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Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Patch tool

by Adam Smith. 22 Mar 2012

The Content Aware Fill option in Photoshop CS5 opened up a host of possibilities for photo retouchers

The Content Aware Fill option in Photoshop CS5 opened up a host of possibilities for photo retouchers.

However, results weren’t always fool proof, with Photoshop grabbing bits and pieces from the surrounding objects.

Of course this was in most cases remedied with the application of the Heal Brush. But with the CS6 Beta Content Aware Patch tool that’s a lesser eventuality.

The new Content Aware Patch tool allows users to specify which area of the image to sample, dragging your selection on top of a ‘clean’ area, replacing your selection with that area.

It’s easy to apply. Here’s how.

Content Aware Patch

1.To activate the Content Aware Patch simply select the Patch tool from the Healing sub-categories, located beneath the Eye Dropper icon in the Toolbar.

From here, go to the Patch drop option in the menu above, selecting Content-Aware.

Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Patch tool

2. Make a simple selection around the image object, using your Lasso tool. Set your Adaptation option above to Medium, ensuring enough preserved edge detail.

Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Patch tool

3. Now all you need to do is drag your selection to a region that will swap out this object. Try and match up edges as best you can.

You can easily swap to the standard Patch tool in the Patch options to further match edges. But you want have to combat any encroaching surrounding artefacts.

Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Patch toolPhotoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Patch tool

Troubleshooting

Although this brush is named Content Aware Patch, it is dissimilar from the actual Patch tool. This looked to heal and add to images, great for retouching.

However, if you try the same with the Content Aware Patch results are indifferent. Instead this new addition seems more suited to specified photo areas that need cleaning and clearing.

Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Patch tool
Using the Photoshop CS6 Beta Content Aware Patch tool to retouch
Photoshop CS6 Beta new Content Aware Patch tool
Using the Photoshop CS6 Beta standard Patch tool to retouch
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