Video – Content Aware features of Photoshop CS6

Photoshop has been releasing videos on YouTube of “sneak peeks” concerning Adobe PhotoShop CS6, Adobe’s upcoming Photoshop release. While it’s interesting that they all seem to be using Photoshop CS6 running on Mac OS X, this video in particular is of interesting to me and other genealogists who use software to correct old images that we’ve scanned in.

The video below was put together by Photoshops’ Senior Product Manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, and it focuses on using Photoshop’s Content Aware features (Content Aware Fill, Content Aware Move, etc.) and the improvements that have been made from CS5 – CS6. The Content Aware functionality allows you to remove objects from images, or in our case, flaws (tears, water damage, writing). With the CS6 demo below, you can see Content Aware Move – moving items around.

I wasn’t too impressed with Photoshop CS5’s Content Aware features – I happen to use AKVIS Retoucher which has worked a lot better for me.

If you would like to see a larger version of the video, click on the “YouTube” label on the video (bottom right).

Some of the new features in Photoshop CS6, I wouldn’t use as much, such as moving items around within a photo – I try to leave photos as they were taken, other than to remove problems (rips, creases, damage), or to correct lighting/contrast, etc., but they’ve still come a long ways with Content Aware. I’ll stick to Retoucher for now, but it’s nice to see Adobe is paying attention to this.

If you’d like to see some of the other upcoming features of Photoshop CS6, Adobe has a few other “sneak peeks” and features on their YouTube channel.