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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 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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