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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can finish this image off using the Content-Aware Move tool. And we'll explore for how we can use this tool with both modes: Move and also Extend. And one of the things that happens a lot is that when you move a subject, you really focus in on that area. But every once in a while, you need to zoom out or step back. And here you'll discover--or as I've discovered here--I have a problem. I have the reflection in the wrong location, so let's fix that. We'll create a new layer by clicking on the New layer icon.
Then with the Content-Aware Move tool will just make a nice healthy generous selection around this area, and then this will be really simple. Just click and drag and move this over to this other spot here using the same settings as we used previously. This will then fix this issue. All right! Well, that looks great. Let's deselect by going to Select and Deselect. The next that I want to do is I want to extend the canvas size. I want to have more of the picture, and let's say we need to do this for some reason for creating this image for a cover of a book or maybe for an advertisement, a publication.
Well, first let's extend the canvas. To do so, we'll go to our Image pulldown menu, then we'll select Canvas Size. This allows us to change the canvas size. We want to anchor it to the right and add more space to the left. I'll go ahead and change my Width to about 5.5 inches there and click OK. Now when I do that, we can see that we have all of this space over here. What I'm going to do next is make a selection using the Marquee tool. Here I'll go ahead and select this part of the image.
Next thing I'm going to do is grab the Content-Aware Move tool. This time, rather than using the mode Move here, we'll use Extend. We want the Adaptation. We'll try out Very Strict, see if that works, and Sample All Layers, create a new layer, and then simply click and drag and move this over. We'll see how far we can get with that. Perhaps right there. And we'll see how this works. If it doesn't work perfectly, what you want to do is change the Adaptation. Yet, here I think that looks pretty good.
Let's deselect by pressing Command+D, or Ctrl+D, in order to deselect, and let's move in on this area of the photograph to take a look at the seam there. Well, again, I think this looks pretty good. We've extended the frame. Next we need to trim off the edge. To do that, you can go to your Image pulldown menu and there's an option for Trim. This gives you the ability to define what you want to trim off. In this case, well, the Top Left Pixel Color--that white in the background-- we'll go ahead and click OK, and it will then trim the image.
So as you can see, you can use this tool not only to move your subjects around, but you can also use it in those situations where you need to extend your overall image and extend or expand your canvas size.
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