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CS4 Lasso Tool and Content Aware Fill

Jun 12, 2011 4:08 PM

I saw this performed by Moose Petersen to duplicate

and fill an area to expand an image. He used the Lasso tool to enclose the area (now vacant) that he wanted to fill with the exact contents on the edge of the image.

I have been unable to reconstruct his process.

Can someone offer step by step help to accomplish this? Wish to fill the right side to make size 16x20.

Thanks!

DanHibiscus-Waimea.jpg

 
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Jun 12, 2011 5:44 PM   in reply to danpbphoto

    I doubt that he demonstrated Content Aware Fill with Photoshop CS4, but he might have used Content Aware Scale.

     

    1.  Make the image a layer (not Background).

     

    2.  Increase the canvas size to 16 x 20 ratio, opening new space on the right.

     

    3.  Do a rectangular selection excluding most of the red parts.  You'll have something like this:

     

    CASSelection.jpg

     

    4.  Edit - Content Aware Scale and drag the right edge handle to fill the canvas.  Voila:

     

    CASAfter.jpg

     

    5.  Touch up (e.g., lightly blur) any edges that have become noisy because of the operation.

     

    -Noel

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Jun 13, 2011 6:56 AM   in reply to danpbphoto

    Make sure you have made the image into a layer (double-click the Background in the Layers panel) per step 1, then select the Rectangular Marquee tool from the Tools panel to make that rectangular selection as I showed above:

     

    RectangularMarqueeTool.png

     

    -Noel

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Jun 13, 2011 7:06 AM   in reply to danpbphoto

    You have values in the crop tool options because those values are the last ones you set into the Crop Tool options when you used it last time.

     

    I normally prefer to keep those fields clear, as unexpected resampling can end up happening when you crop.  I prefer to set my Image Size and Canvas Size directly via the Image - Image Size and Image - Canvas Size menus.

     

    danpbphoto wrote:

     

    Also your tutorial inks have disappeared.

     

    I'm not sure what you meant by this.  I'm accessing the Adobe forum via the web interface: http://forums.adobe.com/message/3736162

     

    -Noel

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Jun 13, 2011 7:34 AM   in reply to danpbphoto

    Here, I'll be a bit more specific.  Do things in exactly this order:

     

     

    >1. Make the image a layer (not Background).

     

    To do this, make the LAYERS panel visible, hold down the Alt key, and double-click the Background.  It should become Layer 0.  If it is not the Background to start with, you can skip this step.

     

    LayersPanel.jpg

     

     

     

    >2. Increase the canvas size to 16 x 20 ratio, opening new space on the right.

     

    Image - Image Size, UNcheck Resample Image, and make the image 20 inches tall.  Then Choose Image - Canvas Size, and expand to the right as follows:

     

    ImageSizeDialog.jpg

     

     

    CanvasSize16x20.jpg

     

     

    >3. Do a rectangular selection excluding most of the red parts.

     

    You should have, at this point, an image with some checkerboard showing on the right side.  Choose the Rectangular Marquee tool as I noted above in post 5 and drag it around the area shown in post 1, including a few of the red parts.

     

     

    >4. Edit - Content Aware Scale and drag the right edge handle to fill the canvas.

     

    Click Edit - Content Aware Scale from the menu.  You'll get a set of little square handles all around the portion of the image that you selected.  Grab the one at the right edge and pull to the right, as shown here:

     

    CASDrag.jpg

     

     

    >5. Touch up (e.g., lightly blur) any edges that have become noisy because of the operation.

     

    After the Content Aware Scale operation, I saw that the flower petal edge was a bit rough looking, so I thought it might be a good idea to select the Blur tool and brush over the edge lightly.

     

    -Noel

     
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