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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can delete some unwanted content in our photographs. And let's take a look at how we can do this with Content-Aware Fill. Now let's say that the client really likes this environmental portrait, but they come back to us and say you know what the car just has to go. Well, the first thing we do of course is to sigh and say oh my gosh! I'm going to have to rebuild the concrete and the wall. How am I going to do this? Then we think again. We know that Photoshop's pretty strong. We know about Content-Aware Fill. Well let's give it a shot. We'll go ahead and click on the Lasso tool.
What we want to do here typically is make a selection which is pretty close to the object that we want to remove but not too close. I'll go ahead and make my way through this image, clicking and dragging. So I have a nice selection here. Well, the next step is actually really simple. All that we need to do is say to ourselves what do we want to do here? We want to delete this object. Well, because we're on the Background layer, all we need to do is press the Delete key. That will then open up this Fill panel. Now, what do we want to fill? We want to fill with Content-Aware.
We'll go ahead and click OK. Hold our breath. Cross our fingers and see how Photoshop does. And for the most part Photoshop did a pretty good job. Let's deselect this selection here. We can do so by pressing Command+D or Ctrl+D, and now we can see how the wall actually looks. Now, again for the most part it did a pretty darn good job in regards to removing that car. Maybe we could take this even further, right. Let's go ahead and this time let's use a Rectangle Marquee. And here what we're going to do is click on this line on the wall and then press the Delete key. Click OK again.
Remove that area, Command+ D or Ctrl+D to deselect. We can also go into this area here. It's a little bit problematic. So I'm going to make a nice selection there. And then press the Delete key. And click OK. I'm just doing this multiple times until I can get to a place where I think that this image looks pretty good. And again, we'll go through and make some of these adjustments here. Now, it's not ever going to be perfect. Yet for the most part, it's done a pretty darn good job. If we wanted to take this even further, of course what we could do is select one of our healing tools, like say the Healing Brush.
And now with the Healing Brush, we can go ahead and hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and sample this concrete just to clean this up a little bit so we don't have any repeating patterns there of that little divot. We can also do the same thing on the wall. Again, just making sure to try to disguise all of this concrete texture and trying to hide any kind of repeating pattern there. And you can see that we can do this pretty well and pretty easily without a lot of effort. Well then, go ahead and work on this area. We could also use our Clone Stamp if need be.
I'm just going to go ahead and cleanup some of these small little divots and dots here and try to get everything lined up nicely. All right, so far, so good. This is looking really nice. Well, as you can see, without a lot of effort, we've cleaned up that area incredibly well. Let's go ahead and take a look at our before and after. In order to do so, what we need to do is go to our Window pulldown menu and then choose History. Now, you can see the different things we've done here in our History panel.
Let's go back to the top to the original image. Now, the one thing that may happen when I click on this is it may shift over a little bit. Oh, I think it didn't. That looks good. Let's then hide everything. Press Tab to hide everything. And then press Command+Z. Here's our before and after view. Again, we have the before and then the after. Now of course, if you ever want to take this further, you can. You could select areas of the wall. For example, if you want to remove this paint on the wall, well, go ahead. Just make a selection of that. Hit the Delete key. Click OK.
And then you can really remove that and change the overall pattern. Now, how you work with this is obviously completely up to you. Yet the whole point here is that this tool can be incredibly effective when we need to work on larger areas of our photograph as well.
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