Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos
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What to do when Content-Aware Fill doesn't work


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Video: What to do when Content-Aware Fill doesn't work

In the last movie we talked about all the magical things that you can do with Content-Aware Fill. In this one I want to talk about what to do when it doesn't work. If you recall, we had this image that was a panorama and we filled in the missing areas, but if you look closely, there is this one particular area that isn't quite blended right and fixing this is very easy. All we need to do is take a Lasso, circle that area and just hit Delete to prompt Content-Aware Fill again, and it's just going to take another guess at that.
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  1. 7m 53s
    1. Welcome
      2m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
    3. What you need to know about Adobe Camera Raw
      4m 42s
  2. 9m 30s
    1. Reinventing the Crop tool
      5m 44s
    2. Using the new Crop tool the old way
      3m 46s
  3. 6m 4s
    1. Then versus now: Understanding how the Auto button works
      2m 55s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Auto
      3m 9s
  4. 6m 37s
    1. Using Curves
      3m 31s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Curves
      3m 6s
  5. 14m 57s
    1. Looking at sharpening
      2m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Sharpen
      4m 41s
    3. Understanding the role of Smart Objects in a sharpening workflow
      2m 20s
    4. Applying brush-based selective sharpening
      5m 50s
  6. 9m 6s
    1. Understanding the challenges of building blur
      2m 54s
    2. Using Iris Blur to create shallow depth of field
      6m 12s
  7. 8m 20s
    1. The evolving Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      6m 24s
    2. Understanding the role of the graphics tablet
      1m 56s
  8. 12m 33s
    1. Understanding and using Content-Aware Fill
      3m 16s
    2. What to do when Content-Aware Fill doesn't work
      2m 38s
    3. Beyond fill: Content-Aware Patch
      1m 16s
    4. Content-Aware Scale: The feature nobody knows about
      3m 30s
    5. Content-Aware Move: Recomposing photos
      1m 53s
  9. 3m 17s
    1. Exploring what Liquify is really used for
      3m 17s
  10. 12m 1s
    1. Correcting automatically based on lens profiles
      4m 2s
    2. Getting the most out of Adaptive Wide Angle
      4m 47s
    3. Exploring lens distortion and video
      3m 12s
  11. 7m 22s
    1. Using presets new and old
      47s
    2. Surprising yourself with the Color Look Up Adjustment layer
      2m 15s
    3. Using gradient map presets for black-and-white conversions
      2m 31s
    4. Imagining a connected Photoshop
      1m 49s
  12. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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1h 37m Intermediate Sep 05, 2012

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In this course, Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes takes you on an insider's tour of the key photo-enhancement features in Adobe Photoshop CS6, providing details on how they work, background into their evolution, and insights into how to use them more effectively.

The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.

The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.

Topics include:
  • Reinventing the Crop tool
  • Rediscovering the Auto button
  • Getting the most out of curves
  • Understanding Smart Sharpen
  • Building blur and softness
  • Working with a graphics tablet
  • Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
  • Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
  • Using presets
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Bryan O'Neil Hughes

What to do when Content-Aware Fill doesn't work

In the last movie we talked about all the magical things that you can do with Content-Aware Fill. In this one I want to talk about what to do when it doesn't work. If you recall, we had this image that was a panorama and we filled in the missing areas, but if you look closely, there is this one particular area that isn't quite blended right and fixing this is very easy. All we need to do is take a Lasso, circle that area and just hit Delete to prompt Content-Aware Fill again, and it's just going to take another guess at that.

And so the best way to fix these images is to just take a small bite and run it again, until you to get the desired look. Okay. So let's take a look at an image that really doesn't work right and what we're going to do is try to fill in this area in the foreground. And if I come in and I select that and I hit Delete and ask Content-Aware to fill that in, it's going to look at all the neighboring pixels and it's going to take its best guess. And what we see here is what we call Content-Aware Fail, it came up with the wrong result, it pulled a bunch of information from the bumper there, and we don't want that.

So we're going to hit Command+Z. And what I want to show you as a trick to work around Content-Aware Fill and train it on where to look in the image. And what we want to do is first create a Duplicate layer here, and then we're going to go ahead and mask that, and we want to turn off our Base layer so that we can see what we're doing. We're going to select a Brush and make sure it's set to Black and then we're just going to come in here and we're going to mask out all of the stuff that we don't want it to look at.

So I am going to make sure that I get all of the truck out of here and I want to leave it a fair amount of ground look at. And I probably don't have to work on masking this entire thing, but Content-Aware Fill does look at the entire image. And so in the interest of getting the best results, I'm just going to take the time to come in here and mask out the whole image. And once I'm satisfied with my result, what I am going to do is click Back on the image that's masked, move over to my Selection tool, select that same area and in this case because it's a layer, I can't just hit Delete or it would delete from the image.

So I need to come up here and go to Edit > Fill > Content-Aware and it's going to look at all those neighboring pixels, but not the ones we've masked. We've got a great result and we can turn on the base layer and we've got the image that we wanted. So that's a great way to work around it. Later on we'll talk about using the new Patch tool to solve the same problem.

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