by Gerald Boerner

To all my Photoshop buddies… Just came across this video on the new "Content-Aware Fill" sneak preview of Photoshop CS5 which will be available very soon. This feature can "heal" those minor imperfections that we find in our own photographs and are essential to the process of photo-restoration for old photos… Enjoy… and let me know what you think…

    

Adobe Photoshop CS5: Content-Aware Fill Sneak Peek 
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PS_Content-Aware Fill Getting rid of annoying lens flares or an unwanted tree in Photoshop could get much less tedious with a new "content-aware fill" tool. Adobe’s sneak preview of the feature shows how formerly painstaking retouch jobs becomes as easy as watching a progress bar do its magic within seconds.

The tool can also do instant-fixes where users manually erase image artifacts or clean up areas in photos, such as removing divots from grass. Bryan O’Neil Hughes, a Photoshop project manager, narrates a demo that walks would-be users through cleaning up several images…

Even those ugly-edge panorama images stitched together from different photos can become one smooth rectangular image. Content-aware fill’s algorithms fill out the formerly nonexistent part of the panorama photo with the appropriate ground, sky and cloud patterns. Perhaps our inner dying artiste might feebly protest this assault on image authenticity, but our inner Photochopper has already begun salivating like Pavlov’s dogs.