Sneak Peek: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Content-Aware Move and Expand Tools

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With Photoshop CS6 expected to drop this spring, Adobe started posting weekly sneak peeks of Photoshop CS6's new features. This week, Adobe Senior Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes demonstrated the new Content-Aware Move and Expand features.

Both features expand on the Content-Aware Fill Tool that originally appeared in Photoshop CS5. Content-Aware Move lets you draw a selection around an object and move it to a new place in the picture. Extend lets you expand objects in your drawn selection by dragging them.

Judging from the video, it works like magic, but that’s because the program’s algorithms handle all the deleting and aligning of objects, as well as the background fill. Hughes also shows off how you can use the Patch Tool to tell Content-Aware Fill where it should clone from. This may be useful in cases when you want to fill in a dead patch of grass and the algorithm decides pull textures from a nearby pond.

In previous sneak peeks, Adobe showed off the new Camera Raw 7 and the De-Blurring Tool. We'll have to wait until it comes out to make a final judgement, but so far CS6 looks good, and we expect there to be another video next week to show off even more tricks.

[Sneak Peek #4 (YouTube) via Peta Pixel]

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