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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 with this photograph I want to take a look at how we can use some of the new features with the Patch tool and also, eventually, how we can use the Content-Aware Move tool in order to make some changes to this photograph. Well, first let's take a look at how we would use the Patch tool traditionally. Traditionally, what we will need to do would be to select the Patch tool. You can do so by clicking on one of the Healing tools and then selecting Patch. And to use this tool in the way that we have traditionally in previous versions of Photoshop, we would select Normal, and in this case I'm going to use source.
In order to use the Patch tool in this way, we need to have a layer. So here we can see we can have the duplicate layer, and what I want to do is try to retouch out some of these trees. I want to remove some of them, say, because this image is going to be used for an ad and we need to clean up this area. Well, to do that with the Patch tool, we could simply click and drag around an area of our photograph, say this here, and then go ahead and drag to a new clean area and then let go. Yet, when I do this, the results--they don't really look that good because we have all of this bleeding in of those edges. It looks smudgy and just kind of strange.
But still I could try to continue to work with this. The next step, of course, would be to make another patch selection. I will try selecting these trees over here and then dragging this over to a nice clean area, the photograph. Well, here you can see that the Patch tool, it allowed me to work with a large area, but the results just didn't really work for me. Well, let's compare this to the new feature which we have in this tool. This new feature allows us to work on a separate layer. The advantage of this is that it's going to increase our file by less size.
In other words, it's going to take up less space, and this is definitely important when it comes to retouching or cleaning up especially high-resolution files. So let's click on the New layer icon to create a new layer. I am going to go ahead and name this patch-new. Next, with the Patch tool selected, let's go to this pulldown menu and this time choose Content-Aware. You will notice that we have different options, Adaptation options, as well as the ability to Sample All Layers. So what this means for us is that we can then make a selection. Again, let's make a similar selection to what we did before, and we can use this Patch tool in a similar way, but it's going to give us different results.
Here you can see the results, well, they are much cleaner. Let me go ahead and work on this area of the photograph and then bring these down to this nice area of snow here and then let go of that. And again, the results are significantly different, and even after the fact you can modify the adaptation. If you want something that's really loose, it just makes it look good, well, you can choose that option. If you have content that you don't want to have change in any way shape or form, well, the adaptation you choose is very strict.
Well, here for this image, very Loose works well because it's just snow, and we don't really need this to look right proportionally. Now of course, there are some other areas I might want to clean up or work on, especially these little edges over here, but the difference is really quite stunning. Let's compare those two. Now if we turn this off, you can see Patch tool without Content-Aware and then now Patch tool with Content-Aware. So this allows us to remove large areas, and it pays attention to the surrounding areas and really tries to blend it all in together. And so by using this tool in this way, not only does it work better in situations like this, but also it's just applying this to one area of a layer.
In other words, if I turn off the visibility of my background layer, well, this is all that I've done. These are all the pixels that I've added to my image. Rather than having to add an entire layer which would increase the file size significantly, I just have this small little area which I have cleaned up and patched and healed right here using that tool. So you can imagine, using this tool, well, it can really help you out. Let's say, for example, we wanted to do something else, like remove this tree. Again, just make a rough selection around that area--and you want to try to select an area which has similar tonality and texture that will then bring that into this area. And in this case that looks really good. It helped us deal with those situations.
Well, let's continue to work with this image. In the next movie, let's take a look at how we can also use another new tool. This new tool allows us to move content from one location of our frame to another.
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