Content Aware Move Tool


Photoshop: Content-Aware & Cloning


Lesson Info

Content Aware Move Tool

We're in folder number five content aware, maybe we'd get several different images that we're going to use this on, so we'll start with the easy peasy images first and move on to the more difficulty images. So here we go. We've got this fabulous, fabulous photo of this football player catching the football, but if I talk with visibility off in the later that I made free, you will see that the football was it really is close to his hands is meteo oh, the power photoshopped with great power comes great responsibility. I shall not do anything evil without new powers. Hey, so this is going to work really, really well in the continent were moved to ally believe came along in c s five? Yes, jessica five I think I think it was live okay, so non started editing first thing we're going to do to create a new empty layer onto which we're going to do are moving now. I really wish this tool was called content. We're scoot another being a little bit hick ish for adobe, but it would be more descripti...

ve of what you can actually do with a tool, content or escape. Ok, so we're gonna say, and you'll around the water circles at fancy ad agencies and things like that and photographers they call these tools cam c a m continent were moved, so if you ever find yourself in that situation and they say I'll just use the cam tool and you're like there's canto on voter top content where maybe they call content where scale cast we need his casket. Yeah. Ok, so we're gonna call this football scoot. Okay, now, this thing works in similar ways the pash tool, but instead of moving it around to select a new source or sample point where those pixels would come from, this is actually going to scoop the object around. And it is part of what drop in the blenders so there's gonna be a little bit of blending that's gonna happen around the edges so the content were moved tool also lives within the healing tool set so we can use our keyboards shark have shift j toe, activate it, or we can just go grab it from that tulse it ok, so it looks like two arrows crossing each other and heading in different directions just lets you know that you can scoot that adam around in the options bar the content were moved to all has two different modes move is what you'll use most often extend. We're going to use that here in just a little bit you can use that to extend an object, make it longer, wider, taller then it wass not as useful as the move tool, so this know that you've got those two moves adaptation and you you know already that you're going to leave that alone until you're finished and you want to turn on sample all layers that's what it's going to make fun of shot? Look through the currently active anti layer down two layers below where the pixels actually live. So now we come over here and we have to draw a selection so depending upon how difficult that isthe for this one it's super easy just to draw with the continent were moved to all but you can do just like we did a second ago with the patched over, we use the quick selection tool and we find tuned our selection and then we switch to the patch told you to do that same thing with this one. So now we've got a good selection of the item we want to move and we can just click and drag it around it's going to look like you're going to get a duplicate, but as soon as you release the mouse button, then the original one is going to go away so you could do all kinds of mean things, you know, depending upon his person is she missed it completely, it will be nice and well diskette it a little bit closer to his hands there and if you've got a good chunk of free background space around item that you're moving, it will do a good job, but again, don't expect to take something that from the far left of your image and put it far right very few photos are gonna have enough free background area to make that look realistic most often times you're going to scoot stuff around with this tool, not really move it from one side to the other. This one again continent were tool it's going to do a little bit of a different job each time you use it? So we've got a little bit of since we move the football so close to the gloves we have now introduced a disembodied glove under the football itself, probably not what we want so we could do several things here we could create another new layer probably used the spot healing brush to get rid of that extra piece of glove or we could simply press commander control z and just do it again and either you know make sure that we position it not as close to the glove or we could try positioning it close again and it will do a different a little bit of a different job each time that he could get to be really just so incredibly mean with so close is so far away now if we zoom in you'll see that because we didn't move it a little farther. I've got a little bit of a color shift around the football, easily fixable tactic attack a layer mask onto this layer. Okay, so well doesn't do that. I'll add a layer mass by clicking the circle within a square icon at the bottom of the layers panel photoshopped gives us a mask thumbnail, and now we can grab the breast tool set to paint with black, so take a picket the color chips at the bottom of your tools panel and make sure that black is on top. If it's not press x to flip flop in, because in the realm of the layer mask painting with black conceals painting with white reveals so black conceals white reveals. So what we could do is alter the size of our brush with our keyboard shortcuts are bracket keys, and while painting with black, we could simply hide the area that shifting in color so that the rial background, the original background in that area is visible so here's our before and here's our after also fun, tio no, really, but anyway, so let's have another go with that one. Well, billy, all those layers, so about square one, create a new anti layer. Name inappropriately and then either switched to the quick selection tool to create your selection and then switched to continent where move or just have a go with continent where move just depends on if the item you're moving is has edges that are easily enough selected by freehand drawing a selection like this you do want to catch a little bit of the background and then once you have the continent were moved till active and you make sure it's in move mode and the options bar you make sure sample all layers has turned on then you're going to click and hold on your mouse button inside the selected area then you're going to scoot it over release your mouse button so that time it didn't repeat the glove maybe I didn't get quite as close to it now before you get rid of this selection, go ahead and talk through that adaptation in you this particular one because the background is so similar in nature across this whole swath, we're not going to see really any difference on any of them. And if you happen to move it far enough where you do get some kind of a color shift, let me see if we're going to get that on this one I'll be selected as a man yeah, we got a little bit of the color shift here then you can analyze your mask to hide it so we'll add a layer mass by clicking the circle within a square icon at the bottom of the layers panels will switch to the regular brush tool. Take a peek at your color chips make sure that black is on top if it's not either press the little curved arrow that's directly above the color chips or just use your ex key to flip flop them and then painting with black conceals and white reveals and then we can come in here and we can just hide the area right around that football and you can think of layer maskin photo shop as a digital masking tape so all you're doing really is masking pixels you're hiding them just like masking tape except in for the shot you're masking tape is black instead of beige you're blue in the real world so that we can zoom out and take a peek at our before in her after now looks like I've got a teeny tiny spot right there left over from the football so we're going to add another new layer and we're going to call it spot and we could switch to the spot healing rush and use our bracket keys and his pop that little guy out impressive yes content where made so let's take a look at that on another kind of easy one so here's our original image and let's say we need to skip those chairs close together technically on this picture you could use content where scale to get that done we're going to be using that quite a bit later on but let's go ahead and use content where move which you know by now I should really be called content where scoot will seem a little bit create a new anti layer chair move and draw your selection we'll use the quick selection toll on this one may be fine tuning a little bit with a quick masculine it's so that we all get used to doing that so we've got the quick selection tool active we've got sample all layers turned on for that particular tool and now we can come down here and quickly paint a selection of the thing that we want to move being careful to catch a little background but not as much as I just caught okay, so now we can either fix that by putting the tool into subtracts from selection mo by pressing and holding the option chiana matt are also on a pc or we could pop into quick mask mode which is what we're andy now so you get a pretty good selection pop into quick mass mode by pressing q and now we can fine tune it using the brush tool so let's press b to grab the brush tool and because you're going to be like me you're not going to remember what color does what in this mode until you really start using it daily in your workflow, I always just mouse over to the adam and I paint a little bit, and I see that that is doing the opposite of what I want. So I wanna press command z or control the undue impress x to flip flop my color chips when I'm painting with white instead of black. So if you're painting with why that adds to your selection in this mode, it's and did the wrong thing, if you're painting with black, it subtracts from your selection so very quickly we could come through here in fine team that selection that might be a little bit too difficult to draw by hand, but again, if you want to show off his pencil, have at it. Ok, so let's say that selections pretty good press q. I need to find him in a little bit over here, so painting with white might switch to painting with black, not touched that are really, until it goes away there we go, finding that just a touch pop, adequate mass movement pressing q for the advanced photo shop users among you. What we really just did was created a temporary alfa channel. Now we're ready to skate our chair, so we're going to switch to continent were moved tool, since we used another tool to create our selection so reason a keyboard shortcut shift j toe activate the tool but it does live here in your healing tool set give it a click and now we're going tio click and hold out our mouse button inside the selection and we're just going to move it over now I do have a horizon line in my selection here so I would really not want to drag it down ok I'm going to keep that horizon line as level as I possibly can and then when you release your mouth's been photoshopped tries tio remove it from the snow there and it did a pretty good job I could come back in here first let's experiment with the adaptation mean yes see how everything changes a little bit when we try through there do you try and remember to do that? Because boy it might mean the difference between, you know, thirty minutes of fine tuning and none or you know, a couple of minutes I think loose looked a little bit better to me than we can de select and then at another new layer and call it spot jailing switched to the spot hailing brush and come over here and then just fix up those little areas as necessary and for some reason were unable to get rid of that little area but I bet you if we swapped to the clothes stand tool we could get rid of it in short order where is that coming from? You know what it is? I think it's a smudge on my screen like that it's gone on what you're talking about so thank you is eun idea of how you can quickly scoot an object from one place to another k let's look at that again this is actually this particular image is a great usage for this particular tool let's say you're into macro photography and you caught a hummingbird or be or something like this really close up depending upon the background area that's around it you can position it wherever you want so if we wanted to move this be around we certainly could in fact I have the original images why were there so let's? Add another new layer and this one's easy enough just to draw selection with the continent were moved tool so again we're just being careful to catch a little bit of the background there we go make sure the tools and move mode make sure sample all layers turn on and this click and drag it wherever you want it to be when you release your mouse button photo shop is going to do the blending obviously it works so well on this one because you know big old blue sky over there and then do you make sure to trot through your adaptation menu to see which one of those will do a better job so for that one I didn't really even get a color shift because the sky's so uniform in color but again if we had all we had duis add a layer mass to this and come in and just find team the edge of that so that it looks realistic easy peasy now let's try it on something a little bit more difficult now let's try it on something a little bit more difficult thank you photoshopped okay now here's our image that we're gonna create together and here is the original that the snowboard jump wasn't quite high in the air he didn't get much air as we can give him so so many uses for this I mean really filming the uses for this tool ok, you can see in the layers people here that we've done this on two layers we've got one layer that we did the actual moving on we've got a little bit of masking going on to hide some color shift and then we've also got a cloning layer going on ok? So if I turn off the cloning layer we can see that I had to do a little bit of fixing in these areas and then here is the original so we'll go ahead and shift quick to act say those and all delete those new layer onto which we're going to you are moving to call this higher jump he's any selection till you want and then switch to the move till if you'd like but I'm going to go ahead and leave the content were moved well active now for this one because we've got quite a bit of snow spray down here I want to make sure encompass quite a bit of that in my selection sells them out a little bit seem to see the whole photo and I'm just going to start my clicking about up here skin catch a little bit of the background and I'm going to make sure and keep all of that snow spray in there and then I'll try to be out here great now it's too are scooting click and drag within the selection and worse going drag him up but put a shot but it's blending larger the area that you move the longer it's going to take zoom in a little bit now this is where we're going to trot through our adaptation menu to see which one does a better job spending you know everyone small adobe adds a feature command or a tool set that just seems to work like magic and this continent where technology is definitely definitely one of those tools because it's just amazing I mean can you imagine how long it would take this you to do this kind of stuff before we had like any of the healing tools the clothes stamp toll was all we had for many, many years so I mean, you could do things like this, but wow, I mean, it would take you really, really long time ok? So let's say that we like the adaptation of loose let's go ahead and get rid of our selection and let's see what we've got to work with ok, we've got a little bit of the color shift around the arms here easily hide herbal with a layer mask we've got a little bit of repeating mountain ranges here easily to hide with the clone stamp tool. We might even get away with one of the blenders because the snow sprite areas are they're not sharp there a little bit blurry anyway, so one of the one of the blenders would probably work okay, but if you didn't want any blending, then you'd use the clone stamp tool so let's, go ahead and create another new layer and we'll call it clone stand and we'll go grab clothes stamp tool still set to sample all layers it's nice when you change those menus is and you don't change it back you know go up in bursts, eyes a little bit with our brackett keys option or all click to send a sample point, release your mouse button and then just paint across the area that you want to fix and very quickly we can get rid of the little repeating tops of the the mountain ranges here and depending upon what you're fixing, you may get away with, you know fewer, having to set the sample point more times or fewer times, depending upon the image. Now, let's, go fix the little bit of the color shift we got around his arms here, so we're going to add, ah, blair mask to which layer this layer right here, because that's where those pixels live, so we'll click the little circle within a square icon to add a layer mask, press b to grab the brush to we'll take a peek at the tool colored ships at the bottom of your tools. Panel black conceals fight reveals, so make sure black is on top of it isn't a flip flop your color chips with ex key until it does pop on top and then zem really far in, depending on how much time you want to take or how much detail you've got in this area of the image. And just for the purposes of demonstration here, we're going to get kind of fast, but if you're doing it for real, you'd want toe seem really far in and make sure to get close to those edges, and the great thing about, you know, layer masks is that if black conceals and why, it reveals you could just keep one finger on the ex key. Like I've got my left hand on the ex key here, so if I accidentally hide too much, I can't express the ex key so that white is on top, then I can bring that area back so masks are fantastic, very forgiving ways to hide pixels because you can use the eraser tool, but oh my god, what if you must have you know you can't really recover from that, but if you're using a layer mask it's no problem, so when you're scooting things around with the content and were moved, told, just be cognizant of any color shifts around edge of the thing that you moved now there's a little trick for you in layer masking let's say that I couldn't really with my brush I didn't get his closest I could so it looks like my whole mass needs to be contracted this a little bit you can do that with a filter, so while the mask is active in your layers panel, you could try it to the filter menu choose other and choose minimum and that is going to shrink your mask a little bit. We'll see you may not be able to see it on this one because we painted with a soft brush, but if you choose around this from this poppet mini, this was new and cc, then you get the ability to enter decimal point into this field and if you need to tighten a layer mask just a tiny bit then you probably use like a point five and that would just contract your layer mask just enough so that it got a little bit closer to the edges of your selection there we did a full day on selections and we did all kinds of little tricks like that for for masking and such in the deep dive siri's so you can just go to my course page and look for the deep dive on selections which as I hear is on sale so that my friends is a little ditty on how to use the content aware move totals about this a little bit more so here's our before and here's our after nice you know for some questions I am all right so a seventy six from tennessee I would like to know when using the content aware move tool can you rotate the image if you wanted to make it look like it's going in a different way negative good benny but you can't do that with the clone stand tall and we will be doing some of that this afternoon we're going to talk about using the clone instant panel it has some nifty options in there for so cloning is in what rock band the copiers right so soon a straight copy well you can use the clothes stand trial to determine how big that copy is and at what angle? That copy is rotated so we could create additional snow borders that air, different sizes and a different rotation angles he's in the clothes stamp tool. Can you use this tool for swapping out heads? Can you use this tool for swapping out heads? Not well, the clone stamp told would be better there's, a little bit too much blending with this one, and the client stand toll would work better for that. You might be able to get partially way there, but I go for the plant stamped on that one great technique they repeated. Hey, sam, cons would like to know when content are wearing and or cloning on a separate layer. Do you ever find the reason to change the layer properties such as opacity or blend mode or layer styles? You could I would go through that adapt adaptation when you first see how close you can get doing it that way. But maybe there's, you know, some instances where you would need to change the limo properties to try to make it look more realistic. But this appears on the image. Yeah. Yeah, I think so. Bill, is your edited image flowing back in the light room for you, yes, yes, once I say that, yeah. And jimmy virginia, I opened it from light room and defend a shop in gym in virginia has an addendum to that. So if you went from light room to photo shop for the continent, where work he's asking, what format do you need to use to send it to photo shop when finished in photo shop and then send it back to a library? But it's really just you just jump back and forth. Korea, you can jump back and forth, but what you don't want to do for this, any of the techniques that we've been doing today ascended to photo shop as a smart object. Normally, he would do that because the smart obvious puts a protective rapper around it. But these cloning and healing tools will not work on smart objects, so that would be one step you do want to skip over in light room is, don't send it to photo shop is a smart object. Just send it over to photo shop.

Class Description

Ready to take your Photoshop skills to the next level? Join author of the best-selling Photoshop: Missing Manual book series, Lesa Snider, for a full-day immersion into Photoshop’s Content-Aware technology. Lesa will cover everything you need to know about Content-Aware technology, in which Photoshop intelligently analyzes your images for optimum results when resizing, removing, or moving objects around. You'll learn concrete and practical uses for all of these tools including Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Move, and Content-Aware Patch, plus you'll learn how to use alpha channels to get the absolute most out of resizing your images for specific output sizes with Content-Aware Scale. And when these tools don't do a perfect job? That's when the Clone Stamp tool comes in! By the end of this deep dive, you'll have mastered the art of using all these tools non-destructively for maximum flexibility when editing your images.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.1