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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
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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