Saturday, February 19, 2011

Photoshop's Content-Aware Scale Feature is Fantastic

Photoshop CS5 has a way-cool feature: Content-Aware Scale. Basically, this feature lets you scale a picture . . without affecting the main content (subject). This is important when you need to add some extra room in an image, such as when you need to add type.

I had to use Content-Aware Scale recently for a project that I am working on. (Info on this project to come soon, but I can't let the cat out of the bag quite yet.)

My friend Julieanne Kost at Adobe explains now to use this feature best.

Following Julieanne's advice, I was able to create the image above from the image below. 

Yes, I also took advantage of the Clone Stamp tool. And yes, I was actually falling through the air at 125 miles an hour. Just take a look at my face! 

After adding the type, by the way, I chose a Gradient Layer as the Layer Style, which allowed me to add some cool and fun colors to the type.

The key to making this work is to choose Content-Aware Scale (of course) and then to make a selection of the subject you don't want stretched, and then to save that subject as a selection.

Hey! I hope to see you - and JK - at Photoshop World in Orlando this March. Click here for the list of my classes.

Explore the light,


JulieAnn said...

Very Immmpressive. Glad your chute opened

Rick Sammon said...

JulieAnn.... me too!