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Photoshop Content Awareness: the Move, the Patch, the Cheating at Golf

In honor of the first chapter of Deke's latest course update, Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate, I got to thinking about interesting uses of the Content-Aware family of Photoshop tools (the subject of Chapter 1 of said course). 

Basically, "content-aware" features work similarly to earlier Photoshop features (Move, Patch, Fill) but they do so in a way that considers the contextual information present in the image. So, instead of telling Photoshop, "Hey, Fill this selected space with the Background color," you instead say, "Fill this, and figure out what it should be filled with based on the contents of my image."

The net result can be magical or tragic, but if you use the right combination of tools (and admit the fact you may have to clean up your results with some classic Healing Brush or other retouching work) then Content-Aware tools pretty much stay on their side of magic. 

For example, let's say I recognized the fact that one is not allowed to move one's golf ball closer to the hole. But let's also say, that although the USGA prohibits moving your ball, they don't explicitly say you can't move the hole. It's Photoshop Rules, people. And here's how Photoshop's Move and Patch tools, in their Content-Aware modes, can really shine. 

Here's a quick look at how to use these two tools to their greatest golf-gaming advantage. Because although you may not need to cheat at golf, you may find untold riches in knowing how to leverage these features in your own work:  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 052: Removing Unwanted People from a Photo with Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 052: Removing People from a Photo

Hello everyone. Happy New Year, and welcome to the first anniversary of Deke's Techniques. I began this weekly video series on January 4 of 2011, and I am assured by the good folks at that it will last well into the future.

What better way to celebrate the outset of 2012 than with a wedding photo? And not just any photo, but a candid shot with a bunch of unwanted people in the background. My friend, Mary (the bride), asked me to remove those interlopers so that she and her groom, Billy, can enjoy some much-needed time alone. Which is exactly what I do in this video.

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Photoshop World 2010 Las Vegas Session Notes

A mere three weeks ago---seriously? has it been that long?---I joined a few dozen of my fellow self-appointed experts for the largest gathering of Photoshop users on the planet: Photoshop World 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. At that event, I presented three all-new sessions on the topics of Photoshop CS5, the pen tool, and Camera Raw 6.

Photoshop World 2010 PDF notes for download

At that event, I distributed more than a thousand black-and-white notes that my illustrious sidekick, Colleen Wheeler, printed out for the attendees. But black-and-white goes only so far. Which is why I include the notes for all three sessions as full-color PDF documents that you can download from this post. The notes are altogether free to members of dekeOnline. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 063, In Which We Finally Put the See and the Ess and the Five Together, Legally, with John and Bryan

At last our friends John (Nack, Adobe Senior Product Manager for Photoshop) and Bryan (O'Neil Hughes, Photoshop Product Manager) are in the lounge and free to speak about Photoshop CS5. We didn't even have to get them liquored up to extract secrets from them this time. No, we were freely able to quiz them about their favorite new features in the latest version of Photoshop. 

(For the record, I was there, and it was the real Bryan O'Neil Hughes, and he is not a witch. As far as we know...Although he does show an uncanny capability to run very long distances and still have a giant grin on his face. Suspicious, yes, but supernatural?)

The new features in Photoshop CS5

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Common-Sense Enhancements

Common-Sense Enhancements

Welcome to Day 1 of my 5-day look into the most essential new features in Photoshop CS5. I call it Photoshop CS5 Top 5. Each and every day this week, I’ll post a video that explains one of the grand new features in the forthcoming version of Photoshop.

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