Content Aware Extend Mode in Photoshop
There's also another part of the content aware move tool, which a lot of people miss because it's called content were moved toe. But there's one other thing that does. It's actually pretty cool. And that's where you have a situation like this where I've got a photograph of a brick wall. But I want to use it as a background to something, but need to be this big instead of this big toe ad mawr brick wall. Extend the brick wall so hard to do that in Photoshop, everything sits on a canvas, right? So this is my campuses that my campuses this size And if I go look at it, it will tell me my canvas size is 4280 pixels wide. So in order to add more brick, I need a bigger canvas. So no matter what tool your using, you still need to give it more room to go. So it's not gonna magically add something. You have to step. One is always well, I need more canvas, so I want the canvas to be added to do one more thing. I want to just get rid of this little lock. Similar cause I wanted to be on transparent...
background. This, by the way, is an interesting side note in previous versions of Photoshopped. If your background always locked, you had to option double click on it or drag this all the way to the trash, which I always thought was the worst shortcut in the world. Because if you have a long monitors like I'm almost there so and it just one day it's sort of they sort of set up. By the way. Now you can just click on the padlock and unlocks. I'm like, Well, that's easier. So anyway, one way another. And the reason is because when I add new canvas this way, it'll be transparent instead of a color. So now, if I go back to the canvas size for some reason, I like to work in pixels. I don't know why, but doesn't matter. So it's showing me the whip, and this is where you have to make a decision. I want to decide. I want the campus on either the left or the right side to be extended. The way you do that is you anchor the opposite sides. If I want more campus on the right. I click on this little gizmo, which I'm sure has in a real name other than gizmo. But I'm anchoring the left side to say whatever number I type in at it. Only to the right. And the reason I'm doing that is I don't want to extend both ends. I want to extend one. If I want extend both ends, I could I just click right in the middle here. That's what this little thing is doing. If you want to add more to the bottom, you anchored the top, etcetera. So I'm gonna add another five. Sorry. 1000 pixels or so? So now if I want to make it even bigger, just toe, really see what we got here. Let's go. Something like that side. Okay. All right. Now, So I want to have mawr brick wall over here. So option one would be to use free transform and just stretch the edge, which looks really realistic, because now you have bricks that are this wide instead of this white. So I did that. Let me say, Don't do that, because it's gonna look unless you're okay with really stretchy brick. Yeah. It's a special kind of Italian brick that's foreign for just wider than normal. So that's not gonna work. What I'm gonna do instead is I'm gonna add a new layer, because again, I wanna have the ability to change my mind. And I'm going to go back to that content aware move tool. And I wish I had a different name because I A lot of people missed this because it has the name, content aware move, whereas one of the options is extend. So I don't know what else could be called, but the content aware awesome tool because it does both moving and extending. Okay, let's put that request in Adobe, see how that goes. Then you make a selection, and I have no idea of this makes any difference at all because I've tried both ways. I think it does, but it probably really technically destroyed. Some Adobe bank doesn't make any difference. I like to go like this. So I'm not just making a marquee selection. I'm making an interesting border thinking that might help blend things and probably makes no difference at all. But it makes you happier to make a little line like this instead of a straight line, extend sample all layers and then you drag it over. Say, I want this much here and you let go, and then it does some recalculations. Now watch this edge right here where I moved it because you'll see in a second when it finches updating any time now, see how it did a little more blending. So remember how much I made a selection. If I hide this layer, you can see it took way more. So when it does this extend, it doesn't just try to go right up against the existing one. It keeps going until it sees they call them a seem. That kind of makes sense to blend in. So again, I have no idea how it works. But it usually does a much better job than almost any other alternative, because what we used to do in the old days would be selected chunk of bricks moving over flip, um, and try and somehow match him up. This most of the time, pretty much does the job you want. Is it always perfect? No, but often it's again very, very close with something that I deliberately chose brick wall, cause it's a challenge to get something that's gonna look really effective. And you can see in this area here, I'm seeing a little bit of fogginess. So what I would do in a case like this is find another brick over here, select it, copy it, and just move it over. Because sometimes there's a point where all the patching and healing in the world isn't gonna work. You're gonna have to manually say, while that brick is suddenly way too long going to copy part of this or maybe even clone. So, for example, right in here, that brick just to me seems too long. There should be another piece of grout in there, so we'll take the clone stamp tool sample all layers, brushes a little bit too big. And we'll just say, How about this one right here? We'll take this one and then put it right in there. So now a little tiny break in a bigger break. So again, I wouldn't want anyone to walk away thinking, while the content aware is always perfect because it's not, but it's usually pretty darn good. And when you again, compared to any other alternative of saying well spent a lot of time copying and pasting or cloning, you know that often is too much work. So content aware, move tool. Actually, even though the name says move, it does have a dual purpose. Where also extends for any situation I've seen examples people dumb where they were wanted. Toe. Make the edge of a building a little bit further over or something, and there's lots of occasions where I would summarizes weight. It's always worth trying because even times where you say while that failed miserably, it still took 15 seconds to discover it failed miserably, as opposed to you having toe spent an hour trying something gold. I didn't work. I mean, the reality is they will be often times where the only answer is manual effort. People ask me all the time Is there a quicker way to do something? And sometimes the answer is yes. The answer. No, not really. I mean, to get it to look realistic. Sometimes it's do as much as you can automatically and then have the rest be done manually by adding a few bricks here and there or something of that nature. It is kind of funny. I have seen almost a theme going on this week about exactly what you're just talking about, how there are a lot of tools that will get you really close to things really easily. But if you want to do them perfectly, manual is really and that's the thing I think we got. We get spoiled by things like content aware. Fill that when it does work great, you're almost disappointed when it doesn't, but it's It's almost like, you know, people complaining that their phone is full because only 2000 photos on it. You know, some of us remember days where we didn't have a phone in our pocket. There was one in the table in our house and it didn't take photos. So one of those things where you start to complain about things that are really you know, I had this conversation some the other day that my Children have been raised have always had computers. In a certain point, my son was saying something about this computer is so slow. I'm like, but it's a computer