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Using Content-Aware Patch

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

Video: Using Content-Aware Patch

In this movie, I'll demonstrate how to work with content-aware patch, which is a kind of combination of content-aware fill along with the Patch tool. And it's best understood in the context of those features. So what I'm going to do, is demonstrate each feature in kind on this image. So I'll start things off by pressing Ctrl+Alt+J, Cmd+Option+J on the Mac. To jump this layer and name it. And I'll call this layer standard patch and then click Okay to create it. Then I'll press Ctrl+J or Cmd+Option+J again and I'll name this layer CA patch just so we can keep track of things and I'll click Okay.

Using Content-Aware Patch

In this movie, I'll demonstrate how to work with content-aware patch, which is a kind of combination of content-aware fill along with the Patch tool. And it's best understood in the context of those features. So what I'm going to do, is demonstrate each feature in kind on this image. So I'll start things off by pressing Ctrl+Alt+J, Cmd+Option+J on the Mac. To jump this layer and name it. And I'll call this layer standard patch and then click Okay to create it. Then I'll press Ctrl+J or Cmd+Option+J again and I'll name this layer CA patch just so we can keep track of things and I'll click Okay.

All right, I'm going to turn off those top two layers, switch back to the background layer for a moment And I'm going to select this general region at the bottom of the image using the rectangular marquee tool. And let's go ahead and apply a content-aware fill. And by virtue of the fact that I've selected so much of the image, I'm forcing Photoshop to look to the trees, for its source information. So I'll go out to the Edit menu and choose the fill command. Change Use to content aware, the blending options should be set to normal and 100% respectively, and then I'll click OK.

And, what content-aware fill does, as you may recall from the previous course, is it goes ahead and decides for you, what information inside the image ought to be sourced. So, it's looking to the trees. And you can see that it also has a habit of duplicating information. So receiving several occurrences of that upper left hand tree and we are also bringing some grass in from the top because content-aware filled often wants to create a kind of transition between the deselected area and the selection. So, I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+D or Cmd+D on the Mac to deselect the image.

Let's compare that to the standard Patch tool where you're in charge of the source information. I'll go ahead and turn on this standard patch layer and select it, and I'll draw a new smaller selection outline, still pretty rough of course around the trash can and its shadow. And then, I'll go ahead and switch to the Patch tool. And if you're working along with me, you'd want to make sure to right-click on that little patch icon on the left side of the Options bar and choose Reset tool. So that you select a source option. And turn off the transparent check box. And again I'm going to source the trees this time around.

Because even though that's a ridiculous modification to this image, it's very useful for demonstrating how the tool works. So I'll go ahead and move the selection outline up into the right this time. That's going to duplicate that tree information as we can see right there. However Photoshop is also going to try to heal the edges of the selection outline. So if I press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a Mac, you can see that we get some healing right around the edges here. And, we're bringing in some of the green color of the grass as well, but it's obvious that we went and sourced the trees.

Well it's not nearly so obvious when you use content-aware patch. So I'm going to go ahead and select that layer and turn it on as well. And I still have my selection outline which I can get by pressing Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on the Mac. I'll go ahead and zoom out and I'll switch that part setting from normal to content aware and then I'll go ahead and drag the selection up into the trees once again. And, this time around, in addition to duplicating the trees, we will see some duplication, we're also going to bring in a lot of grass information as you can see right here.

So it's almost like we have a different healing metaphor. If I press Ctrl+H, or Cmd+H on a Mac, to hide that selection outline You can see that we're bringing in a lot of content and we're fill this time around the edges of the selection, and bringing in our tree right there in the central area. So it's a combination of me sourcing the information and Photoshop sourcing it automatically. Now even though this is a static tool, meaning it makes pixel level modifications to a layer, you have the option of changing the behavior of the tool, right after using it by switching this adaptation setting.

So, right now, we're looking at medium adaptation. If I want to more strictly adhere to the source information, that is, the trees. I could switch this option to strict or very strict And then Photoshop is going to rerun the patch operation as you're seeing it do now. And what we're going to see is more tree information and less of Photoshop looking elsewhere for the source. Whereas, if you want Photoshop to bring in more content-aware fill, and do less sourcing from the area you specified, then you can switch to either loose or very loose as I am doing in this case.

And that's going to cause Photoshop to spend a little more time on the operation as well. But you can see that we're doing a surprisingly good job of matching the area inside the selection. Now obviously this is no way to really get rid of the Trash can, so I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on a Mac to undo that operation. We'll make sure that the CA patch layer is still selected. Then I'll press Ctrl+D or Cmd+D on a Mac to deselect the trash can. And I'll go ahead and Alt-click around it, this would be an Option-click over here in a Mac. And I think what I'm about to show you is going to surprise you quite a bit.

What you might think you should do, using the Patch tool at this point, is just go ahead and after having drawn the selection obviously, just go ahead and drag over here into this grass area. But if you do, we're going to end up duplicating that weird area of dirt there. Instead, I'm just going to move the selection up and to the right just a little bit like so. And I'll go ahead and release. And what I'm doing for all intents and purposes is sourcing the trash can itself. And yet, I just completely got rid of the darn thing. Now I do have some stuff left behind.

If I press Ctrl+D or Cmd+D on the Mac you can see that this isn't the most credible image editing effect on earth. And I've got these duplicated shadows and so forth, and that's where you go in and apply some additional healing. So the idea behind these Patch tool variations, is you can get some rough work done very quickly.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014) NEW
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014) NEW
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014) NEW
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch UPDATED
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch UPDATED
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool UPDATED
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text UPDATED
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks UPDATED
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks UPDATED
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters UPDATED
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text UPDATED
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs UPDATED
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path UPDATED
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements UPDATED
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014) NEW
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014) NEW
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones UPDATED
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes UPDATED
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer UPDATED
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document UPDATED
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web UPDATED
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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