I will admit, I am brand new to Adobe Photoshop CS6. In fact, I am new to Photoshop in general. I have been using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom since version 1 to make the normal color, temperature, saturation, and exposure adjustments to my images, but I have not yet discovered all of the power that lies within Photoshop. CS6 is my first full version of Photoshop, and I must say, I am overwhelmed by the power of this program.
I began exploring a newer Photoshop feature called Content Aware Fill, which allows you to removed distracting elements from an image. The algorithm is impressive on its own, and I am sure there are many more ways you can use it aside from the following example. No, it is not perfect, and I believe learning how to make this edit 100% invisible is going to take a little trial and error.
Take a look at this photo of a runner from the San Diego Summer Nights Track and Field series. Even when I crop the image in tight, another runner’s arm and leg are visible. If I cropped the image anymore, I would be cutting off the main runner’s head or feet.
To remove the distracting runner, I simply made a selection outlining his body and pressed Delete. Photoshop asked me what I wanted to fill the empty space with. Some of the options were the foreground color, the background color, white space, and Content Aware Fill. After I selected Content Aware Fill, Photoshop CS6 did its magic and filled in the missing pixels with information that matches the neighboring pixels. The result is the image below:
If you look very closely on the left edge of the image, you can see a couple of mistakes. I left these on purpose to demonstrate that this feature is not 100% perfect. There is some blurring of the track’s lane lines, and some missing hand rails on the stone wall in the background. However, for a 2-second edit, I am impressed!
I would love to see examples of how you are using Adobe Photoshop CS6’s Content Aware Fill feature in your photography. Feel free to share your tips and tricks in the comments section.