SHOOTING TO REMOVE TOURISTS
To make it simple to later remove crowds and distractions, you must first take the images. I used an iPhone to take the pictures for this tutorial in order to demonstrate the worst-case situation (this is why PhotoshopCAFE tutorials are effective). You’ll get even better results if you use a DSLR or mirrorless camera on a tripod.

You’ll need moving subjects as you photograph. Continue taking pictures until the background can be seen in some part of every region in the image. It can take anywhere from 20 to 3 shots to obtain the will. After firing, wait for something to move before firing again. People crossing the street provided an excellent opportunity for this series.

STEP 1: Upload each picture and place it in a folder.

  1. RUNNING THE PHOTOSHOP SCRIPT (THAT’S IT)
    This process only functions with Photoshop CC. Don’t worry; I’ll explain it in detail, demonstrate how Photoshop CS6 works similarly, and give you more power in CC.

Select File > Scripts > Statistics.

Select the Median stack mode.

Choose your image folder. When you are in the folder, use Command/Ctrl+A to pick all of the photographs.

activate Auto Align

You’re done when you click “ok.”

WALK THROUGH THE PROCESS IN STEP 3. LAYERS OF IMAGES ARE LOADED.
Let’s dissect it. Both Photoshop CC and CS6 support this.

Select Load Files into Stacks under File>Scripts. (1)

Select an old photograph or two (2).

A layer will now contain each image.

ALIGNING ALL THE LAYERS IN STEP FOUR.
You will get a hazy jumble if we don’t line the layers with one another.

Choose every layer: On the top layer, click. Press Shift while clicking the bottom layer. Everybody will be chosen. (1)

Select Auto Align Layers under Edit. Select Auto. (2)

All of the layers will now be aligned with one another once you click “ok.” (This could take a while.

  1. USING A PHOTOSHOP STACK MODE TO REMOVE EVERYONE.
    The work will be done for you in the next stage. This was initially dropped into Photoshop Extended’s medical imaging module for Photoshop CS3 Extended. To view each feature added to Photoshop since CS3, visit the PhotoshopCAFE Superguide.

Right-click and select Convert to Smart Object while all the layers are still selected in the layers panel. The secret to everything working is this.

Select Layer > Smart Objects > Medium stack mode.
(Stack modes are much more advanced than Blend modes for Smart Objects).

And as a result, this combined image is free of all distractions.

As you can see, the Medium Stack Mode handled all the laborious lifting and got rid of all the transient items, i.e., people and moving cars.

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