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Recomposing Picture Elements with Content-Aware Move and Content-Aware Patch in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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This tutorial provides two examples of how these new Content-Aware additions in Photoshop CS6 can help you to recompose or remove elements in your pictures that are slightly out of place, or that are not as easily removed by other methods.

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Removing Objects with Content-Aware Patch

Removing Objects with Content-Aware Patch

For our second example, we can combine the power of Content-Aware Move with the new Content-Aware mode for the Patch tool, to recompose the photograph. Let’s take a look at the new Patch options (Figure 9).

Figure 9: The new settings in the Options Bar for the Patch tool in Photoshop CS6.

The Patch menu now offers a choice of two modes: Normal and Content-Aware. Content-Aware mode will work in the same way that Content-Aware Fill does, allowing Photoshop to analyze the surrounding textures and replace them more seamlessly than Normal Mode will in many cases. There is also an Adaptation pop-up menu for the Patch tool that serves the same purpose and works in exactly the same way as the Adaptation setting for Content-Aware Move edits.

For this example (Figure 10), we need to both move the seagull away from the boat and remove the bridge segment seen in the lower-right corner.

Figure 10: We need to remove the distracting elements from this picture and “relocate” the seagull.

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