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Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool

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Video: Making content-aware corrections with the Patch 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.

Making content-aware corrections with the Patch 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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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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