos. Use the link below to get one right now:

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