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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
Photoshop has a number of different tools to help you remove distracting elements, including the Content Aware Fill and the Patch tool. Now most of the time these tools work to get you about 90% of the way there, and then you might still need to do some additional cloning or healing. But, at least they have taken care of the majority of work for you. We are going to start by using the Patch Tool, and I want to remove this lamp, of course removing the lamp would also require me to remove the shadow.
So I will Click and start Dragging a selection around the lamp, and I am using the Patch Tool to do this. Of course, I could use one of the other selection tools. And I'll try to be a little bit careful there, and then just close that selection. So, I would like Photoshop to try to actually replace the lamp, with other areas of the image. And in order to do this, I'll use the Edit menu and then Fill, and I will fill using Content Aware.
When I click OK, Photoshop will analyze the area, and try to fill it with like areas from other portions of the image. And in fact if I use Cmd + D or Ctrl + D to Deselect, we can see that it's done a very good job. One thing to note, if it doesn't do as good of a job as it did in this image on the first try, you can always refill the area, by selecting the Edit menu and then choosing Content Aware Fill for the contents. Because every time you select that, the algorithm or the math actually changes a little bit. So it might be worth it, to try it again.
And, like I said, when you use these tools, my expectation is that they usually get me about 80 to 90% of the way there, but I still will need to do a little retouching myself. Alright, let's move over to the bench image, and what I want to show you here, is the difference between using the Content Aware Fill and the Patch tool. Now, I'm going to use the Patch tool to make a selection. The selection is going to be around this bench. And by default, the Patch Tool is actually set to Patch, in this Normal mode.
But I've noticed, that whenever I'm trying to patch along the side of a file, something always goes a little bit odd with the colors. So when I position my cursor inside of this area that's selected, and I drag up, and I'm going to hold down the Shift key, so that I can strain that so it drags exactly vertical, when I let go the Patch Tool tends to reintroduce color, and in fact, it's bringing in the red from the bench. So I'm going to Undo that using Cmd + Z, or Ctrl + Z on Windows.
And I'm going to set the Patch Tool, to use that same Content Aware technology that we just used in the Fill menu. Now when I position my cursor inside of the marching ants, and I hold down the Shift key, and I drag up to select from this stucco wall above it, when I release the cursor, we don't get that color being introduced. So I would highly recommend, that when you're working, especially if you're working on the edges of your file, that you change the Patch Tool to this Content Aware mode. Again, it does an excellent job in this image, but most images, you might still need to go in, and use maybe either the Healing Brush or the Spot Healing Brush in order to just refine some of the edges around your retouching. So there you go, two tools to help you get rid of distracting elements in your images.
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