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Photoshop CS6 features a brand-new tool called Content-Aware Move, and the idea is you can take a part of an image, select it, drop it somewhere else, it will remove the original and paste it in while blending with the new area. And you have probably seen some pretty wild demonstrations of things moved around. Today, I want to show you a really practical demonstration of how we originally conceived the tool being used, and that's for recomposing your image. So here I have these binoculars that are offset, they are not centered in the frame.
And I don't really have too many options prior to this feature. I can't use Content-Aware Fill because they take up too much of the image, there's just not enough to look at. And if I were to use some sort of advanced selections or Masks I would have to fill in a lot of the background area. So what I want to do is go behind my Spot Healing Brush to get this new Content-Aware Move tool and just draw a loose selection around this. Now giving it a little bit of room to look at the outlying area is really important here. That's how it's going to blend it in.
So it doesn't have to be a precise selection. Although I could use a different selection tool and then choose the Content-Aware Move tool and it would honor that selection. So that looks great. Now what I am going to do is just grab this and drag it over where I want and let go. And it's going to analyze the image, it's going to move the original and then it's going to drop it in and blend it in with the background. And if need to go back and tune that up I can do that really quickly and easily. But there we see how we can really solve an old problem really quickly.
I used to shoot race cars on the track and one of the toughest things was going from one side of the frame to the other and you really want to get them right in the middle. And with Content-Aware Move you could just select the image and move it over to where you want it to be. So that gives you a sense of how easily you can recompose using Content-Aware Move in Photoshop CS6.
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