Are there objects or blemishes that you need to remove from your images? This is where the Content-Aware Fill comes into play. How do you use Content-Aware Fill? In this video, join author Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to make an initial selection for Content-Aware Fill.
- Now, Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill command is very useful for removing objects or blemishes in a scene. And the command has been around for several years. Recently though, Adobe did a significant revamp on how the filter works, and there are some awesome abilities within it now, tied to selections. Let's take a look. We'll open up our initial image here for Content-Aware Fill. What I want to do is make a basic selection. To succeed here, I want to remove our subject.
So let's start by choosing the quick selection tool and I'll choose Select Subject. We'll see if Photoshop can find it. Not bad. Did a pretty good job on the subject there, and holding down the shift key, I could click to get a little bit more. Additionally though, I see the ropes here. So I'll press the q button, to make my selection into a quick mask. Now, with my paint brush, I can start to paint. If I paint with black, it's going to further build up on that selection.
So you see I've got a pretty good initial selection there. Now my suggestion is when you exit this, expand it a little bit. You'll get much better results if you have a larger selection than you need. So push it out a little bit larger than you need, so it builds in a good overall area, and then make sure you feather it a little bit. Generally speaking, I'll feather a similar amount to the expansion. Now if we take a look at that with a quick mask, you see it looks pretty good.
Additionally, you can also press command l for levels, and further manipulate the mask right there, expanding and contracting as you see fit, with that middle slider. That looks pretty good, so I'll click okay. Now that we've got the initial selection, I'll press q to exit and I'm ready to move on to loading the Content-Aware Fill command. Remember, you can use any of the selection tools you want, but the key here is build out a nice, gentle selection, with a little bit of feathering and expansion. If it's not big enough, you can always go back into quick mask mode and paint, so you can expand or flip over to white if you need to remove.
That selection as well can also be blurred. In order to get the most natural look, with the Content-Aware Fill, I recommend a nice gentle selection like such. All right, there's our active selection. Let's move to the next step.
- What are selections?
- Creating masks from selections
- Using the selection tools, including marquees and lassos
- Moving a selection
- Selecting with the Quick Selection tool
- Growing, smoothing, and feathering selections
- Transforming a selection
- Using the Refine Edge command
- Selecting a color or tonal range with Color Range
- Making a selection with the Pen tool
- Creating selections from channels
- Saving a selection as an alpha channel
- Using the Content-Aware tools for selections
- Using Face-Aware Liquify