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A newer feature in Adobe Photohop is the content aware options and the Healing tools. The benefit of using this option is that it can sometimes make for a more seamless match as well as same you time looking for a clean, matched texture. We're going to take a look at the Content-Aware feature in two tools today. The Spot Healing tool and the Patch tool. Switching over to my Spot Healing tool, again, working non-destructively on the retouch layer, I'm going to switch over from proximity match to Content-Aware. Just as a refresher, my hardness is set to 50% on my brush settings.
And I'm going to go in and all I have to do now is just click and release, and it seems to make a pretty seamless match. What's really happening is Adobe Photoshop is reading my image as one large set of patterns. As I use this tool, it's going to read those patterns and try and fill in the area of flaw with what it feels is a natural progressive pattern. Sometimes this can work for you, and sometimes it can work against you. For instance, if i have an area with a lot of flaw and I'm trying to re-touch that area, as I click, it may actually read the flaw as the pattern and start to add more flaw to that area.
So as long as this tool works, I'm going to leave it on the Content-Aware feature. The other option that I have is Contour features in the Patch tool. So I'm going to switch over to the Patch tool, and up above my Control panel, I'm going to switch from Patch Normal to Patch Content-Aware. Now, I have five settings under Content-Aware, and we're just going to look at a couple of them. It starts at Very Strict, all the way down to Very Loose. Each one has a different adaptation level. Especially when it comes to textures, Very Loose will work against you as it will blend too much and also blur the image, where Very Strict is almost like creating an exact copy.
So starting on Very Loose, I'm going to take the same selection I did in the previous movie and try to remove this wrinkle. As I move this over, I'm going to match up the texture. And when I release, you can see that it kind of over-blurred some areas. I do have a pretty good blend right here, and this would be acceptable, but it does also have some dark areas here that I want to try and remedy. So, I'm going to undo that, go back and switch to medium, and drag into the same area. And what I'm trying to achieve is a nice seamless look between my flaw and the transitional background, and medium looks pretty good.
The one that I prefer to use, however, is strict. So I've undone this all the way back to my original selection, and drag out strict, match up the texture, and that looks pretty good. I've got a nice seamless pattern going on, I don't have too much repetition. If I find that it is repeating a little too much, I can always take a new selection or use my Clone Stamp tool or other Healing tools to blend this in.
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