Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


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Content Aware Fill

There's another tool we have here. It's called the Content Aware Fill Tool, and if you're familiar with Photoshop dating back to, you know, CS5, CS6, this was breakthrough, cutting edge technology back then, that now has kind of just found its way into other tools, where what you're seeing with the Content Aware Move Tool and what you're seeing with the Patch Tool, those are all things that actually do, kind of source, this fill technology. So if we were to go and use Content Aware Fill, there's a couple reasons why we would use this, and one of them, first of all, let's make a selection for some of these rocks here and I'll show you Content Aware Fill first there. So if I go there and I grab, I zoom in here and I grab this rock and I wanna fill this in. Let's say I didn't wanna use something like the Clone Stamp Tool, or I didn't wanna something like the Patch Tool, for some reason or another. I wanted to select multiple areas, like maybe press shift and select this area too. I could ...

then come up here, press shift F5, or go to edit. Shift F5. Why is it, oh, 'cause I'm stuck up here. If you're stuck in here, it's not gonna work. Shift F5 and then go to content aware, and select color adaptations so that it does help the color around it, and if we press OK... It's not gonna do what I want it to do. That's interesting. (laughs) Shift F5 and content aware. Let's turn color adaptation off, let's see what happens there, press OK. Okay, hold on one second. Shift F5, color adaptation, let's see if the blend mode is the problem here. Maybe we'll change it to normal, press OK. There we go, it was a blend mode. So as it was trying to fill in those areas, it was using the blend mode of soft light to fill in those areas, which is not what I wanted. I want it to literally take a selection for me, so setting it to normal was what did that for me. So if I zoom in here, we can see that if I press command or control D to deselect that, we've got a hard edge around there. It did a good job of filling that stuff in. All that stuff disappeared, right? But it's got that hard edge around it. One thing that I did not show you was selections. That you can also do while you have a selection available, is if you go up to select, and you go to modify and go to feather, this will feather the edge before we even do the Content Aware. So if we feather that edge by, let's say five pixels, press OK, and then we go to shift F5, and then Content Aware Fill, it's gonna feather that edge so we don't get quite as much of a hard edge. Hmm, it didn't do it quite as well as it did before. (laughs) It didn't like that feather. Let's go ahead and go back to our selection here. Let's go back here, just act like that didn't happen. Okay, we'll go select this and then select this, and then we go to select and we'll go to modify and we'll go to feather, change this to two pixels, press OK. And then shift F5 and then Content Aware, yeah. We had too many pixels selected. So at five pixels, it was selecting so much of that area around it that when it came in and did the feathering, it also did too much of a color adaptation because of the amount of pixels that we had feathered there, but if we just do two pixels, it does pretty well. But this is basically the technology that we used long before all the other tools were around. Now where this can be helpful, is, let's say with this image, we wanted to extend the sky a little bit. Okay, so let me go ahead and turn this layer off, make this an un-background layer and go to image and go to canvas size. Right now, with this set to canvas size, I'm saying that the width of this image is 20 by 13. If I change this mode down here to relative, and I change the height to two, that's gonna give me a relative height increase on both the top and bottom of the image, but if I go ahead and do this, that's gonna make sure that the height increases by two inches up and not two inches down and up, okay? So once I do that and press OK, I've added two inches to the top of my canvas. So if I wanted to fill this area with the rest of those clouds, I would use one of my selection tools, like maybe the Magic Wand, click that area that's empty, and I would use something like the Content Aware Fill to fill that in. Shift F5, Content Aware Fill, it's gonna do some calculations and it's gonna fill that sky area in. This can be great if you've taken a shot, so you've got a shot, imagine a building, you got the top of the building, a city skyline, and one of those buildings is just creeping into the top and now you've got a compartmentalized image that has stuff on the left, stuff on the right, building in between. Well we want air to breathe around that top area. So instead of dumping that file, you can just add some area to it, fill that area in with Content Aware Fill, and now you've got the area replaced. I do have to give you some words of caution here though. When we do this, it might make a seam, and we don't want a seam. If it does make a seam, and you see a seam of transparency underneath there, just go ahead and take a step back, and now we're gonna go up to select, go to modify, and go to expand, and we're expanded by two pixels. So what that does, just that two pixels, is gonna allow Photoshop to see more of the area below it, below that selection, and feather those two areas together. Shift F5, Content Aware Fill, press enter, and we're good to go. And actually what it did there was it made a much better fill, and even if you look at the top of that sky, it even made it look like it's branching out into a perspective, pretty interesting. That added more sky. So that's areas that use Content Aware Fill. What's happening there though, we got repeating patterns, don't we? There's a lot of repeating patterns there that we would not want the viewer to see. If that was the case, we could then come to something like the Clone Stamp Tool, take different areas. Maybe a bigger area from over here, alt or option, click here to make it kind of blend in a little bit better, break up any of those repeating patterns that we would see in the image so that the viewer doesn't really see that we used something to expand the sky.

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Bootcamp Introduction
The Bridge Interface
Setting up Bridge
Overview of Bridge
Practical Application of Bridge
Introduction to Raw Editing
Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
Global Tools Part 1
Global Tools Part 2
Local Tools
Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
Toolbars, Menus and Windows
Setup and Interface
Adobe Libraries
Saving Files
Introduction to Cropping
Cropping for Composition in ACR
Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
Cropping for the Subject in Post
Cropping for Print
Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
Introduction to Layers
Vector & Raster Layers Basics
Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
Organizing and Managing Layers
Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
Screen and Multiply and Overlay
Soft Light Blend Mode
Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
Introduction to Layer Styles
Practical Application: Layer Tools
Introduction to Masks and Brushes
Brush Basics
Custom Brushes
Brush Mask: Vignettes
Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
Mask Groups
Clipping Masks
Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
Practical Applications: Masks
Introduction to Selections
Basic Selection Tools
The Pen Tool
Masks from Selections
Selecting Subjects and Masking
Color Range Mask
Luminosity Masks Basics
Introduction to Cleanup Tools
Adobe Camera Raw
Healing and Spot Healing Brush
The Clone Stamp Tool
The Patch Tool
Content Aware Move Tool
Content Aware Fill
Custom Cleanup Selections
Introduction to Shapes and Text
Text Basics
Shape Basics
Adding Text to Pictures
Custom Water Marks
Introduction to Smart Objects
Smart Object Basics
Smart Objects and Filters
Smart Objects and Image Transformation
Smart Objects and Album Layouts
Smart Objects and Composites
Introduction to Image Transforming
ACR and Lens Correction
Photoshop and Lens Correction
The Warp Tool
Perspective Transformations
Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
Making Your First Action
Modifying Actions After You Record Them
Adding Stops to Actions
Conditional Actions
Actions that Communicate
Introduction to Filters
ACR as a Filter
Helpful Artistic Filters
Helpful Practical Filters
Sharpening with Filters
Rendering Trees
The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
Introduction to Editing Video
Timeline for Video
Cropping Video
Adjustment Layers and Video
Building Lookup Tables
Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
ACR to Edit Video
Animated Gifs
Introduction to Creative Effects
Black, White, and Monochrome
Matte and Cinematic Effects
Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
Glow and Haze
Introduction to Natural Retouching
Brightening Teeth
Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
Advanced Clean Up Techniques
Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
Portrait Workflow Techniques
Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
Landscape Workflow Techniques
Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
Composite Workflow Techniques
Landscape Composite Projects
Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


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