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In this movie, I'll present to you what I imagine you'll regard as a much more practical application of the Content-Aware patch tool. Specifically, we're going to retouch an image. So I've got this butterfly right here that's missing a portion of it's wing. And we're going to use the content-aware patch tool to rebuild that area. So, I'll start off by zooming in quite a bit like so, and then I'll go ahead and grab my lasso tool, which you can get by pressing the L key. And I'm going to draw a pretty generalized lasso right here across this region of the wing, taking care not to select any of the insect's body and then I'll drop down like so.
And I don't want this little extra spike right there so I'll press the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, and drag around this region to deselect it. Now, go ahead and switch to the patch tool which you should be able to get by pressing the J key, and go up to the Options bar and make sure that patch is set to Content-Aware, and then go ahead and drag this up, the selection outline, and notice that I'm taking care to make sure that not only am I filling in that selected region down left, but also that this line across the animal's wing is remaining consistent.
And then I'll go ahead and drop the selection into place. Now, it's looking pretty bad at this point, but that's due in large part to the adaptation settings from the previous movie. So to change them, I'll go ahead and click on the gear icon. Remember that you do not want to deselect this area. If you want to make dynamic modifications, and I'm going to increase the structure value all the way to 5, its maximum, so we have as much structure going on as possible. And then I'll go ahead and take the color value down to 0 and press the tab key in order to eliminate any and all color adaptation, because otherwise it will bring in some of the green, as I already have from the leaf.
Now press the escape key to hide that pop up menu and I'll press Control D, or Command D on the Mac in order to deselect the image. And you can see at this point that we do have a few problems, so I'll just go ahead and select this area right there, let's say and drag upward once again. In order to source that good portion of the image up top. And, now click off the image to deselect it. I'll select this region right there because I don't want to repeat this detail and I'll drag over there to get rid of that repeat. And I'll drag around this area as well and move it to about there in order to get rid of that little bit of repetition, I want this area to look a little more consistent.
So I'll go ahead and select it and drag up to about here, let's say, and I'll go ahead and release and we end up with this effect. And of course, you can adjust those structure settings anytime you like, if you feel like you might be able to achieve better results. And now, I'm going to take a chance here and see if I can repair this portion of the wing because you can see we have a little bit of stuff drifting down right there, and I think we might be able to rebuild it with a fair amount of success like so, and now I'll click off the image to deselect it.
And what I love about this is Photoshop has gone ahead and mimicked the level of focus around this edge of the wing as well. So I'll go ahead and press the f key in order to fill the screen with the image, and I'll press Control 0, or Command 0 on the Mac, to center my zoom. And just to give you a sense of what we were able to achieve in that very small amount of time. I'll press the F12 key in order to restore the saved version of the image, and so this is the butterfly as it really appeared, and this is our new less worrisome creature, thanks to our ability to quickly rebuild details inside of an image using the Content-Aware patch tool.
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