Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


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Content Aware Move Tool

The Content-Aware Move tool is really one of those things, I call it a one-trick pony, and I call it kind of cute because it does take an area and it will grab whatever you've selected, move it to another area, take the area that you moved it to, and replace that other area with that area. So, we're taking selection A, moving it over to area B, area B moves to selection A, selection A moves to area B. Okay, I know, wrap your head around it, it's tough. So, I have that set right here, within the patch tool, there's the Content-Aware Move tool. If I click the Content-Aware Move tool, I'm going to get a couple different options here. The mode is gonna be set to Move, Extend is a little different, we'll show Extend in a little bit here too. Structure and Color, these can change on the fly as you make this selection. So I'm going to make this selection of the American flag here. And I'm going to move this down to here. Right on top of this area here. Again, it wants to snap to something, so...

if I press Control, it allows me to do it without it snapping. If I click that area, and I commit to that, it's gonna move the American flag from this area down to this area, and also fill in the area around it. With that selection still selected, I can change the structure of how it's making that selection. The Structure is how it builds the area that it's moving one area to to the other area. When the Structure is set to seven, it is literally taking that flag and that area around it, and moving it directly down to there, keeping it somewhat intact. 'Cause if we move it down to one, it's all discombobulated. Move it up to seven, it's a literal structure from what we're taking there. If we move something like color, and move the color up, that will affect what colors kind of manipulate around that area as well. The colors are very much alike here, as we're moving this over, so it's very similar in nature. If the colors were a little bit off, before you deselect this, these are the times that you want to consider doing this. The Structure and the Color, 'cause as soon as I deselect this, I can't go back. So if I go ahead and press control-d on this to deselect it. It did an alright job of blending that in, but using that in conjunction with things like the Clone Stamp tool, and using things like the Patch tool, I can then patch this area in, so you can see it's not quite connected here. I could use something like the Clone Stamp tool, alt-r option, click here, with a smaller brush, and just patch that in with the Clone Stamp tool, and then go back up here, to this area where the flag came from, alt-r option, paint in that area there, and it starts to disappear. If I wanted to get real nit-picky, I could go in and get that area too. Now the difference between, and if we look around it, we still have some area around it that's not quite built correctly, that's because the Structure was very literal. If the Structure was lower, it would help patch that area around it, and try to make it blend a little bit better. But with something like this, it bent and warped and manipulated the pole of the flag, and that's not what we want. So if we were to go in with the Clone Stamp tool here, we could then clean up this cloud area by pressing alt-r option, clicking around and just cleaning up any areas that would be, have that edge around it. 'Cause edges, repeated patterns, people will pick up on them in a heartbeat, and know that you cheated. So now if we were to click on the Content-Aware Move tool, there's another thing in here called Extend, and Extend is if I were to grab around this area here, and move it up, see how the pole starts to move up? Now we can make the American flag back up to the top of the building, control-click and then boom. Control-d, we extended the flag. There it was before, and now after. We just moved it up a little bit more. Might have to do a little bit more cloning to clean that up, but that's one option. That's the Content-Aware Move tool. This tool, where would we literally use it, would I use it to move that American flag from the top to the bottom, not necessarily, but it's a great image, example image, to show that on. I actually like the way it was on here at the top. But where this can be helpful, is let's say there's a window on a building, and it's a little too close to a door, and you wanna move that window to another side of that building, just highlight around that building, and then move it over. And again, this is a tool that uses selections, so at any time we could come in and we can make, even a rectangular selection around here, and then go back to that tool and move it over. So it's a selection based tool, so if you don't want to use that free-form Lasso, 'cause it can be kind of hard to make a selection, you can use a polygon Lasso, anything that is a free-form type of selection.

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Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

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Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018


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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