How to Recompose with the Content Aware Move Tool in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

The content aware move tool in the latest tool added to the Healing Tool arsenal in Photoshop Creative Suite 6 and enables you to recompose your image. Follow these steps to find out how to recompose your image:

  1. Open your image and select the Content-Aware Move tool.

    This tool looks like two arrows.

  2. Choose your Remix Mode from Move or Extend.

    When you choose Move, Photoshop moves your selection and then fills in the remaining “hole” with content-aware pixels. The Move mode works great when you need to move an object, or objects, in your image for a more desirable composition. When you choose Extend, Photoshop attempts to extend your selected area, while maintaining any lines and structural elements and blending them into the existing object.

  3. Choose your desired Adaptation setting.

    Adaptation controls the amount of flexibility Photoshop uses in determining how to shift pixels around and how strictly regions are preserved when determining the content-aware fill. The default setting is Medium.

  4. Drag around the area of your image that you want to move or extend.

    If you need to fine-tune your selection, you can use the Path Operations options in the Options bar. Or, you can press the Shift key to add to your selected area and Alt (Option on the Mac) to delete from your selection.

  5. Move your selection to your desired location.

  6. Touch up any areas that require it.

    You can break out any of the healing tools or the Clone Stamp tool to fix any mismatches or remaining flaws.

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