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Did You Know The Crop Tool in Photoshop Could Do This?!

Welcome back to another very exciting tutorial
here at the My name is Jesus Ramirez and you can find
me on Instagram @JRfromPTC. In this video we’re going to talk about the
Content-Aware Crop feature in Photoshop. The first thing that I’m going to do in this
example is I’m going to click on the Crop Tool and in the past, what we usually did
is click on the Straighten Tool and we would click and draw a line along a straight area
of the image, and Photoshop would crop that into a much smaller area. This is because
a Crop always wanted to keep active pixels. It wouldn’t give us anything like this with
transparent pixels. So when we would create the crop, we would
get a very tight result and we would lose a lot of information. Then you come to the
Aware feature found on the Options bar allows us to make that same adjustment, but Photoshop
fills in with Content Aware on these areas that are going to be left with transparent
pixels. So I’m going to click on this check box to commit the changes, and Photoshop is
going to go ahead and fill in those pixels. And you can sort of see the selections here
on the top, the bottom, and on the sides. And there you go, Photoshop fill in the pixels
up here and on the other corners. The Content Aware feature with the Crop Tool
is also good if you want to expand in the sky. So, if we had this image here and we
wanted more sky, we can simply click and drag up, commit the changes. This time I’m just
going to hit the Enter key on the keyboard and Photoshop is going to go in and fill in
the transparent pixels on this image with the sky. We could also do the same thing with
the water. I can click and drag this down, in case we wanted more water, commit the changes
and the same thing is going to happen. Photoshop is going to fill in those pixels and we’re
going to have more water. Now, even though this is a great tool and it works great for
skies, for water, grass, and things like that, it’s going to be not as precise when we’re
dealing with buildings or things with more detail. So if I click and drag this to the left here
to fill this area in, we are going to get some issues. So, just keep that in mind when
you’re working with your images. As you can see there, it’s not a perfect fill. But it’s
still a great feature to utilize because you will get to use more of your image than if
you would have otherwise. And that’s pretty much it. Let me know what
you think about this feature. Leave a comment below. If you enjoy this video then click
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  1. Jens Vielmann Author

    Its a great feature… but IMHO it belongs in LR. Firing up PS for straightening/cropping only is overkill. Plus doing this in PS may add an additional file which eats hd-space.

    Sure if you do more complex things to a photo you can utilize this feature while their… but with alot of images that can be finished in LR only it doesnt make much sense.

    Of cause I know Adobe is probably trying to limit the number of advanced features in LR…. but this only makes sense for the stand alone Version of LR to get ppl to pay their subscription. Their is no subscription plan without PS anyways… and LR CC already got Features that are not coming to LR 6… so what would be the harm adding one more in LR CC.


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