Content-Aware Patch – Photoshop CS6 Beta

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Beginner

Finally, Content-Aware has been brought to the Patch Tool in Photoshop CS6! Check out why it’s such a big deal!

With Content-Aware Fill, while the results were quite remarkable, in some cases, it just wouldn’t work. With Content-Aware now available within the Patch Tool, you now get to tell Photoshop exactly where you want the sampling to occur.

In Photoshop CS4, Adobe introduced Content-Aware Scale, a new technology that mysteriously allowed you to scale your image without distorting the main subjects. In Photoshop CS5, Adobe kicked it up a notch with Content-Aware Fill. This new feature gave users the ability to remove objects from their images, allowing Photoshop to fill in the selected area with what should have been there instead.

While these features worked quite well in many circumstances, they weren’t perfect. When working with selections that were in close proximity to other objects, Content-Aware Fill tended to grab bits and pieces of the surrounding objects, as seen below.

Now, in Photoshop CS6, the Patch Tool now has a Content-Aware option on the Options Bar.

This allows you to tell Photoshop which area of the image to sample. Just like the Patch Tool in previous versions, dragging your selection on top of a ‘clean’ area will tell Photoshop to replace your selection with that area. In this case, the clear sky to the left of the castle. This will avoid any unnecessary sampling.

 To see the new Content-Aware Patch tool in action, check out the video at the top of this post!

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