How to use Content Aware Extend in Adobe Photoshop
Hi there. This video is all about content aware, extend. It's brilliant for things like this where I just need more grass but it needs to be kind of random. I don't want to see any repeating patterns or spend ages kind of masking or clone tool stamping this one here. I need more grass magic, more grass. The blend is pretty seamless removed. Any kind of repeating patterns. Thank you Photoshop and thank you content aware, extend. Let's jump in and learn the ins and outs. Alright from your 05 cropping and aligning folder. Open up content aware, extend 1, 2 and three. Let's start with the first one to content aware extent has has two uses. Okay, so it's hidden under the spot healing brush, grab the content aware, move tools. Weird. It's kind of tied in with the move tool. Okay. And at the top here by default it's set to move. Let's switch it to extend now to use it like a pro. You need to have a layer and then say this one, sample all layers because then it's going to pick them up and put ...
them on their own layer. So let's have transport on drop selected as well. So the first way of using it is basically just like a move tool like we saw in the previous video so we drag it here we get it to the position we want. We can rotate it around. We can scale it in the difference is when I hit return that's the original guy, he just doesn't disappear. So we use it the same way we do use the move tool. But in this case we just don't want to delete the birds. We want to leave that guy there. But we want another version of him down here. Return. He stays. This guy stays. The other nice thing is that I get to play around with structure and color right now. Okay. I don't need to know because it's come out nicely. I'll zoom in a little bit. Even you can adjust this depending how good or bad you can see him moving a little bit there. Your selection was. So that's one way of using them. Let's look at another way And it really lends itself to this kind of not repeating pattern, but this really flat perspective. It doesn't have to be experiment with it. But where I found it the most useful is in situations like this. So let's say that I've got a leaderboard banner ad to make, which is the really long skinny banner ad and I need this grass to go all the way along. This is where extend is super useful. So what am I going to do first of all, I'm going to extend the background. I'm gonna grab the crop tool and just kind of randomly pick a leader board size and now I'm going to make a selection using my rectangle marquee tool. I just tapped em on the keyboard so I'm going to, I'm going to grab it all can overlap it, it's fine. So once you've got your selection, go to the content aware move to make sure it's set to extend. Don't worry about the structure and color at the moment we can adjust it. What we need to do is make sure there's another layer. Remember we're professionals, sample all layers are selected and we're going to click hold and drag it this way I'm holding, shift it kind of slides perfectly to the right now. What I want to do is I don't want to kind of just join it up there. I want a bit of an overlap. The more overlap the better. Just some sort of overlap when you let go. What I want you to do is actually just going to zoom in. So I've got that transform going. So what I want you to do before I hit return, I want you to watch this side and this side. And the difference between using this and lots of other tools is that it's actually going to reach back to the original and try and blend it all the way across? So watch some of these tall grass pits change return, kick back. Watch, watch, watch, I'm still watching, did you see that? Going to de select and can you see it not only did the selection that I had actually reached back over here and try to do some adjustments now it wasn't very exciting. So I'm gonna go back do it again, make sure it overlaps, the chunk hit return and I'm gonna play around with this because like the move tool, the extent tool, we can actually make adjustments. We can say actually want to play around with this structure and watch this side here, watching, watching, watching it's freaking out a little bit. It's a big enough document. Can you see it went back to this side, made a different adjustments. Same with colors, I can go this side and say I want to be higher or lower. You're just trying to find this nice balance. Wait for it. The select there's a little bit of grass. I probably wouldn't even worry about it. You should probably fix that bit of grass up but it's an amazing way of extending things out and getting them to blend nicely. Another pro trick is if I go under again, got the selection. Okay and what I want to do is use content aware, move, extend, everything's the same except when I drag it across, I've got that transform on drop. Okay so that checkbox is still selected what I can do instead of just leaving it like this, I can right click and say actually flip it horizontally please, so that at least the repetition is not going to be as bad heading to keep an eye out on the join. Keep an eye. Keep an eye wow, you did a big joint. I went way back over here and started rejecting it so structure here, turn it up. Watch it do it again. So that's the cool thing about this tool, you can get it and if it's wrong you can slide these up and down, playing with both color and structure will give you different results. Alright de select. I'm happy with it and it's not a convincing job. Alright, last option. Let's go to content aware, extend three. So we want we want this to be we needed to be portrait, we can flip it over. It would be too easy. I just want more grass up here though. I'm gonna grow my crop tool which is C on my keyboard. I'm gonna make this bigger return. So in the previous tutorials we use content west scale, right? So continue with scale and it's going to not work right? Not particularly believable but if I make a selection of this, I could use my rectangle marquee tool or if we hold down the command key and click on this layer, you see it put a selection right around it. Let's grab our content aware move, make sure it's set to extend to be fancy on its own layer, sample or layers transform on drop and I'm going to extend this up, make sure there's a bit of overlap again. I'm going to right click it so it's not. Can you see there's some areas here that are symmetrical so I'm gonna flip vertical this time and let's flip horizontal. I could have rotated it actually. I should rotate it. There you go. Now they're offset. But for me the darkened on that side is not quite working. So I'll show you another trick but we get there, we zoom in because we want to see the blend happen. I'm not sure why it's so important for me to see that. You know what it is? Here wait wait wait, wait, wait for the join, it will reach both sides. That's what freaks me out about Photoshop. Super clever. Again, I'm happy with that. You could adjust the structure and the color. What I'm going to do is de select and be very happy. Now what I do is I go through and try and find any kind of repeating patterns. See this one here he repeats. I feel like that's an obvious giveaway, obvious dish. So what tool would I use? Probably just a patch tool. Said the source. I'm going to be on the right layer and I'm going to grab this guy, drag it over here and let go the select. You can see. Go on. Let's work our way around and I feel like that is another problem spot. Very vague selections. De select. Thank you, Photoshop You are super helpful. Alright. I'm out and that is content aware extent before you rush off though. Just so you know I found it works perfect on these flat plains. This kind of stuff where that side is almost the same as the other side. Same with this one here. That side is almost the same as that side. Well, very similar in texture and tone. Does a brilliant job kind of randomizing things, gives you a bit of control of that randomization and we can tweak it a little bit using the patch tool. Alright, friends go forth. Sorry, continue to wear move content aware extend is my favorite enough of that. Let's get on to the next video.