And then there was one.
Figures airbrushed out of history as they were purged (shot) by Stalin.
(From The Commissar Vanishes by David King)
Small-Print Tutorial - Making Your Own Stalinist Purges
Messy divorce? Split-up with girl/boyfriend? Goofy looking stranger in the background? Removing embarrassing figures from images isn't just for genocidal Communist dictators any more. Here's how.
If the background is regular, without dramatic differences in shading, you may get away with just copying a suitable blank bit of the background and pasting it over the offending figure. Click the Free Select Icon in the Toolbox (or <Tools><Selection Tools><Free Select> or Shift+F). Then click around the area you want to copy. When you get back to your starting point the outline of the area will change to be a dashed line. Ctrl+C to copy and then Ctrl+V to paste. Use the Move Tool to move the pasted area into position, then click the anchor icon in the Layers window to lock it in place.
Often you can get away with cloning another region of the image. Click the Clone Tool icon in the Toolbox (or <Tools><Paint Tools><Clone> or Shift+C). Hold down the Control key while clicking on the area you want to copy from, then release the Control key and click and drag over the target area to paint a copy (clone) of the source area.
TIP: the source and target areas can be on different layers or even different images - just be careful! (Don't try this while drunk or high.)
Finally, a great tool for rubbing out blemishes or smoothing the edges of copied or cloned regions is the Smudge Tool (or <Tools><Paint Tools><Smudge> or Shift+S).
Tomorrow we'll post a step-by-step example of using these techniques on a "walking Leo" picture. For now, please play around with Smudge, Clone and Free Select.
As an exercise, edit out all the members of the Obama cabinet who've been accused of tax fraud or have resigned "to pursue other interests" since this first cabinet meeting.