Improved Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop 2020 (February 2020 release ver 21.1)

Improved Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop 2020

Photoshop is improved for its 30th Anniversary on February 19, 2020. One of the most exciting improvements is CAF or Content-Aware Fill space which has a couple of new options to make things easier for everyone. Besides Sample All Layers feature there is an Apply button to confirm changes without to exit dialogue/space. This is an excellent addition since we can now build up our retouching step by step on separate layers without leaving dialogue. I found this feature incredibly useful for situations where multiple areas need retouching.

In this tutorial, I will present to you new features added to Content-Aware Fill space in Photoshop February 2020 release.

What is new in CAF space

Hopefully, you are already familiar with Content-Aware Fill space. Here are more details with features and how-tos.

Things are getting even better with February 2020 release because we have a couple of new, time-saving features. Here are new features in details:

  • Sample All Layers. This is, I believe, expected new feature that is convenient and time-saving since you do not need to select the layer with content to enter CAF space. Another advantage is that you can use CAF with composite images where parts of the composition are separated without to merge layers/documents.
  • Apply button. This button allows you to apply the current modification/patch and to continue the sampling area to be filled or patched without leaving CAF dialogue or space. An excellent feature especially for images that needs patches in multiple areas. You can build up the final image step by step without closing and re-selecting the area. Everything can be done in a single pass, click Apply then select some other area for the patch. You can repeat the operation as many times as you want. If you choose New Layer from the Output To drop-down list that will instruct Photoshop to place each patch on a separate layer in the Layers panel.
Output to a new layer when Apply button clicked in CAF space
Photoshop will create new layer with patch every time you hit Apply button when Output To New Layer is turned on .

Bonus tips

To create new selection after clicking on Apply button do not use Deselect option to remove selection but instead drag with Lasso to create new one.

After clicking Apply button Photoshop will consider patch even if patch is placed on separate layer so you leave same selected area and try with different portion of image to "heal" patch if you are not completely satisfied. In essence you can try with patch from multiple sources to see which will give you best result.

Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop ver 21.1

Feature summary | Photoshop desktop (February 2020 release)


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