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Photoshop provides another Content Aware tool called the Content Aware Move tool that does just what you think it do. It allows you to move selections and it goes ahead and automatically fills in the hole. So lets compare that to the way standard movements work inside Photoshop. I've saved a selection outline along with this image, and I'll load it up. I'll go up to the select menu and choose the load selection command. And if you're working along with me you should set the channel option to Lasso selection. And then click Okay. Now if I were to move this selection like you normally do using the Move tool one of two things is going to happen.
If I am working on a flat background as I am, i'll leave a background colored whole, and by default the background color is white, if I were working on a layer then I would leave a transparent hole. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl Z, Cmd Z on the Mac to undo that change. Compare that to this tool right here, it's available from the same Fly-out menu as the Patch tool. Content Aware move. By default, mode should be set to Move. Adaptation is medium, so again we got an adaptation setting. And I'll go ahead and drag her up to the top portion of the image like so, and then Photoshop will set to work doing a couple of things.
First, it fills in the background as I said And second it goes ahead and redraws the pixels inside the selection. And in our case it's done a pretty poor job. We have a little bit of dress repeated down here in the bottom portion of the selection. And we're missing some detail on the feet as well. So the first solution you should try in these cases is to change the adaptation. If you want to gain back information, then switch to one of the strict options here. And again, you can change these settings on the Fly just as you can with the Patch tool. And if that doesn't end up working out for you, you're seeing too much repeated detail, or the selection is still a mess, as in our case.
Then go ahead and try out one of the loose options instead, of course, see what you come up with. But I've got an even better solution because this doesn't turn out to really work well for this image either. As you can see, there goes her head and we're missing just a ton of this foot detail and her knees a mess and so forth. Actually, her knees repeated down here at the bottom as well. So, where I can't speak for all images, but this one benefited from a different approach. I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, Cmd+Z on the Mac, to undo that change.
I'm going to switch to the Rectangular Marquee tool, and I'm going to draw a new selection that's much looser around here as you can see, I want to make sure to include all the shadow down here below her dress. And then I'll go ahead and switch over to the Content Aware Move tool once again. And I will drag her up, but not so far, so I'm not going to make that big modification I made before. I'll just drag her about midway up the image and see what kind of results I get this time around. It's a little bit unpredictable, sometimes you have to just play around and try to figure out what's going to work. But as you can see in my case, if I press Control H or Command H on a Mac to hide that selection outline, it's done a bang up job.
We're not missing any details inside the model this time around and the background's filled in pretty nicely. Again, it may not make sense that we have these small dandelions in front of a big one. They're obviously being repeated from the top area of the image. But given how little work these tools demand, it's pretty amazing the results you can get out of them, which is why these Content Aware tools are so great, especially if you find yourself working on a tight deadline.
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