Simple Object Removal

Simple Object Removal

Posted on 27. Jul, 2007 by in After Effects, Photoshop

Check this out if you’ve ever had to shoot everything again because you didn’t see that big Britney Spears poster hanging on the wall.

In this tutorial you will learn basic techniques for removing unwanted objects from your footage. The idea for this tutorial came to me when I was working on a movie called “Wywiad” (The Interview) by Bartek Siemierzewicz and Konrad Wasilewski. In fact, the footage that I’m using comes from this movie, Tea Cups With Lids Amber Rings Wholesale Tea Trays Toddler Sleeping Bags so this time no project file. Sorry.

This tutorial involves working in After Effects and Photoshop, and I’ve found a free plug-in, that makes that much more easier. You don’t have to use it, but I really recommend it. I’ve used it in this tutorial, so you can see it in action before trying it out.

Download ObviouFX CopyImage plug-in from the ObviousFX website.
I also recommend trying out ObviousFX Erodilation plug-in.


25 Responses to “Simple Object Removal”

  1. marra182

    28. Jul, 2007

    I’m glad you’re back. I was missing your tutorials :D

  2. peter

    28. Jul, 2007

    Thanks for another great tutorial, great to see you are back!

    I just wanted to note that there is a little trick in Photoshop when cloning if you want to to align the images: You don’t have to hold the Alt-key, you can just activate Caps Lock on your keyboard to get a crosshair cursor instead. If you want the circle shape again, just deactivate Caps Lock. The great thing about this is that it works with all brush tools (Eraser, Healing Brush, Paint Brush etc.), not just the Clone Stamp.

    The other way to do an aligned clone is to duplicate the layer, align the images exactly as you want them to be using the differenc

  3. Maltaannon

    28. Jul, 2007

    Thanks for the tip. I forgot to mention that. In healing and cloning I prefer using the Alt-key, because unlike the CapsLock, it turns on the “aiming” temporarily, and to turn it off I just have to let go the Alt-key.

  4. Steffen

    01. Aug, 2007

    Thanks for this, I really find it quite extraordinary that you (and some others) take the time to do this for us rookies!

    I’d like to suggest one thing on which I have not found much on the web yet (but this may well be something that is not within the scope of this site): a guide for what hardware is best for AE, Premiere (compositing/editing). Do we need a dual or quadcore, do we need a super-fast graphics card, what kind of monitor is best (e.g. can normal monitors provide sufficient color-management – also for the occasional Photoshop session – or do we all need to buy Eizos). Do we need a raid (is a raid of any advantage for DV or do we only need it for High Definition; is it absolutely necessary for High Definition) etc… These questions are very difficult to figure out for people like me.

  5. Mr T.

    04. Aug, 2007

    Wow this is one good tutorial Jerzy. I never had to remove anything out of a shot, but now i know what to do iff it ever happends…
    First tutorial i ever saw off you btw and im looking here and in ccow to watch your others.
    Pretty good english too, being from Poland!
    Keep up the good work.

    Mr T.

  6. MegaMe

    05. Aug, 2007

    Wow! I just stumbled on to your site and you have awesome tutorials. I’ve seen your name at creative cow but I only visit the forums to look for answers when I have a problem. I obviously need to pay a little more attention. I’ve learned more from watching this tutorial than from the AE books I’ve read. Thanks a lot and keep up the awesome work!

  7. Geoge

    05. Aug, 2007

    I agree with all those people. This site, and tutorials are very good.
    I’m working on TV for many years, but I’m still not quite sure what hardware configuration is the best for video editing and post production. I mean – what is the optimum for comfortable work? Yes, this is the site determent to nice tutorials, but let’s talk about more stuff, related to video.
    And Jerzy, keep up this nice nice work!
    I saw somewhere that Andrew Kramer said that some tutorial is very good. Hey! When he said that, than it must be good! (No hard feelings, but I think that Andrew is a BIG name)

  8. rekzkarz

    28. Oct, 2007

    Amazing tutorial. I’m excited to try and apply this to my videos now. It’s incredible the way you so easily ‘fake out’ reality. I didn’t know that kind of effect was so easy in AE. NICE


  9. supercoin

    13. Nov, 2007

    To akurat mój pierwszy tutorial, który miałem okazję oglądnąć z całego zbioru. Jak człowiek obejrzał, wszystko się wydało tak oczywiste. Natomiast nie wiedziałem akurat nic o tym zastosowaniu Patch Tool’a. Dzięki, J. – świetne tutoriale ;)

    This was actually my first tutorial, I had an occasion to watch frome whole collection. After taking a look, everything appeared to be so obvious. All in all, I didn’t know a s*** about using this Patch Tool. Thanks J. – great tutorials ;)

  10. Rev. Benjamin

    20. Nov, 2007

    Keep doing what you’re doing. This is great stuff man, especially for those of us beginning in the mograph industry. I’ll be sure to link you to stuff I use your teachings in. Keep making stuff for the cow too, that’s how I found you.
    And great color scheme for the site too.
    -Rev. Benjamin

  11. Dale ANthony Smith

    04. Dec, 2007

    To the people asking the hardware questions… Please take them to another “equipment geek” forum… We have a master of technique here and it’s not about the processing tools, but rather the skillset tools of the program… It reminds me of photographers talking about “what camera did you use for that chot?”…. it’s the EYE… not the camera.
    GREAT TUTORIAL! many thanks for sharing your work with us.

  12. Maltaannon

    04. Dec, 2007

    Always a pleasure. Cheers!

  13. Treehouse

    18. Dec, 2007

    I think the simple answer to any hardware question would be “the best you can reasonably afford”. Anyway, looking forward to using these tutorials, thanks for putting them up!

  14. Shavkat

    25. Jul, 2008

    That’s nice keep it up

  15. CristalCube

    04. Aug, 2008

    Pretty cool tutorial, thanks for share it!!


  16. masluch

    11. Sep, 2008

    very nice tutorial but i have a problem to use it becouse my footage isn’ as that simple. A rendered frame fixed in photoshop doesn’t work becouse the light and color is changing so that the fixed image doesn’t fit to the other frames. Applying track motion to the fixed image and moving it doesn’t give good enough results. Any ideas ? For example How can i remove some letters form a footage when the camera is sliding from one side of the book to another. There must be a more advanced way of object removal. any sugesstions ? please help please.

  17. Maltaannon

    11. Sep, 2008

    sure there are more advanced ways. thats why this tutorial is called Simple object removal. write me on my skype and get the footage ready so I could take a look at it.

  18. masluch

    12. Sep, 2008

    Big thanks for help. I’ve made it by combining masks with the Re:Fill plugin. It’s really a great tool. But I wouldn’t done without your help maltaannon so again big thanks for your time and info. Take care !

  19. Sandy Scott

    21. Dec, 2008

    Good morning. I’m very new to Adobe After Effects and have a movie I’m editing and was given this tutorial to help in taking out a boom mic from a scene. I’ve watched the tutorial, but you didn’t explain the steps on how to import the video footage. I’ve looked through all of Adobe After Effects and can’t seem to figure this step out to follow your tutorial step by step. My email is and really need your help from step 1.

  20. ken

    08. Jan, 2009

    How can i remove obvious plugin from CS3 folder?

  21. john

    14. Feb, 2009

    ..your beautiful tutorial makes me realize that I’m going to have to hire you and Polygon to work on my projects and not try do them on my own…thanks much maltaannon…john

  22. Farhan

    31. Jul, 2009

    First of all I thank you for your great efforts to teach us these techniques and effects.

    I just wanted to know I made an image using droste filter and export it as jpg/psd but neither the image is share nor the twisted droste circle. Can you please tell how do we export hi quality and sharp images from AE.

    Thank you.

  23. kylania

    26. Jun, 2010

    Is there a trick to getting the ObviousFX plugins working with Adobe After Effects CS5? I’ve had them both in the main Plug-Ins directory and Plug-Ins\ObviousFX\General and neither worked. The “Copy Image” option wasn’t visible in program.

  24. Faisal Aryan

    23. Oct, 2010

    Sir I really want to be your Student.
    I want you to be my GURU.

    Please please please let me know where are you in this World.

    I really want to see you, work with you and want to live all the time and want to do some thing NEW, some thing CRAZY for media world….

    Please reply on my personal email ID:

  25. Jason

    14. Sep, 2012

    Is there any way to remove a moving object using only Adobe Premiere 5.5?