The Main Reason I Upgraded to CS5
Written by: Tiffany Joyce
I am not alone in choosing to upgrade to Photoshop CS5 for, primarily, one reason: Content-Aware Fill.
Adobe pimps this new feature, stating: “Remove unwanted image elements with astonishing ease, and see the space fill in as if that content never existed.” In his book, The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers (which I will be reviewing here soon), Scott Kelby states, “…as amazing as it is, it’s incredibly simple to use, so don’t let the fact that it only took four pages in the book to cover perhaps the most famous feature in all of CS5 throw you off.”
Adobe’s claims are NOT just hype, and Kelby’s description is spot-on. It seems, for such a fascinating capability, that it should be complicated to use. It most certainly is NOT complicated. It is as simple as selecting the area you want to remove, and pressing the Delete key.
That’s it. I’m not kidding.
Take this photo of a practice run that I shot during our attendance of the Indianapolis MotoGP race this past August. It’s a great shot, the rider is tack sharp up to Actual Pixels magnification, and the background is blurred just enough to suggest motion. But, there’s this pipe smack in the middle of the shot that is very distracting.
With the photo open in CS5, I selected the pipe using the lasso selection tool:
Then I simply pressed the Delete key. When the Fill menu came up, I kept the default settings and clicked on OK.
The pipe was removed, and the background was intuitively filled in as if the pipe was never there. I didn’t touch up the photo any further than the steps I just showed you.
Is that not the coolest thing ever? The post-processing possibilities are endless. No more tourists in my vacation photos! Aberrations are a thing of the past! I can even cut MYSELF out of pictures (as much as I love to be behind the camera, I’m pretty loathe to be in front of it). The Content-Aware Fill feature is fantastic and, in my opinion, worth the cost of the upgrade.
Photo credits (all): Tiffany Joyce
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