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Isn't it amazing how many different tools and techniques that we can use in order to clean up or remove these distracting elements that we find in our pictures. Well, here we're going to look at another technique. This one's called Content-Aware Fill. This works incredibly well when you need to remove larger items. Let's explore how we can work with it. The first step is to copy the layer. Rather than creating a blank layer, we have to duplicate or copy the background layer. To do that, you can press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows. Think J for jump.
Jump the contents of one layer up to a new layer. Next double-click that layer name and here we'll name this new layer clean up. The next step is going to be to make a selection. You can make a selection with any of your selection tools. For this image, we can see the roll in the background and also the crease here in the backdrop. I want to clean that up or get rid of that, so I'll use one of my bigger selection tools. We could use the Rectangular Marquee or maybe the Lasso tool. Either way, let's select one of these and then go ahead and create a selection of the area that we want to correct.
The next step is to press Shift+F5 or to go to the Edit pulldown menu. In the Edit pulldown menu, you want to choose Fill, either by clicking on this here or by using the shortcut it'll open up our Fill dialog. In the Fill dialog, you want to use Content-Aware. The way that this work is it analyzes the surrounding area and then it builds something new on top of this blemish or this item that we want to remove. So, when we click OK here, what we'll see is it successfully removed that for us without a lot of effort and that looks great.
Well, just to highlight how we can use different selection tools, this time let's use our Lasso tool, and let's click and drag around this little blemish that I find here on the left side of the picture. And I'll click and drag around that and then press Shift+F5 once again, and here will click OK in order to clean up that part of our picture. Now that we've done that last but not least I noticed that in this image there are some small little blemishes in the background. To clean those up, the smaller blemishes, you want to reach for a smaller tool say like the Spot Healing Brush.
If I try to use this tool right now though to clean this area up, it won't work and it won't work because we have an active selection. So when you're working with selections you need to first deselect in order to work on a new area in your photograph. Well, here we can do that by going to Select and then by choosing Deselect. Next we can click and paint over the small little blemishes that you can see here in the background and you know all of this initial cleanup work is so important; it will help us bring our images to a really good starting point, so that we can then further enhance them.
All right. Well here I'll just zoom out a little bit, so we can kind of view the overall before and after. Here it is. There is our before; now here is our after.
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