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Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Move tool

by Adam Smith. 22 Mar 2012

New Content Aware Move tool lets you reposition image elements to new locations, aligning and fixing image objects seamlessly

The Content Aware functionality in Photoshop CS5 was a huge hit, with Adobe adhering to its popularity even more in the Photoshop CS6 Beta.

The Photoshop CS6 Beta release has evolved Content Aware functionality even further, with radical enhancements to automated photo editing at a professional standard.

This is noticeable with the new Content Aware Move tool.

This tool makes it easy to reposition image elements to new locations, minimising time-intensive photo retouching techniques – great news for photo edit professionals.

Here’s how you can use it.

Content Aware Move tool

1.Upon opening your interface you may be a bit bemused as to what goes where, but most new options are coupled with similar earlier editions.

To activate the Content Aware Move tool, activate it from the Healing sub-categories, located beneath the Eye Dropper icon in the Toolbar.

Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Move tool

2. The success of the tool’s operation is wholly dependent on your selection of the image element. We always suggest that you make selections using the Pen Path tool.

This enables Bezier curves that are easier to match to your image elements variable shape. Use the Refine Shape options to specify your selection edges further.

Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Move tool

3. Now all that’s left to do is activate the Content Aware Move tool, and drag your selected element to its new position.

CS6 algorithms manage and replace the newly aligned and deleted object seamlessly into the same layer.

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Troubleshooting

As with every Beta, issues may occur and as always we’re at hand to address remedies to your creative conundrums.

Adobe have expressed that the success of the Content Aware Move tool is dependent on the precision of your selection.

However, even with the best selection, sometimes background and foreground visual data clashes during automated processing.

Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Move tool

This doesn’t mean the Content Aware Move tool isn’t operating to its full potential, but just to make sure you can tweak the Adaptation of the tool – from Very Loose to Very Strict.

This determines how well all regions are preserved when moving.

In most cases it’s best to duplicate your selected object into a new layer, reposition in your original with the Content Aware Move tool, then reposition your duplicate over this.

Use Patch, Clone and Content Aware Fill tools to remedy left over image artefacts.

Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Move tool

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