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Create a Content Aware Fill Action

Lesson 107 from: Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

Create a Content Aware Fill Action

Lesson 107 from: Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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Lesson Info

107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Introduction To Adobe Photoshop

04:05
2

Bridge vs. Lightroom

06:39
3

Tour of Photoshop Interface

18:21
4

Overview of Bridge Workspace

07:42
5

Overview of Lightroom Workspace

11:21
6

Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents

08:19
7

How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020

05:10
8

Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders

13:09
9

Developing Raw Images

30:33
10

Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs

09:12
11

How to Save Images

03:37
12

Using the Transform Tool

04:48
13

Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020

06:03
14

Selection Tools

05:55
15

Combining Selection Tools

07:37
16

Using Automated Selection Tools

17:34
17

Quick Mask Mode

05:07
18

Select Menu Essentials

21:28
19

Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

13:00
20

Align Active Layers

07:29
21

Creating a New Layer

06:15
22

Creating a Clipping Mask

03:02
23

Using Effects on Layers

11:24
24

Using Adjustment Layers

16:44
25

Using the Shape Tool

04:39
26

Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool

04:39
27

Masking Multiple Images Together

15:15
28

Using Layer Masks to Remove People

10:50
29

Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky

10:04
30

Adding Texture to Images

09:11
31

Layering to Create Realistic Depth

05:35
32

Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

05:29
33

Optimizing Grayscale with Levels

10:59
34

Adjusting Levels with a Histogram

03:37
35

Understanding Curves

06:18
36

Editing an Image Using Curves

18:41
37

Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment

07:19
38

Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode

07:14
39

Editing with Blending Modes

08:04
40

Color Theory

05:59
41

Curves for Color

16:52
42

Hue and Saturation Adjustments

08:59
43

Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment

13:33
44

Match Colors Using Numbers

16:59
45

Adjusting Skin Tones

05:25
46

Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw

10:52
47

Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush

07:53
48

Retouching with the Clone Stamp

06:51
49

Retouching with the Healing Brush

04:34
50

Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools

13:07
51

Extending an Edge with Content Aware

03:42
52

Clone Between Documents

13:19
53

Crop Tool

10:07
54

Frame Tool

02:59
55

Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools

08:14
56

Paint Brush Tools

13:33
57

History Brush Tool

06:27
58

Eraser and Gradient Tools

03:06
59

Brush Flow and Opacity Settings

04:17
60

Blur and Shape Tools

11:06
61

Dissolve Mode

09:24
62

Multiply Mode

15:29
63

Screen Mode

14:08
64

Hard Light Mode

14:54
65

Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes

11:31
66

Smart Filters

11:32
67

High Pass Filter

13:40
68

Blur Filter

05:59
69

Filter Gallery

07:42
70

Adaptive Wide Angle Filter

04:43
71

Combing Filters and Features

04:45
72

Select and Mask

20:04
73

Manually Select and Mask

08:08
74

Creating a Clean Background

21:19
75

Changing the Background

13:34
76

Smart Object Overview

08:37
77

Nested Smart Objects

09:55
78

Scale and Warp Smart Objects

09:08
79

Replace Contents

06:55
80

Raw Smart Objects

10:20
81

Multiple Instances of a Smart Object

12:59
82

Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects

05:42
83

Panoramas

13:15
84

HDR

11:20
85

Focus Stacking

04:02
86

Time-lapse

11:18
87

Light Painting Composite

08:05
88

Remove Moire Patterns

06:11
89

Remove Similar Objects At Once

09:52
90

Remove Objects Across an Entire Image

05:46
91

Replace a Repeating Pattern

06:50
92

Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel

10:27
93

Remove an Object with a Complex Background

07:49
94

Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes

12:27
95

Warping

11:03
96

Liquify

14:02
97

Puppet Warp

12:52
98

Displacement Map

10:36
99

Polar Coordinates

07:19
100

Organize Your Layers

11:02
101

Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss

02:59
102

Layer Style: Knockout Deep

12:34
103

Blending Options: Blend if

13:18
104

Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image

06:27
105

Layer Comps

08:30
106

Black-Only Shadows

06:07
107

Create a Content Aware Fill Action

08:46
108

Create a Desaturate Edges Action

07:42
109

Create an Antique Color Action

13:52
110

Create a Contour Map Action

10:20
111

Faux Sunset Action

07:20
112

Photo Credit Action

05:54
113

Create Sharable Actions

07:31
114

Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1

10:23
115

Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2

07:57
116

Image Compatibility with Lightroom

03:29
117

Scratch Disk Is Full

06:02
118

Preview Thumbnail

02:10

Lesson Info

Create a Content Aware Fill Action

now we're going to transition into actions in automation is there are some tasks in photo shop that you need to do repetitive Lee. And you either want to speed them up because the laborious multi step process is or you simply don't want to remember all the steps involved because sometimes they're things where you might need to use a sheet of paper to write them down. Why not just have Photoshopped keep track of the steps? So first, I'm gonna try opening an image here. This is a raw file. And in Kameron, I ended up correcting for lens corrections. There is a choice in here under the lens tab called Enable Profile Corrections. If I turned off, you'll see one part of the correction be changed. But this image was shot with a fish eye lens if I remember correctly and this is trying to straighten it in the process of straightening it, we ended up with some empty space that I don't want a crop out. So I'm gonna choose open image and I would like photo shop to fill those areas. Now the feature...

I would usually use to fill those areas is called content aware fill. And the problem is, I would like to fill those areas on an empty layer so that the filled in information is contained on its own layer. And Photoshopped doesn't like doing that. And to get around it, there's a multi step process, and I always I hate going through the process because it could should be such a simple process and it becomes more complicated. So I'm gonna create an action to keep it simple. So to access the actions panel, go to the window menu and choose actions that should get this to show up. You probably don't have as many actions as I do, but that's fine at the bottom. Let's create a new folder. If you click on the folder icon, I'm gonna just call this one ultimate guide actions. I'll click OK, and now we have a place to store our actions. We can organize them amongst the others and then at the bottom of the Actions panel. We have a bunch of icons, and I'm gonna click this one to create a brand new action, and I'm going to call this fill empty areas. I mean, ignore all the other settings that are here. We could add a color, which would literally make it have a color in the actions panel so you could organize. You're so creative actions or red and adjustment actions or blue or something like that. I find I don't need to. Here you could assign a function key, which would be the F keys that might be at the top of your keyboard, which would make it automatically apply this action. I don't need to do that in up here. The words set. That's what they call the folder. So this just means where we going to store it. And it's a list of all these folders. So in general on doing is naming it, and I'm clicking record. When I click record, watch what happens at the bottom of the actions panel. You'll find three icons on the left side of the actions panel that are used when you're recording and playing back actions, and the Round one will end up turning red men that indicates it is currently recording. Now, when you're recording, you have to be very careful at what you do in Photoshop. It's best if you practice ahead of time so that you know you can perform something flawlessly because any extra steps you put in are going to just slow down in action when it gets applied in the future. So you want to be very efficient. But I think I can remember what needs to be done here and so well, we'll see what I'd like to do here is first select the empty parts of this layer, and there's a trick that we've used a few times during the ultimate guide, where we loaded the empty everything except for the empty parts. What we did is we moved our mouths into the layers panel and I ended up holding down the command key, which is controlling windows, and I collect on this thumbnail image. When you do that, it selects all the areas that don't look like a checkerboard, and therefore it selects There is that are not transparent. I'll do that right now. When I do that, you'll find in the Actions panel. It just created a new step, and it's called set selection in Therefore win, this action gets applied. It should be able to create the same kind of selection. Now I want the exact opposite of that because I want the areas that are empty. So go to this select menu and I'll choose inverse to get the opposite. Then if I'm gonna use content aware, fill the selection that I'm using needs to be overlapping the image itself not just contained within that empty area. So I'm gonna go to the select menu, choose, modify and choose expand, and you can expand it. Just one pixel is fine. That simply makes it so. This selection will overlap the image itself by one pixel, Then usually, if I were to apply this to an empty layer, which is actually what I want to do, the content aware fill command will give me an heir message. That's just says there's not enough information on that layer for it to be able to handle things. So what I need to do is get a copy of this layer so that I'm working on Ah, copy in. So there are many different ways I could copy something. I could drag this down to the new layer icon and that would create a copy. Then, at this point, I'm going to go to the edit menu and choose Phil and I'm going to set the contents to content, aware I'll click OK in. That should be able to fill in those empty areas. But if you look at my layers panel, not only do we have those areas that are selected that just got filled in, but we have the rest of the picture and I didn't want the rest of the picture. So I'll go to the select menu and choose Inverse to get the opposite of it. And then I'm just gonna hit the delete key to throw away this middle portion of the image that we don't need. So now in my Layers panel, we have the original picture underneath and above it. We have just those areas that used to be empty that have been filled in all, then go to the select menu in Choose de Select to get rid of my selection. Now that's a process I hate going through every time because it should be that I could just tell it to fill the empty parts, and it should do all that for me. But it can. So in my layers panel, it's still recording. I need to hit the stop button to get it to stop recording, and then I need to test my action. I'm going to revert this image back to its original by going to the file menu and choosing Revert. I'm then going to click on the name of this action, which was called Fill Empty Areas, and I'll hit the play button at the bottom of the actions panel, and it should go through all those steps forming in filling the empty parts. And it seemed to work just fine. Anytime you create an action, you should look out the steps that were recorded to make sure that it's gonna be universally applicable. And the most common thing that happens with creating inaction is that if you ever switch which layer is active, it will usually record the name of the layer within the action. It will say, you know, make whatever the name of this layer is activist one of your steps, and if that's the case, the action will not usually be universally applicable because not every document will have a layer of that name. So let's see if we have anything within this action that looks like it might mess this up when I attempt to apply it to other images here. It says Set selection, Transparency Channel. I don't see the name of a layer within that. So I think that'll work fine. That simply means select the areas that are not empty in whatever layers active. Then we inverse the selection. Then we expanded by one pixel and I don't see the name of a layer in there. So we're fine here, It says. Duplicate current layer. Great. If it said duplicate, and then it's very specific layer name that wouldn't be universally applicable. We then we filled with content, aware looks good. He inverted the selection, hit, delete and then we set the selection and none. It looks to me like all those steps should be workable on any document. I don't see anything that's unique to this particular document, so I think we have a great first action

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Lessons 1 - 6 - Handbook 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Lessons 7 - 12 - Handbook 2: How to Use Camera Raw
Lessons 13 - 18 - Handbook 3: Making Selections
Lessons 19 - 24 - Handbook 4: Using Layers
Lessons 25 - 30 - Handbook 5: Using Layer Masks
Lessons 31 - 38 - Handbook 6: Using Adjustment Layers
Lessons 39 - 44 - Handbook 7: Color Theory
Lessons 45 - 51 - Handbook 8: Retouching Essentials
Lessons 52 - 59 - Handbook 9: Tools Panel
Lessons 60 - 64 - Handbook 10: Layer Blending Modes
Lessons 65 - 70 - Handbook 11: How to Use Filters
Lessons 71 - 74 - Handbook 12: Advanced Masks
Lessons 75 - 81 - Handbook 13: Using Smart Objects
Lessons 82 - 86 - Handbook 14: Photography for Photoshop
Lessons 87 - 93 - Handbook 15: Advanced Photo Retouching
Lessons 94 - 98 - Handbook 16: Warp, Blend, Liquify
Lessons 99 - 105 - Handbook 17: Advanced Layers
Lessons 106 - 112 - Handbook 18: Actions
Lessons 113 - 117 - Handbook 19: Troubleshooting Issues
Practice Images 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Practice Images 2: How to Use Camera Raw
Practice Images 3: Making Selections
Practice Images 4: Using Layers
Practice Images 5: Using Layer Masks
Practice Images 6: Using Adjustment Layers
Practice Images 7: Color Theory
Practice Images 8: Retouching Essentials
Practice Images 9: Tools Panel
Practice Images 10: Layer Blending Modes
Practice Images 11: How to Use Filters
Practice Images 12: Advanced Masks
Practice Images 13: Using Smart Objects
Practice Images 14: Photography for Photoshop
Practice Images 15: Advanced Photo Retouching
Practice Images 16: Warp, Blend, Liquify
Practice Images 17: Advanced Layers
Practice Images 18: Actions
Practice Images 19: Troubleshooting Issues

Ratings and Reviews

Noel Ice
 

I am an avid reader of photoshop books, and an avid watcher of photoshop tutorials. I have attended (internet) several hundred of presentations. In the course of this endeavor, I have found my own favorite photoshop websites and instructors. Creative Live is probably the bargain out there as well as among the top three internet course sites. I have to say with great enthusiasm that the best Photoshop instructor is Ben Willmore. There are many great ones, but truly, he is the best I have come across, and, as indicated above, I have watched literally 100s of tutorials on Photoshop. I have seen all of Ben's courses, I think, and among them, this one is the best by far, and that is saying a lot, because that makes this course the best course on Photoshop to be found anywhere. I am going back and watching it twice. Not only is it comprehensive, but Ben is so familiar with his subject that he is able to explain it like no other. This is crème de la crème of Photoshop classes. I have been wanting to write this review for some time because I have been so thoroughly impressed with everything about this class!

ford smith
 

Highly recommended if you want to take your Photoshop skills to the next level. Ben Willmore is clear, concise, and professional. He also has a good speaking voice that is not distracting but also keeps you engaged. Lastly, I would recommend that as you become more advanced, increasing the speed of the video (one of the options given on the menu)...especially if you've gone through the course once before and maybe want to watch it again. The double speed is very efficient as you become more advanced in Photoshop. Thanks for the help Ben!

a Creativelive Student
 

Wow. I cannot communicate the value of this course!! The true value in this course is how the instructor identifies workflows you'll need before you'll ever realize it, repeats important information without it becoming annoying, and explains the "why" behind the techniques so well that even if you forget the exact method, you can figure it out via the principles learned. Excellent value, excellent material, excellent instructor!!!

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