Content-Aware for Crop & Straighten in Photoshop CC 2015.5
One of many new features in the latest release of Photoshop CC 2015.5 is a Content-Aware option for the Crop (and Straighten) tool. This is one of the features of which I cannot believe that we didn't have in the past. This option is allowing you to crop the image outside of boundaries and will fill additional space using Content-Aware technology.
Is it worth, you may ask? Please try it! With some images, I cannot believe how accurate and perfect this technology is!
When, why and how to use Content-Aware for the Crop and Straighten toolsUsually, you will use Content-Aware option when straightening and cropping images. Many times images are much better if you do not have to force cropped part to fit inside some proportions or dimensions and that's what this technology is allowing you to do: to freely crop and straighten images even beyond its current boundaries.
To start using this automated gaps filing option you must check Content-Aware in the Options bar with the Crop tool active.
The next thing to do is to crop (or straighten) image as you want and to confirm the operation.
Magically, areas outside the original image will be filled with pixels without any of your further action or retouchings.
My adviceStart using Content-Aware right away because it is the truly amazing feature. One small note for beginners and newbies: please do not expect miracles with complex patterns and huge areas outside of boundaries. It will work nicely even for huge areas when you have sky and simple pattern but it cannot imagine what it should be there as we humans do because it is software which is producing almost immediate results.
Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5
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