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Content-aware spot healing

From: Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

Video: Content-aware spot healing

Here I want to illustrate the usefulness of another new feature inside of Photoshop CS5. This new feature allows us to use a setting on one of our retouching tools in order to retouch content in a really interesting and unique way. In other words, whenever we have content, like this garment strap, that's embedded on a top of other content, now this could be that case whether it's power lines in the sky or perhaps the extension cord. We simply need to remove from an architectural photographs. Well, in these cases what we can do is we can navigate over to one of our tools.

Content-aware spot healing

Here I want to illustrate the usefulness of another new feature inside of Photoshop CS5. This new feature allows us to use a setting on one of our retouching tools in order to retouch content in a really interesting and unique way. In other words, whenever we have content, like this garment strap, that's embedded on a top of other content, now this could be that case whether it's power lines in the sky or perhaps the extension cord. We simply need to remove from an architectural photographs. Well, in these cases what we can do is we can navigate over to one of our tools.

The tool we are going to use is a Spot Healing Brush. Now, typically, we use this tool simply by clicking on small little blemishes or spots that we want to remove. Here, we are going to use this a little bit differently. First, let's go ahead and copy this background there. We can do so by pressing Command+J or Ctrl+J. Next step is going to be to go ahead and see how this tool will work simply by clicking and painting across this area the photograph. Now if I do this on the default settings, it's going to be a little bit of shot in the dark, meaning we don't know how this is going to turn out, or what area it'll sample.

Here, we can see that while it did a decent job, it's actually not even usable because it's sampled a lot of these garments up here and we can see that bringing into the image here. Let's undo that, Command+Z and Ctrl+Z. We can do this even more effectively with this new feature, which is called Content Aware. What this new feature does is it says, 'Hey, I want to analyze the surrounding content, and I am actually going to try to rebuild something.' For example, this shadow here would be really tricky to rebuild, but with this setting, what we can do is go ahead and select the brush size and it's just a little bit bigger than the area that we are trying to retouch.

We then want to go ahead and paint over that area with this tool. Now this is a little bit counterintuitive, because typically Spot Healing, you just click on little spots. Here we are going to actually click and drag to paint over that area. Next, we will let go of that and see how Photoshop did. In this case, it did a really good job of building up the shadow line and also rebuilding the shadow here. Let's take a look at the before and after. Here we have before and then after. Now one of the things that I want to highlight here is that this tool is not the save the day tool.

While it does work incredibly well in a wide range of situations, it's also intended to be used with the other retouching tools. For example, here one of the things that I am noticing is that if I look at this closely, this shadow line has a little bit of bump on it here and also here. Well, I can correct that with one of my other tools. For example, let's go down to Healing Brush. Now that the Healing Brush is selected, I will make this tool a little bit bigger there. I will go ahead and Option+Click or Alt+Click on that shadow line. I will this over there on top of the same shadow area and click just to remove that small little divot.

I am going to do same thing down here as well. And all that I am trying to do here is just to illustrate that this tool will not ever live in a vacuum or operate on its own. Rather, it's using the tool in combination with our other tools, which will many times lead to the best results. Let's take a look at the before and after so far. Here we have it before and then after. Just one more area to touch up, so I will ahead and Option+Click here, and then I will bring up just a bit of that shadow there, and I think that's looking really good. Our final before and after. Here we have it: before and then after.

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Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 17m 14s
    1. Introducing PDF watermarking
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a custom watermark to a PDF
      5m 16s
    3. Using the new Export panel
      4m 45s
    4. Improved batch renaming
      3m 9s
    5. Working between Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 55s
  3. 20m 11s
    1. Getting started with Mini Bridge
      4m 17s
    2. Creating a custom Mini Bridge shortcut
      2m 1s
    3. Working with Bridge and Mini Bridge
      2m 18s
    4. Finding and reviewing photos
      4m 15s
    5. Opening documents
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the position and display
      2m 58s
  4. 16m 54s
    1. Sharpening enhancements
      5m 1s
    2. Reducing noise
      5m 23s
    3. Using Post-Crop Vignetting
      3m 51s
    4. Adding film grain
      2m 39s
  5. 4m 58s
    1. Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace
      1m 52s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      3m 6s
  6. 6m 48s
    1. Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once
      2m 41s
    2. Modifying multiple layers at once
      2m 34s
    3. Dragging content into Photoshop as a Smart Object
      1m 33s
  7. 20m 56s
    1. Making better selections using Smart Radius
      6m 21s
    2. Removing a model from a background
      10m 12s
    3. Changing the colors of a shirt
      4m 23s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow
      5m 52s
    2. Getting more efficient with brushes
      1m 54s
  9. 10m 17s
    1. Content-aware spot healing
      3m 17s
    2. Replacing backgrounds with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 19s
    3. Cleaning up multiple elements with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 24s
    1. Cropping and straightening a photograph
      2m 47s
    2. Auto-straightening a photograph
      1m 37s
  11. 12m 27s
    1. Accessing lens correction
      1m 10s
    2. Automatic lens correction
      2m 24s
    3. Working with the custom lens correction controls
      4m 53s
    4. Customizing lens distortion removal
      2m 12s
    5. Panoramic lens correction
      1m 48s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Toning HDR photographs
      5m 21s
    2. Blending HDR toning for a more subtle effect
      4m 34s
    3. Working with HDR Pro
      4m 52s
    4. Getting creative with HDR Pro
      4m 11s
  13. 20m 43s
    1. Working with the Target Adjustment tool
      2m 26s
    2. Working with the new HUD color picker
      5m 8s
    3. Creating a neutral density gradient
      3m 25s
    4. Changing a photograph to black and white using the LAB action
      3m 15s
    5. Launching Photoshop in 32-bit mode
      3m 1s
    6. New printing settings
      3m 28s
  14. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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