Adobe CS5 Snapshots

If you didn’t know what to look for you might never find it.

When you select Image / Fill in Photoshop CS5 this innocuous little window appears…

Looks harmless doesn’t it? But note that the default setting includes two magic words:  Content-Aware. Say them aloud and unleash the powers within Photoshop.

Content-Aware Fill  will spare you countless hours of cloning when removing annoying details in a photo. For example, let’s say you have a nice landscape shot that’s marred by intruding power lines. In the past, you’d roll up your sleeves and reach for the rubber stamp tool. Not anymore. Now you simply make a rough selection around the distracting detail and choose Content-Aware Fill. A few seconds later the eyesore is gone and the background miraculously replaced, i.e. filled in.

In the photo at the top of this post I removed the annoying street lamp that stood dead center in the picture.  Just one press of the OK button and I was done. It should be pointed out that the command doesn’t always produce perfect results, and sometimes you’ll have to resort to a few touch-ups. That said, with certain images it’s miraculously accurate. In the photo below I made two quick selections and instantly removed the sign from the roof and the lettering from the awning. (Click on images for a larger view.)

“Look, Ma, no cloning!”

Like Photoshop’s Content-Aware Scaling which appeared in CS4, this new tool is a born crowd-pleaser. It’s but one of many reasons to upgrade to CS5.

I’ll talk about other new features in future posts.

You’ll find more information here.