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Moving a subject with the Content-Aware Move tool

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers

Video: Moving a subject with the Content-Aware Move tool

In the previous movie we looked at how we could work with Content Aware fill and how we can make small or large selections in order to correct different areas in our photograph. Well here, we are going to take a look at another Content Aware feature, this is called the Content Aware Move tool. Let's say that the client says you know what? I love this photograph, the yoga pose, the morning light, the location; I just wish that the subject was a little bit over to the left. Well, let's see how we can use the Content Aware Move tool as well as some of our other retouching tools in order to pull this off.

Moving a subject with the Content-Aware Move tool

In the previous movie we looked at how we could work with Content Aware fill and how we can make small or large selections in order to correct different areas in our photograph. Well here, we are going to take a look at another Content Aware feature, this is called the Content Aware Move tool. Let's say that the client says you know what? I love this photograph, the yoga pose, the morning light, the location; I just wish that the subject was a little bit over to the left. Well, let's see how we can use the Content Aware Move tool as well as some of our other retouching tools in order to pull this off.

We will go ahead, and zoom in on this image a little bit. Let's start off with the reflection down below. You'll notice that this file has a few different layers in it. Let's target the reflection layer. Next, you can select the Content Aware Move tool by clicking on one of your Healing tools and then selecting it here. Inside of the Options Bar, you want to choose the mode for Move because that's what we are going to do. If you wanted to extend the background or something, you could use Extend. Next, we want to use an Adaptation method of Very Strict.

I will show you more about how these work in a little bit, but for now, we'll use Very Strict because we want to maintain the exact same shape of the area that we are going to select. Next, we want to choose Sample all layers. Well, here what we'll do is we'll go down to the reflection and we'll make a pretty generous and rough selection around this reflection. Then once we've made that selection, we will click-and-drag this over to the left. And here what I am going to do is just try to find a nice spot for that and then let go. In doing that, once we let go, Photoshop will then work its magic and it will clean up both areas.

If we turn off the background layer, what we can see is that it patched over the area where the subject was, and then also brought the subject over. And in doing this, we now have this correction where we removed or moved that subject over. Now, if we zoom in a little bit, one of the things that I notice is that this line isn't quite straight. You can always fix that by clicking into this layer. Let's first deselect and then by creating a little mask, click on your Mask Icon, and then grab your Brush tool, and with the Brush tool, we will paint with black.

We will just mask this original line back in. If I bring in too much of the foot, we will just press the X key, and then you can mask that back out. And again, sometimes you'll need to clean up your edges in a similar way that we had to do this previously or perhaps the tone doesn't match exactly. Well, you could use the Clone Stamp tool, press the S key, and here with the Clone Stamp tool, you could go ahead, and sort of touch up some of those edges. So as you work with this tool, while it's magic, you may need to do a little bit of cleanup work, in the same way that we had to in the previous movie.

Well, this was easy. It was easy because it was pretty consistent. Let's then move up to the subject. Here, I am going to try to remember where I should move her to right about there in order to align the two. And in order to do that, what I need to do is to make a selection around the subject, but this is complicated. The brightness is a little bit different, we have this wall, we have her foot. This needs to look good. So we will click in this yoga layer. You could also just create your own layers, but I've created them for you.

So let's target this one and let's choose the Content Aware Move tool. After having selected that, we will go ahead and make a selection. We will make a selection around the subject. Again, we want to give this a lot of really nice breathing room. If ever you make a selection and you feel like it's too tight, well just hold down the Shift key and then click-and-drag again in order to add to that selection, and you can see by doing that, I've now made this selection a little bit bigger. Well, now that we have that, the next thing I want to do is again just make sure I can line those both up.

I need to move that to right about there, and then we will go ahead and click-and-drag this over to the left. In doing that, Photoshop is going to attempt to try to correct this. Here, it did a pretty decent job, yet we have a few little problems. I also want to highlight something. If we change this Adaptation say to something like Very Loose, well the picture isn't going to look very good, it's going to look a little scary. Let me zoom in so that you can see some of those details. Notice how it duplicated her foot and the ground looks weird because with very loose, it's not really paying attention to the continent.

It says, the actual shape doesn't matter that much. Well, with a person, it really does. That's why we want to choose Very Strict. This will then perform this blending in a way that it maintains the integrity of all of the other elements. Let's clean this up. Go to Select, and choose Deselect. Here what we can do for this blue wave area is just add a mask by clicking on the layer Mask icon, grabbing our Brush tool, and then we can go ahead and paint with black. And in this case I will just paint with black in order to a paint away that blue and also, paint away some of the changes that it made to the wall here so that have that original line.

By using this tool, it allows us to really quickly make changes like this, and you'll see demos out there where this just works perfectly from the get-go. There are times where it does work like that. I mean it's just magic. Yet, there are other times when you need to kind of follow up with some of these other tools to finish it off. That's why, I want to show you a demo like that so that you can know how to make this work for those real-life situations, where it doesn't work perfectly the first time. Well, what about our wave here? Well, if we turn this on and off, the wave, that kind of got destroyed.

Well, what we could do with the wave is we could mask this off, and doing that, we are going to bring in some of the leg. Well, I am going to be okay with that in order to maintain kind of the shape of the wave because to re-create that shape, it would be pretty difficult. Next, I will press the X key to paint this back here. I am just going to go back-and-forth painting this till I can get rid of most of the leg. Next step is going to be to create a new layer or to click-in, in this case I have already created it, this cleanup layer. Here, we'll use Clone Stamp, or something like that, and make our brush nice and small by pressing the left-bracket key and then we can just use Clone Stamp to start to clone this away by selecting other content, and just bringing this down.

By being careful with that and by cleaning up that little edge, what we can do then is reshape the wave maybe a little bit, so that we can bring that down here, and try to get this to look really nice and natural. Here we'll go kind of from both sides, just doing some detail work on our Clone Stamp. Then let's see how this one looks. If we look at our before and after there, here I will turn off the before and after of everything so you can see that overall before and after. And I think that works well. But let's zoom out a little bit, so we can see how this is coming along in regards to our overall project, and here we have that before, and then after.

We can see how we moved over the different elements. The great thing about this is that this tool, it just allows us to work really quickly initially, and there isn't another tool which would allow us to do this as effectively. By doing this on different layers, if we make any kind of a mistake like for example let's say that the reflection isn't quite lined up with the subject, well just go ahead and use your Move tool and we can click-and-drag to move this over a little bit. And here by doing that, I can try to line these up a little bit better.

Now, if I create any sort of a problem for myself, well then I can always go back in, now that these are lined up and here we can see there's a little bit of a problem there into my cleanup layer, and I can do some really simple Clone Stamping. And by doing that, I can then clean up any problem that I created by making that subtle little shift there. Well, let's take a look at our overall before and after, here it is, before and then now after.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers

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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 11m 49s
    1. Ideas for how to learn Photoshop more effectively
      4m 25s
    2. Isolating what you've learned and taking quality notes
      3m 53s
    3. Getting creative and being ready to be surprised
      3m 31s
  3. 38m 57s
    1. Customizing the Bridge workspace
      4m 46s
    2. Reviewing and evaluating your photos
      4m 22s
    3. Rating, ranking, and filtering photographs
      5m 42s
    4. Organizing photos with stacks
      3m 55s
    5. Grouping pictures together with collections
      3m 56s
    6. Adding metadata and keywords
      4m 47s
    7. Renaming images
      1m 45s
    8. Accessing the Photoshop tools from within Bridge
      2m 28s
    9. Working with Bridge and Photoshop
      2m 40s
    10. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 36s
  4. 45m 29s
    1. Setting up your color settings
      3m 31s
    2. Choosing preferences for the HUD color picker
      3m 50s
    3. Setting image interpolation preferences
      3m 3s
    4. Modifying zoom preferences
      4m 20s
    5. Changing HUD brush options
      3m 41s
    6. Customizing interface preferences
      3m 30s
    7. Opening up documents in tabs
      4m 11s
    8. Reviewing file-handling preferences
      5m 4s
    9. Setting performance preferences
      4m 23s
    10. Choosing cursor preferences
      5m 14s
    11. Reviewing guides and type preview preferences
      4m 42s
  5. 21m 4s
    1. Exploring two simple steps for more accurate color
      2m 57s
    2. Introducing color profiles
      5m 17s
    3. Opening and saving files with embedded profiles
      7m 33s
    4. Setting up your studio
      1m 59s
    5. A demonstration of monitor calibration
      1m 46s
    6. Finding color management resources
      1m 32s
  6. 28m 34s
    1. Introducing the Tools panel
      4m 53s
    2. Changing the view mode and working with panels
      5m 33s
    3. Opening and arranging multiple documents
      6m 31s
    4. Combining, saving, and closing multiple documents
      5m 17s
    5. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      5m 11s
    6. Working with a Wacom tablet
      1m 9s
  7. 18m 24s
    1. The foundation of digital imaging: pixels and bit depth
      6m 12s
    2. Introducing image resizing
      3m 42s
    3. Resizing images effectively
      3m 48s
    4. Resizing and straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 28s
    5. Creative tip: sizing images correctly
      2m 14s
  8. 41m 56s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      2m 47s
    2. Accessing the Camera Raw preferences
      3m 16s
    3. Improving your images with the basic controls
      7m 0s
    4. Correcting color and white balance
      4m 44s
    5. Processing multiple images at once
      5m 56s
    6. Utilizing the Crop tool to recompose your pictures
      5m 28s
    7. Creating dramatic black-and-white conversions
      5m 34s
    8. Reducing noise and making tack-sharp photos
      7m 11s
  9. 32m 55s
    1. Introducing layers
      2m 22s
    2. Understanding layers and layer transparency
      1m 29s
    3. Working with layer opacity
      3m 29s
    4. Aligning layers
      1m 32s
    5. Creating new layers
      4m 53s
    6. Organizing layers
      2m 31s
    7. Filtering and finding layers
      2m 8s
    8. Adding layer style effects
      5m 28s
    9. Creating a clipping mask
      6m 50s
    10. Targeting and moving layers
      2m 13s
  10. 33m 22s
    1. Making selections with the marquee tools
      4m 50s
    2. Using the three lasso tools
      4m 56s
    3. Selecting with the Magic Wand tool
      5m 43s
    4. Working with the Quick Select tool
      7m 21s
    5. Selecting based on color with the Color Range controls
      7m 13s
    6. Correcting skin tones with Color Range
      3m 19s
  11. 23m 2s
    1. Introducing masking
      1m 14s
    2. Painting away the contents of a layer with a mask
      3m 59s
    3. Using a selection to build a mask
      3m 3s
    4. Removing a subject from the background with a mask
      6m 37s
    5. Using a mask to selectively sharpen an image
      3m 58s
    6. Making selections with Quick Mask
      4m 11s
  12. 13m 42s
    1. Creating a custom border using selections and masks
      5m 4s
    2. Painting custom border effects
      3m 34s
    3. Using prebuilt borders
      4m 13s
    4. Exploring the PhotoFrame plug-in
      51s
  13. 11m 49s
    1. Adding brightness and contrast
      3m 3s
    2. Using hue and saturation and the Target Adjustment tool
      5m 34s
    3. Working with vibrancy and saturation
      3m 12s
  14. 14m 36s
    1. Working with auto levels
      3m 36s
    2. Enhancing color and tone with levels
      4m 12s
    3. Painting in adjustments with levels and masking
      4m 10s
    4. Creative tip: checking in
      2m 38s
  15. 29m 50s
    1. Introducing the Curves dialog box
      3m 12s
    2. Using auto curves and adjustments to enhance an image
      4m 17s
    3. Changing brightness with curves and masks
      3m 59s
    4. Using curves and masks to improve tone and color
      4m 56s
    5. Making advanced selections and masks
      3m 53s
    6. Enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks
      5m 53s
    7. Using, modifying, and saving curves presets
      3m 40s
  16. 20m 12s
    1. Introducing the magic of blend modes
      6m 33s
    2. Blending multiple images together
      3m 50s
    3. Using blending modes to remove white or black
      2m 8s
    4. Improving exposure, contrast, and color with blending
      5m 37s
    5. Using blending shortcuts
      2m 4s
  17. 10m 26s
    1. Working with color correction in Camera Raw
      1m 21s
    2. Correcting color with the eyedroppers
      3m 11s
    3. Correcting color and tone with the eyedroppers
      5m 54s
  18. 36m 1s
    1. Using a Replace Color adjustment
      4m 14s
    2. Using Replace Color, Hue/Saturation, and masks
      5m 32s
    3. Replacing color with advanced masking
      7m 14s
    4. Selecting and modifying color with the Hue/Saturation eyedroppers
      2m 30s
    5. Using Color Balance to create vivid color
      4m 3s
    6. Modifying color with Selective Color
      5m 3s
    7. Changing color with Photo Filter
      4m 4s
    8. Making creative color changes with Color Lookup
      1m 44s
    9. Creative tip: shoot more
      1m 37s
  19. 35m 13s
    1. The modern equivalent of a traditional technique
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing two burn and dodge techniques
      7m 22s
    3. Burning and dodging with the Brush and Gradient tools
      4m 18s
    4. Dodging and reducing shadows in a portrait
      6m 0s
    5. Using selections, masks, and curves to change tonality
      7m 21s
    6. Improving a black-and-white landscape
      8m 32s
  20. 16m 9s
    1. The power of black and white
      4m 14s
    2. Converting a portrait to black and white
      4m 6s
    3. Converting a landscape to black and white
      4m 23s
    4. Adding grain and tone to a black-and-white image
      3m 26s
  21. 31m 57s
    1. Introducing Smart Filters
      3m 36s
    2. Applying Smart Filters
      6m 20s
    3. Creating a soft contrast effect
      6m 38s
    4. Changing focus with the Blur Gallery
      3m 40s
    5. Working with Tilt-Shift Blur
      3m 52s
    6. Creating a realistic lens flare
      2m 45s
    7. Adding light with the Lighting Effects filter
      5m 6s
  22. 12m 33s
    1. Using the Noise Reduction filter
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring advanced noise reduction using channels
      2m 49s
    3. Masking in noise reduction to a specific area
      2m 1s
    4. Reducing noise with Surface Blur
      3m 57s
  23. 48m 30s
    1. Cleaning before you enhance
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the healing and cloning tools
      7m 22s
    3. Cleaning up the background of an image
      6m 21s
    4. Basic portrait retouching
      3m 15s
    5. Brightening shadows under the eyes
      4m 53s
    6. Brightening the eyes
      2m 30s
    7. Retouching selected areas
      5m 27s
    8. Using Content-Aware Fill to remove distractions
      5m 34s
    9. Moving a subject with the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 54s
    10. Changing shape and dimension with Liquify
      4m 12s
  24. 24m 2s
    1. Using the Lens Correction filter
      6m 52s
    2. Reducing exaggerated distortion
      5m 16s
    3. Applying Free Transform to correct perspective
      3m 49s
    4. Correcting distortion with the Perspective Crop tool
      3m 45s
    5. Using Puppet Warp to correct perspective
      4m 20s
  25. 26m 48s
    1. Combining two photos with movement
      4m 12s
    2. Using two frames for a group photo
      4m 57s
    3. Creating a panoramic photo from multiple frames
      3m 37s
    4. Correcting distortion with the Adaptive Wide Angle correction
      7m 34s
    5. Cropping, filling in the gaps, and making final panographic adjustments
      6m 28s
  26. 27m 24s
    1. Working with Smart Sharpen
      6m 17s
    2. Using Unsharpen Mask
      4m 49s
    3. High Pass sharpening an image
      4m 47s
    4. Selectively sharpening the in-focus areas of an image
      3m 35s
    5. Selective sharpening with hand-drawn masks
      7m 56s
  27. 22m 44s
    1. Preparing images for the web and email
      4m 38s
    2. Sharpening for the web
      3m 5s
    3. Using Save for Web to create an optimized JPEG
      4m 26s
    4. Exporting images to Facebook or Flickr
      4m 46s
    5. Creating a web gallery
      5m 49s
  28. 26m 6s
    1. Desktop printing recommendations
      2m 46s
    2. Creating a PDF layout and contact sheets
      5m 56s
    3. Using a soft proof to visualize the print
      8m 0s
    4. Adjusting printer settings
      3m 43s
    5. Customizing the Print dialog box options
      5m 41s
  29. 32m 4s
    1. Opening up a video file in Photoshop
      7m 7s
    2. Editing a video clip and adding text
      5m 15s
    3. Using adjustment layers and adding an audio track
      4m 47s
    4. Creating a project with multiple clips
      4m 55s
    5. Adding a cross-dissolve fade and creating custom shortcuts
      4m 43s
    6. Customizing the workspace to review your project
      3m 2s
    7. Exporting a project
      2m 15s
  30. 3m 4s
    1. Exploring additional resources and ways to keep in touch
      2m 29s
    2. Goodbye
      35s

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