Posts Tagged ‘editing’

Changing a Scene with Photoshop’s Content-Aware Move Tool

I’ve been playing around with the Content-Aware Move tool in Photoshop CS6. I use this to change elements of a scene. You can get similar effects using the clone stamp, but I’ve found that the Content-Aware Move tool gives me better control in larger scenes. Check out what I did below and let me know what you think!

This is Ali, a woman who loves adventure. I met her at Gasworks Park in Seattle. It was a beautiful day and lots of people were out and about.


There’s nothing wrong with this scene, but I wanted to see what would happen with some creative editing. Using the Content-Aware Move tool in Photoshop, I removed the people and filled in the sky and the ground.

using content-aware move tool

Here’s the final image with the ground cropped out to focus on the subject of the picture.

Final image with content-aware move tool

You can access the Content-Aware Move tool through the icon with the intertwined arrows. The Adapation settings from Very Strict to Very Loose will give you different results.

As always, I’m interested in what you think. Let me know which of these photos you like best by commenting or taking the poll. Thanks, and have a creative day!

content-aware move tool in Photoshop CS6


Combining Two Images in Photoshop

March 7, 2013 1 comment

Today, I learned a neat technique of combining two images in Photoshop to improve the overall picture. I’ve practiced this technique four times already today, and it’s great fun.

First, I had this picture of my friend Kiana. I think her face looks very pretty, but I was curious to see if I could combine this with another picture.

photoshop composite exercise

Photoshop composite exercise

I liked her long legs and boots in this pose, but I didn’t think her facial expression worked as well. Because of the differences in size and angles of the two photos, I knew it would be a challenge to make the composite look natural. But with a little patience, I saw how Photoshop can make pretty much anything possible.

Ta-da! Here’s the result:

Photoshop composite exercise

I’m excited to start using this technique for more advanced composites and make some truly stunning images.

Here are the instructions to combine two photographs.

  • Put the pictures in two separate layers.
  • Make the top layer transparent and move it to lay on top of the second image as desired.
  • You can try using Edit > Auto-align to align the two pics. (In the above example, I couldn’t use auto-align, and actually had to rotate the second image so that the position of the head would look natural.)
  • Add layer mask on the top layer.
  • Choose the paint brush. Choose black for color. Adjust hardness to 0 on the brush.
  • Use the brush on the mask.
  • The new face should appear as if by magic.
  • If you find that you’re masking too much, switch the brush color to white and go over the parts of the mask you want to adjust.
  • Try changing the brush size and hardness to 100 to fine-tune the image.
  • For an additional effect, put a levels layer at top and adjust colors.