How to Remove People from Photos

Remove people from photos with Movavi Photo Editor:

  1. Download the photo editor.

  2. Add your picture to the program.
  3. Mark and remove objects.
  4. Save the edited photo.

*The trial version of Movavi Photo Editor has the following restrictions: you can save up to 10 images with added watermark, screenshots are disabled.

How to remove a person from a photo

Edited by Ben Jacklin
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If you enjoy traveling, you probably know how difficult it can be to take the picture you want in a crowded tourist spot. Every time you think you have a clear shot at a fantastic view, someone walks right in front of your camera just as you click the shutter. And when you show your photos to your friends back home, the first thing they ask is, “And who’s that guy?”

Fortunately, technology today lets you get rid of unwanted people in photographs with almost no effort. All you need is the right software to help you remove a person from your photo – after that, there’ll be no more questions about strangers in your pictures.

In this article, we’ll cover four ways to remove people from photos: with an online tool, with Adobe Photoshop, with an app for your smartphone, and with Movavi Photo Editor. You will be able to compare these tools: feel free to choose the best one for you!

How to edit people out of pictures with Movavi Photo Editor

This desktop app is packed with useful functions, and it can help you with object removal in just a few clicks. Every step is clear, and even if you’re a complete beginner, you won’t have any problems understanding what to do next. Use the guide below to make the process even easier.


  • Lightweight

  • Quick


  • Only the trial version is free

Step 1. Install Movavi Photo Editor

Open the downloaded file and follow the installation instructions.

Step 2. Add your picture

To add a photo for editing, click the Browse for Images button or just drag and drop the photo onto the Movavi Photo Editor working area.

Add pictures with unwanted items to Movavi Photo Editor

Step 3. Mark and remove objects or people

Use the Brush tool in the Smart Eraser tab to mark the object you want to delete. You can also use the Magic Wand or Lasso for selection. To erase unwanted marks, use the Eraser tool. Then click Start Erasing to remove the person or object.

Use the Stamp tool to clear up any minor imperfections left after erasing – it works by enabling you to copy any part of the photo to the spot you need to clean up.

Mark and remove objects or people from the photo

Step 4. Save the edited photo

After removing all the unwanted items, click the Floppy disk icon in the upper-right corner of the interface. In the window that opens, enter the name of the output photo, choose the output folder, and select the file type. Finally, click the OK button to save the photo.

Save the photo without extra objects

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*The trial version of Movavi Photo Editor has the following restrictions: you can save up to 10 images with added watermark, screenshots are disabled.

How to delete someone from a picture with Photoshop®

Adobe Photoshop® is one of the most popular photo editors around. It has loads of features, so many that not even a skilled user can say that they are familiar with all of them. But removing people, faces, or things is a pretty basic task, and there’s nothing particularly hard about doing it. Here’s what to do:

  1. Open the program. In the File menu, select Open. Find your image and click Open again.

  2. To mark the unwanted object, use the Lasso tool: it’s in the left-hand panel. Press Shift to expand the area you’ve already marked, and Alt to reduce it.

  3. Open the Edit menu and click Content-Aware Fill. After you apply it, the marked area will be filled according to its surroundings. To enhance the result, use the Clone Stamp tool. When you’re satisfied with the result, click Save.


  • Many preferences to work with


  • Might be too complicated for a single task

  • The price is high if you just need to remove objects and nothing more

How to remove people from pictures online

If you have a single photo and want to erase someone or something from it, or you just don’t want to download anything onto your computer for security reasons, an online tool is a good solution. Consider using Inpaint: its algorithms work well, and it leaves almost no trace of things or people wiped out. This guide is here to help you:

  1. Access the website using the link below:

    Visit the Inpaint website

  2. Click Upload Image and locate your picture. It will appear on your screen with a red circle on it.

  3. Use the red circle to mark the person that should be removed. At the top, there is a slider that you can use to make the marker smaller to cut off small details.

  4. When you’re done with marking, click the Erase button at the top. Wait for a short time… And enjoy! Hit the Download button in the top-right corner. You can get the image in low resolution for free or buy some download credits to get a higher-quality picture.


  • Free pictures in low resolution

  • No need to download anything


  • You have to pay to get a higher-quality picture

  • Requires a good internet connection

How to edit someone out of a picture using your iPhone or Android

We’ve tried several apps for smartphones. To our mind, Enlight Photofox did the best job of removing an object and leaving the least traces of that object behind. You can get the app from the App Store or from the developer’s website if you’re an Android user. Here’s a link to the website.

Get Photofox for Android

When you have the app installed, follow the steps below. The instructions are written for an iPhone, but on Android, the steps are very similar. Please note that the erasing option works only in the Pro version, but you can get a 3-day free trial.

  1. Open the app and tap the big plus sign below Your Creations. Choose an image from your gallery.

  2. Scroll the bottom panel to the right and find the Heal option. Hit it.

  3. Tap Spot and mark the object you want to delete with red by swiping your finger across it.

  4. When you’re done, just move your finger away. The object removal will be applied automatically. If you like the result, tap the Check icon. Now you can save your photo to share with friends but note that you can only do this if you have the Pro or trial version.


  • Free trial

  • Has a sharing option


  • Only the Pro or trial version can remove objects

So, if you have one or more photos from which you want to delete people or objects, you know what to do. We would recommend Movavi Photo Editor as the easiest app to use that still does a great job, but, of course, the final decision is yours.

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