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In this movie, I'll show you how to apply content over a scale while protecting skin tones. This time around I want to take this horizontal photograph and stretch it to the entire height of the canvas. And make it much narrower as well. So, I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose Content Aware Scale. And I'm just going to stretch this thing as high as it goes and you can see that that ends up stretching her arms quite nicely there. Fortunately you know, this protect skin icon up here in the Options bar that will automatically take care of the problem to an extent.
And what Photoshop is doing is protecting the warm colors, the colors that fall in that orange spectrum. However, you can see that her torso is still stretching like crazy. So, turns out we don't really want to scale it this far right away. So, what I'm going to do is click on this bottom reference point on the far-left side of the Options bar. And I'm going to go ahead and restore that height value to 100% and then press the Enter key. And now what I'm going to do is click inside the w value, the width value And I'm going to press Shift+down arrow and I'll try to reduce it as much as I can without getting that effect essentially, without seeing any distortion in her whatsoever.
In my experience while as this happened at about 81%, that was about the threshold before something about her arm started going wrong. And then I'll tab over to the height value. And I'll press Shift+up arrow to take it up to 110% if I go up to 120 though, I end up stretching her torso again. So, 81 and 110 are the values I came up with. Then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac a couple of times in order to apply that change. And now, I'll just go back to the command again, by bringing up the Edit menu and choosing Content Aware Scale.
I'll select that bottom reference point once again and I'll click inside the W value. And press Shift+down arrow a couple of times and you can see if I go as low as 80% I'm cutting off her shoulder a little bit? So, I'll just raise that until she looks normal, which happens at about 87%. And now I'll take the height value up to 120%, you can see nothing is stretching on her body. But if I take the value to 130%, then we start getting stretching in the torso muscle. So this time, working along with me, the values are w 87% and h 120%.
Press the Enter key a couple of times in order to accept that change. And then finally one more pass. I'll go up to the Edit menu choose Content Aware Scale again. And this time around I just took the width value down to 98% because if you go any farther than that, you completely lose the sky on the outside of her fingers. Then I'll just go ahead and drag this top handle until it snaps to the top of the canvas. And we end up transforming this image significantly. Alright. I'll press the Enter key a couple of times in order to accept that change. And then I'll go to the Image menu and choose the Trim command to get rid of that extra canvas, make sure based on is set to transparent pixels.
And then click OK and you get this effect here. So, just by way of comparison, I'll press the F12 key, that's the original version of the image. And if I press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac, that's the stretch version. And she survives extremely nicely as you can see. Now, the grass doesn't do quite as well. We do have some ragged transitions in there but it's pretty low-contrast stuff. It's the kind of stuff that's going to disappear at its efficient resolution in print, although you certainly wouldn't want to show it to somebody at 100% inside Photoshop.
But she looks great in a very differently proportioned image. And that's how you protect skin tones when using Content Aware Scale here inside Photoshop.
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