Using content-aware fill in Adobe Photoshop to fix bad compositions


posted Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 6:30 AM EDT


Ideally, when you are out in the field, you compose images just the right way while shooting. Unfortunately, photography doesn't always go according to plan and sometimes you return home with images you wish were a bit different. In some cases, simple cropping can fix the issue. However, sometimes you need space to make a composition work that exists outside of the image. What can you do then? This is where content-aware fill in Adobe Photoshop can come in very handy and save your shots.

In the video below, Blake Rudis of f64 Academy shows how to access the content-aware fill tool in Photoshop and how to best use it for natural-looking results. Content-aware fill works by analyzing your image, figuring out what is present and then as you expand the crop outside of the actual image area, Photoshop automatically fills in the blank space with what it believes would be there had you captured the additional area. The results won't always be perfect, but it's a very useful tool in many situations and can allow you to make quick, but sometimes substantial, improvements to your images in Photoshop.

(Via f64 Academy