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In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here, I want to take look at how we can use Content-Aware Fill in order to really expedite our overall clean up and retouching workflow. Well, for starters, with this image, what I want to do is I want to clean up many of these different distracting elements in the background of this image, and I want to do that all at once. So, let's copy that background layer. We can do so by pressing Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows and then the letter J. Next, let's name this layer clean up. From here, what we are going to do is go ahead and select the Rectangular Marquee tool, and then we are going to make a selection of one of the areas that we want to clean up.
Next, hold down the Shift key and click and drag to add other areas to this cleanup selection. I am going to zoom out a little bit so I could focus in on this image. Holding down the Shift key, I'll go ahead and click and drag over all these different areas here so that I can begin to remove this content from the photograph. Again, the nice thing about this is we can really focus in on multiple areas at one time in order to clean this up pretty effectively. So, I am just going to go through here, making these selections. I think that looks pretty good.
Let's now press Shift+Delete. That will open up the Fill Command dialog. From this dialog, we, of course, want to select Content-Aware and here simply click OK. Now, once we have done this we, of course, want to evaluate the results. The best way to view the results is to Deselect. We can do so by navigating to Select and choosing Deselect. For the most part, this is looking really good, yet there are couple little areas that I want to continue to work on. So, I am going to go ahead and make just a few more selections here.
That area right there I think could be cleaned up a little bit more and also this area right here. Again, Shift+Delete and then click OK. So, the nice thing about this is we can apply this multiple times. Well, let's now deselect, and let's do that by way of a shortcut: Command+D on a Mac, Ctrl+D on a PC. Now, this particular tool, as I've mentioned, is never perfect, but it does a pretty amazing job. If ever there are some other area that you need to work on, we'll select one of your other Healing tools, like the Spot Healing tool.
In this case, what we can do is go ahead and click and drag over some of these other areas. We already know how well this tool works. So, again, we can simply be that by really working on these smaller areas. Well, now that I've cleaned this background up a bit using Content-Aware Fill and also my Spot Healing Brush., let's zoom in and take a look at our overall before and after. All right. Here we have it. Here is our original image, and here is our final image at this stage after we spent really just a couple of minutes cleaning this up with Content-Aware Fill.
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