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Photoshop has a number of different tools to help you remove distracting elements. Including the Content-Aware Fill, the Patch tool, and the Content-Aware Move tool. Now, most of the time, these tools work to get you about 95% of the way there. But you might still need to do some additional cloning or maybe healing, in order to perfect some areas. But fortunately, they've taken care of the majority of the work for you. So, let's go ahead and start with the content-aware fill technology. I have my Lasso tool selected, and I'm going to want to remove this lamp, but of course that means I'll also want to remove the shadow.
So I'm going to make a selection around both the lamp and the shadow, and I want to make sure that I include some of the brick area and the cement area here in the door. Because, Photoshop is going to try to make up the information inside of my selection, and I want to kind of help guide it as to where to take the information from. So then we'll select the Edit menu, and choose Fill. And you'll notice that there are two different content-aware technologies. The content-aware on the top here, really focuses on the pattern and the texture in the image, whereas the content in color-aware, does a little bit better job blending the hard to match colors.
In this instance, I'm going to leave it set to Content-Aware, and click OK. You can see that it does a really nice job, and I do see one repeating pattern right here. We can see this little dent here, repeats right here. So, I could deselect and go ahead and try to clone that out, or use the healing brush, or I could use the Edit menu, come down to Fill again, using Content-Aware, and click OK. You'll notice that re-running the algorithm, actually changed the way that content-aware was applied.
So, if you ever get into a situation like we just did, where there's just one area you want to finesse. Go ahead and feel free to run the algorithm or run the feature again, and see if it doesn't auto-correct itself. All right, let's go ahead and move to this next image. I'm going to zoom in a little bit, and I want to remove this bench here. Now, I can make a selection with any of the tools, since I already have the lasso tool, I'm going to go ahead and just select it. If I wanted to, however, I could have used the patch tool to make my selection.
But, I already had the other tool, so that's fine. Now that we have the bench selected, if I try to patch this by clicking inside of my marching ants, and moving up here, you'll notice that in the default mode, I get this kind of color bleed. And I notice that a lot when I'm working near the edge of the image. So let's go ahead and undo that patch selection. And I'm going to change the Patch mode here to the Content-Aware technology.
I'll use the space bar and just scoot this down a little bit. And then I'm going to click inside the image area there, dragging the source to a better area. I can even hold down the Shift key if I want to keep them perfectly aligned. And when I release the cursor, you can see that it's done a much better job patching. Now, the patch tool works a little bit different than the other tools, in that these options right here, can actually be changed after the fact. So the adaptation option, really refers to the edges of the selection.
If I change this to Very Strict, you can see that where it's blending, is confined to just the very edges of the image, and it's much more noticeable in this image, when I have it set to very strict, because this dark value outside of the patched area, doesn't blend very well with the area inside. If I change this to Medium, you can see that, that shading is a lot more subtle, and if I move it all the way to Very Loose, we can see the shading actually moves quite a ways up into the image.
But you might also notice that there's a difference in color right here. That's where the color tolerance can come in handy. I'm going to go ahead, and change that to 5, and then tap Enter, or Return. You can see now, it's a much more subtle blend here, and in fact if I move this all the way up to 10, and then tap Enter, you can see it does a much better job blending those colors. All right, let's do one last thing. I'm going to deselect using Cmd+D or Ctrl+D. And I want to actually move this entire window.
So I'm going to make a really broad selection, around the window here. And when I get down to this side, I can always just release the cursor in order to close that selection, so that I don't have to draw it. And I just want to move this over a little bit. So, I'm going to change to the Content-Aware Move tool, you'll notice there's two options here. I can either move something or extend something, I actually want to move it. And I'm going to click inside my selection, and just scoot this over to the left a little bit.
When I release the cursor. Photoshop will automatically try to fill in the area that this has been moved from. I think it's done a very good job. There's this little area right here, but again, that can be easily taken care with the healing brush or the patch tool. But we might want to just take a look really quick. What does very strict do? Well, you can see that it's been a little strict over the edge, and the original selection was very close to the broom. So, we don't want that. If we go to Very Loose, you can see that the board actually warps a little bit, because now it's changing further in either direction of the selection.
So let's go ahead and change that back to Medium. And I think the colors are blending just fine, so I'll leave the color tolerance to 0, and just use Cmd+D or Ctrl+D to deselect. Now, you'll notice that time, when we choose medium, it actually removed that other little spot here, but if I needed to, there was something wrong, remember we can either go to either the spot healing, or the healing brush, and I could just paint over an area, and have Photoshop fix it for me automatically. So there you go, three different tools to help get rid of distracting elements in your images.
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