How to use Content Aware Move in Photoshop
Hi there, this video is all about content aware. Move you make a selection, you drag it around, you can resize it and reshape it and hit return. It removes the original. And my little friend here is blended nicely. It almost works that easily. Let me show you my tips and tricks to get the most out of content aware. Move alright to get started. Let's go to oh five cropping aligning distorting. So that's the folder and open up these two images. Content aware. Move one and to thank you flores and but but we're going with but what it's good for is making selections, moving it around, deciding what kind of size it is and what angle it is. Okay your turn and it tries to blend it. The good thing about it is that it removes where it was. So in this example here I'm showing off so it's like the patch to accept if I do this one here, I move it, I get to rotate it. I get to make it look like there's more than these birds. So hit return and it gets a bit better or even better. I want to remove the...
dotted lines. I don't want to get rid of them. I just want to hide them. So remember command H on my keyboard or control H on a pc. They're still there but it means see this structure and color. I can actually adjust these afterwards. So if they don't match or look nice, can you see it's kind of moving it around a little bit. So structure is kind of like how much it moved. I think about it as the kind of moving of the contrast areas like you do a selection often the problem is or the issue is the color and how it blends. So you can kind of work your way through after you've moved and rotated it to try and get it to blend. This one works perfectly nice because I picked an example that has a very similar sky command H Turn my little selection back on the select if you leave that off forever and a day you'll be trying to select things and nothing will be appearing if you're transforms not appearing, turn it on there and it's still broken. It's probably because it's on extend so go back to move. Alright let's do one more and we'll just show you that you can use any selection tool. I'm just using the rectangle marquee tool. Now go to my content aware move, move it over here, rotated around, scale it down. Doesn't even need and hit return. It's moved it there. Perfect. I'm gonna hit command H to get rid of this selection around it and I don't need to do any adjustments here for this structure and color. All right back on command H. Command D to deselect or control D. The one thing we should do though to go a little bit more pro is when you are grabbing this before you actually do it. I'm going to select. I'm going to make a new layer, there's an option that says sample all layers. Lots of the features allow us to do that where I can go. You move them over here, rotate them, select them turn. I don't need to adjust these because it blends in nicely. But he's on his own layer. There he is. Hello, handsome man. Alright, I don't want to leave you half cocked running around going ah content aware move works perfect. I find it works some of the time I'm going to guess a number like it works as good as that like 30%, maybe 20% of the time often. I'm hating on content aware move. But the nice thing about it is it's really quick and easy to test. Okay, so all you do is do a selection around it and just see if it works rotating, selecting in enter. He said he did a bad job now I can play around with structure and color. I think structure is the kind of mask that goes around the outside. That's a better way of explaining it then. And color is the blending modes. Okay, so you can fit around with us and get it like I find I struggle a lot with it. Hey, got it and if I had the select now you'll see that it's okay, you can see there's some weird stuff going on. So what would I do if I had to do this and Content aware move is not working so it's not a good way to get it to work if it doesn't work and you can't use those adjustments. We're kind of stuck. What I have to do in this particular situation. Probably the easiest thing is to actually unless lazy marquee tool just copy and paste it, it's on its own layer and just move it around, rotate it, scale it and then a blending mode and in this case which one's gonna work darken. You can still see the edges there. Okay, but remember our shortcut to be on the move tool, hold shift down and then tap the plus key. Just kind of work your way through until you're like dark in color. This is kind of a red glow around it, which I can fix. Is there any better ones? Darker color is the one. And to get rid of that red glow, I'm just going to go to adjustments, gonna go to hue and saturation. I could just make it black and white but I want the blue that's left in the bird. So I'm gonna say reds, I want you to be de saturated but only that layer please. Is it quicker longer it works and that's the way I do it. We've done this before so I'm going to go fast and I'll show you another way that I would do it if that didn't work or it wasn't black and white. My background layer, I want you, my friend copy and paste timmy's on its own layer. I'm going to transform him and flip him Now I want to do a selection. I'm just going to do a channel mask to turn these other layers off to make my channel mask a little less complicated. I was doing it on this guy. This has nothing to do with content aware move now, but you'll find times where content aware move is close to working but it just doesn't give you the results. You're gonna have to go out and do something like this. So instead of a channel mask while we're in here we'll do a quick selection mask or give it a go. I know it works because I've tested. Okay, so I've got the basics in here. I'm going to add a layer mask with the mask selected and I go to select the mask. I'm going to look at it against black and then probably bump at the radius and then maybe shift the edges of it, click Ok, anything else back on? Right, click this disabled mask. There's a bit of fullness that I lost because I was going a little bit too fast with the quick selection tool or at least the selected masks. So the radius didn't give me what I needed and undo that. Do it again. Be less lazy. Same thing. Let's go decontaminate colors, smooth it out a little bit as well. It's quick. Okay. That's a lot better if that doesn't work for you. My next step would be the long version. You can kind of see how I start with like content aware move. It's the quickest. That's easy removes where it was originally and places it in a new spot and you've got some adjustment. So that's the easiest. That doesn't work. The blending mode worked nicely, but we had to kind of adjust it with our human saturation. Then the third option was a little bit longer. Again, he just started the easiest one and work your way along into the last one. Is the going to delete this mask. I'm gonna just move this fellow over here, grab this original guy, delete the mask and do a channel mask. So just that later on actually the shortcut down, Come on. Do you remember what it was? You don't hold down the option key on a Mac or the old key on a pc. You just click on one of the layers, click it again, holding that same shortcut turns them all off except the one you've got selected. So channel masks. So have a look, you can see here we didn't do this during channel masks, but I do it all the time. See the shortcuts, it'll be controlled 345 on a pc but on a Mac. So I'm just going 345 on my keyboard and I'm just looking at which has the most contrast and it's clear the red does so I'm going to duplicate this channel, I'm gonna grab my levels by hitting command l you can go to image adjustments. Don't use the ones in here when you're doing a channel mask and I'm just going to crank up the whites, Do something with these. It's looking good. Remember our cool little trick where we use the brush tool and we set it to overlay. We can just kind of paint all that stuff out and get quite close to the edge without wrecking it. There was no need to go in that close but you get the idea so it's a longer method. Another trick is instead of clicking this to load the selection, you can just holding down the command key and click on the thumbnail. That's a control key on a Pc. So I've got my selection, that little guy there is useless now I've just used him to get the selection. I've turned RGb back on layers at the moment. It's inverted. I got the opposite selected to undo invert the selection under select invert. Okay that was the long way but it gives me a more kind of realistic. These guys have a kind of a jagged edge so you can't judge my jagged edge here. I feel like the original. Where is he? He had a jagged edge too. There he is, there, he has feathers, It's not my selection. Alright, so content aware move works. I don't love it. Like I love you. Content aware scale but it can work and if it doesn't. We tried the layer mode trick then we tried the quick selection with some selected mask action and then we went to our big guns. Channel masks. If any of those things are a bit quick for you or you haven't watched the previous tutorials, all of those things are explained in the select and mask section. Go check those out. But for now let's move on.