By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
When you’re on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation and you’re experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment—you only get one chance to get the shot. And in the heat of the moment, a lot of us fall prey to the “photographer’s sin,” as Deke calls it: cropping out an arm, a leg, or some other vital body part.
Take the image featured in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, starring Deke’s sons Sam and Max. They’re posed on the top of the Ixmoja pyramid among the ruins of Coba, an ancient Maya city. It’s a great photograph in every way except two: The horizon is crooked and poor Sam’s foot is cut off.
Luckily, Deke has a way to salvage this photo: using the Crop and Content-Aware Fill tools to both straighten and “uncrop” the photograph.
Learn how to reinstate the missing details in your own photos by following along with this week’s free video. Along the way, Deke shows you how to use the Color Adaption option (only available in Photoshop CC) to get better results with the Content-Aware Fill tool in gradient regions, like the sky in this particular image.
He’ll also show how to use the Healing Brush to improve the results of Content-Aware Fill, and sample different areas of the image to make sure the retouching looks natural.
Visit Deke’s Techniques on lynda.com to learn the secret to reinstating Sam’s missing foot. Next week, learn to draw the back of a hand in Illustrator, with variable width strokes.
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