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Content-Aware Scale: The feature nobody knows about

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Video: Content-Aware Scale: The feature nobody knows about

We've talked a lot about different ways of using Content-Aware technology in Photoshop, but the original Content-Aware technology is called Content-Aware Scale. And what it allows you to do is change the proportions of your image while preserving the Content. This could be used for cropping without losing Image Content on the edges or it could be used to change the Layout of your photo. Maybe you want to take a regular photo and turn it into a Web Banner, but you want to preserve the content in it. And I think there aren't a lot of people who use Content-Aware Scale, mainly, because they don't know about it.

Content-Aware Scale: The feature nobody knows about

We've talked a lot about different ways of using Content-Aware technology in Photoshop, but the original Content-Aware technology is called Content-Aware Scale. And what it allows you to do is change the proportions of your image while preserving the Content. This could be used for cropping without losing Image Content on the edges or it could be used to change the Layout of your photo. Maybe you want to take a regular photo and turn it into a Web Banner, but you want to preserve the content in it. And I think there aren't a lot of people who use Content-Aware Scale, mainly, because they don't know about it.

But the other problem with Content-Aware Scale is you need to know a little bit about how it works and some steps to assure success. So in this video I want to show you just how it works. Here I have an image and what I want to do with it is I want to change the proportions and the first thing we want to do is give ourselves a larger Canvas Size. Now I could just change this to the proportions that I want, but for the sake of demonstration I am going to make the whole canvas a lot larger. So now I've plenty of space to work with and what I want to do is select the Image itself.

Now I can draw a rectangle around it, but in this case because there's such a clearly defined white area, I am just going to select that and get the inverse of it. And now we're going to come into Content-Aware Scale and we can see that we can dramatically change the proportions of the image, and in this case we're adding to the sides of the image. We could also pull the top up and add sky to this, or we could pull the bottom down and that pavement and it's just doing that automatically.

Now you might notice as we start to stretch it, the car starts to look a little bit funny. It's a lot easier to synthesize repeating patterns like the sky and the ground and the grass, than it is something very complex like the car. So what you want to do if you've subject matter like that that needs to be preserved? Before for you come in here make a selection and save it, and then once you're in here, you can choose to protect that, and I've named my selection Car, so that now if I rescale this, everything moves, except for the car If I make this taller, I'm going to add Pixels to the bottom and the top, the sky and the ground, but the car stays frozen.

So that gives you a sense of just how powerful this can be, you can really change your image, but protect your content. If you've people in the image, you can click on this little button right here and that's going to protect skin tones. I recommend saving a selection, it gives you a lot more fidelity and a lot more control. And one other surprise area that works really well, let's say I've got a blogpost where I'm writing about software or maybe I'm putting something that has a screen capture on the book, but I don't have room to use the orientation of the screen capture.

So, you see a screen capture of exactly what we have here, and I want to make it narrower, or maybe I want to make it a little taller. I want to change the proportions of it. I hit Cmd+A to select the whole thing, I come into Edit, go down to Content-Aware Scale, and I can just pull that image in, or I can pull the image up. And the way that it works is it's just looking for areas that are the same, and so when I'm making it smaller, it's able to just get rid of them. But if I were to stretch it and make it larger, it's going to look at the neighboring pixels and just add them there.

So whether you're altering your photograph or you just want to change the size of some content, Content-Aware Scale can be very powerful for changing your composition.

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Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos

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  1. 7m 53s
    1. Welcome
      2m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
    3. What you need to know about Adobe Camera Raw
      4m 42s
  2. 9m 30s
    1. Reinventing the Crop tool
      5m 44s
    2. Using the new Crop tool the old way
      3m 46s
  3. 6m 4s
    1. Then versus now: Understanding how the Auto button works
      2m 55s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Auto
      3m 9s
  4. 6m 37s
    1. Using Curves
      3m 31s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Curves
      3m 6s
  5. 14m 57s
    1. Looking at sharpening
      2m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Sharpen
      4m 41s
    3. Understanding the role of Smart Objects in a sharpening workflow
      2m 20s
    4. Applying brush-based selective sharpening
      5m 50s
  6. 9m 6s
    1. Understanding the challenges of building blur
      2m 54s
    2. Using Iris Blur to create shallow depth of field
      6m 12s
  7. 8m 20s
    1. The evolving Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      6m 24s
    2. Understanding the role of the graphics tablet
      1m 56s
  8. 12m 33s
    1. Understanding and using Content-Aware Fill
      3m 16s
    2. What to do when Content-Aware Fill doesn't work
      2m 38s
    3. Beyond fill: Content-Aware Patch
      1m 16s
    4. Content-Aware Scale: The feature nobody knows about
      3m 30s
    5. Content-Aware Move: Recomposing photos
      1m 53s
  9. 3m 17s
    1. Exploring what Liquify is really used for
      3m 17s
  10. 12m 1s
    1. Correcting automatically based on lens profiles
      4m 2s
    2. Getting the most out of Adaptive Wide Angle
      4m 47s
    3. Exploring lens distortion and video
      3m 12s
  11. 7m 22s
    1. Using presets new and old
      47s
    2. Surprising yourself with the Color Look Up Adjustment layer
      2m 15s
    3. Using gradient map presets for black-and-white conversions
      2m 31s
    4. Imagining a connected Photoshop
      1m 49s
  12. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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