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Using the New Content-Aware Move and Interactive Blur in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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This excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a Book shows you how to use the new Content-Aware Move tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6 to add a few more posts to the beach photo project, so that they echo the deck rails, creating a smoother rhythm for the composition.

Note: This excerpt is from the forthcoming book Adobe Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a Book, ISBN 9780321827333.

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Extending objects with the Content-Aware Move tool

You’ll use the new Content-Aware Move tool to add a few more posts to the beach, so that they echo the deck rails, creating a smoother rhythm for the composition.

  1. Select the Content Aware Move tool (), which is hidden beneath the Red Eye Removal tool ().
  2. In the options bar, choose Extend from the Mode menu and Strict from the Adaptation menu.
  3. Draw a marquee around the two pier posts on the end of the row, including some of the sand where their shadows fall.
  4. Drag the selection slightly down and to the right of the original posts to continue the row.

When you release the mouse, Photoshop adds two new posts and blends them in with the scene neatly.

  1. Choose Select > Deselect.

Adding interactive blur

Photoshop CS6 introduces interactive blurs, which let you customize the blur as you preview it on your image. You’ll apply an iris blur to add a vignette around the glass.

  1. Choose Filter > Blur > Iris Blur.

A blur ellipse is centered on your image. You can adjust the location and scope of the blur by moving the center pin, feather handles, and ellipse handles. Photoshop also opens the Blur Tools and Blur Effects panels.

  1. Drag the center pin so that it’s on the right side of the wine glass.
  2. Click the ellipse and drag to enlarge the scope of the blur.
  3. Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) as you click and drag the feather handles to match those in the diagram below.
  4. Figure 2 A. Center PinB. EllipseC. Feather handleD. Focus Ring

  5. Click and drag next to the focus ring to reduce the amount of blur to 6 px, creating a gradual but noticeable blur. You can also change the amount of blur by moving the Blur slider in the Iris Blur area of the Blur Tools panel.
  6. Click OK in the options bar to apply the blur.

The image looks great. You’re almost done. You’ll just add a Vibrance adjustment layer to give the image a little extra punch.

  1. Click the Vibrance button in the Adjustments panel.
  2. Move the Vibrance slider to +33, and then move the Saturation slider to -5.

The Vibrance adjustment layer affects all the layers beneath it.

  1. Choose File > Save As. Name the file Glass_Final.psd, and save it in the Lesson05 folder. Click OK if a compatibility warning appears. Then close the file.

You’ve enhanced five images, using different techniques to adjust lighting and tone, remove red eye, correct lens distortion, add depth of field, and more. You can use these techniques separately or together on your own images.

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