Content Aware Fill

Content Aware Fill

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use Content Aware Fill in Photoshop



As you repair and retouch images, you'll find that several Photoshop tools are essential to getting the job done. One such powerful tool is Content Aware Fill.

To use Content Aware Fill, you first need to make a selection. Once the selection is made and you choose Content Aware Fill, the selected area is repaired with the contents of the surrounding image.

Keep in mind that the repair may not be perfect, but you are generally in a position to make some minor fixes and call it good.


Step One

Open an image that could use some retouching in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

Using the Lasso tool (L key), make a selection around the area that needs patching.

Step Three

Choose Edit > Fill. In the dialog box, choose Content Aware Fill from the Use: pull-down menu.

Step Four

Press OK and Photoshop samples the surrounding area to perform the repair.

Content Aware Fill Shortcut

The shortcut to open the Content Aware Fill dialog box in Step Three is Shift/Delete (PC - Shift/Backspace).

Content Aware Fill with the Patch Tool

In addition to making a selection with the Lasso tool, you can also apply Content Aware Fill with the Patch tool. To use this feature, select the Patch tool and make a selection. Choose Content Aware Fill in the tool options, then drag from the center of the selection to the source area for the new fill.


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