As the 'wizards' here have helped me in the past resolve the last issue, could someone here in the Community kindly guide me as to how I can remove a Covid-19 face mask of a photograph so that only the face shows, e.g. a friend being presented with an award?
Thanks in advance.
It would help if you post the picture or a similar one for us to look at. My initial reply is that if the mask covers 2/3 of the face, I can't see how you can clone over this and have it look ok. What would be the source for nose & mouth??
If you can gain access to another picture (without mask) of your friend, it should not be too difficullt to copy/paste the "replacement" face on the picture at issue. You will have to adjust brightness & contrast as needed.
Get the friend to re-pose in exactly the same position, facing the same direction, with the same lighting. Replace entire face or head. Look for and replicate shadows from the situation.
Thank you for those two replies, and suggestions. The mask only covers the lower chin and part of the lower lips.
As to posting the image of my friend wearing that face-mask, I am not altogther sure that I have the company's permission to use their images, and I think replicating the same scenario and setting when that friend received that award could prove to bve nigh impossible
In view of the very limited coverage by the mask, suggest that you try the clone stamp tool.
1. Set up the clone stamp tool. On the tool's option bar, check "Sample all layers"
2. Open the image
3. Open a blank layer above this, then do the cloning on this layer - perhaps start with the chin
4. If this is ok, open another blank layer and clone the lip. If it turns out that you wish to start over, you can delete this layer.
5. Open another blank layer and use the brush tool to paint gently over any spots that need to be tidied up.
6. The point is work on separate layers
Ok with me.
Still awaiting a fresh non-face mask wearing shot from my friend before I can take it further to solve it.
Thanks for all the helpful answers
OP sent me a private message with the picture. I also requested a non-mask picture, but OP has not sent it. The picture shows an award recipient with the mask covering the nose, lips, chin, and part of the neck. The ball is in his court.