Jul
25

How to use Content Aware Fill in Photoshop

by
Matt Bennett

We show you how to use this amazing feature in Photoshop CS5 and later.

Before
Before
After
After

The Content-Aware Fill was brand new in Photoshop CS5. It allows you to remove areas within your image without any noticeable flaws.

The tool can be used as a fill or combined with the Spot Healing Brush and uses pixels from the surrounding areas to fill the unwanted objects or space. Occasionally bad pixels from these areas are sampled, but you can simply select them with the Lasso tool and fill again to erase.

Here’s a quick guide to putting it into practice.

Step 1 – Create a selection t0 fill

Step 1 - Create a selection to fill
Step 1 - Create a selection to fill

Open up an image which is need of tidying up and select the Lasso tool from the sidebar. In this example we are using we will remove the fence in the foreground. Using the Lasso tool, draw around a few of the fence posts.

Step 2 – See your selection filled

Step 2 - See your selection filled
Step 2 - See your selection filled

With your selection active go to Edit>Fill (Shift+F5) and select Content-Aware from the drop-down menu. Hit OK and watch the fence disappear. Don’t worry if a few bad pixels with some fence colour have appeared, as this can be fixed.

Step 3 – Flawless finishing

Step 3 - Flawless finishing
Step 3 - Flawless finishing

Now simply redraw around the bad areas with the Lasso tool and fill again with the Content-Aware feature. Keep using this process until all the bad pixels are removed and you are happy with the final effect that’s achieved.

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