As many of you know I love doing panoramic pictures.  Whether I’m trying to capture a really beautiful landscape or doing a class picture, panos are fun and easy to do.  And Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements make it so much easier with the PhotoMerge feature – it basically does all the hard work of assembling and correcting the panoramic for you.

One of the facts of life you  have to live with though is this:

finished-pano-before-content-aware-fill

Unless you have the camera absolutely level (and on a tripod) the edges get uneven – and you have to crop into the pano in order to get something your can print. Now you could use the rubber stamp tool to very carefully create the missing areas – and I’ve done that.  But it takes a lot of skill and a long time.

Enter Content-Aware Fill.

Content- Awa….WHAT?

Tucked under the Edit-Fill menu in Photoshop CS5 is one of Adobe’s more magical tools – Content-Aware.  What this tool does is to analyze the area  surrounding a selection and “create” new content based on what should be there.

To use it just select the blank areas using the magic wand tool, go to Edit – Fill – Content Aware, and let the magic happen.  Here’s what the program gave me:

finished-pano-after-content-aware-fill

Now is it perfect – no. The left edge brick wall didn’t get “created”.  But that would be easy enough to retouch in.

Now it takes longer to write about it than it does to see it (and it really is like magic!)- here’s a video tutorial.

 

What do you think? I know it will make my panoramics so much better.

Stan White at Scrappers Workshop

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Stan brings to the site a long career in the photo industry from working as a professional photographer to 13 years with Kodak to his present position asDirector or Marketing with Advanced Photographic Solutions color lab.Having spent all his adult life in the photo industry, Stan discovered the wild world of digiscrap through wife Jenn (better known as ScrapKitty Design). Even 12 years of teaching Photoshop and digital imaging to photographers didn’t prepare him for the wild and wooly world of digi-crops, so he sticks to teaching classes and writing about photography and PS/PSE on their blog www.scrappersworkshop.com/blog. Stan and Jenn are transplanted Yankees in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, and would not live in lake effect snow again if you paid them.

One Comment

  1. Stefanie says:

    I am ‘this close’ to upgrading from CS3 to CS5. The content aware feature rocks! I do have CS5 on my computer at work, and I’m just starting to learn the fun features that I have now! Thanks for the great tip!

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