Content aware fill tool in Photoshop CS5 or later repairs or removes unwanted parts in your image. We always want to remove something that we don’t like from our photos. Sometimes we want to remove our ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend from our photos. This is normal, bad things happen and we must move on. In Photoshop we can easily remove or move anything unwanted with Content-Aware Fill Tool and Content-Aware Move Tool. In this quick tutorial, I will show you how to achieve it.

Learn how to use content aware fill and content aware move tool

Tutorial Details and Resources

Difficulty: Beginner
Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop (CS5 or later)
Estimated Completion Time: 10-15′ Minutes
Resources: Cat and Mouse by Luke, Girl Jumping by Nina

Step 1 > Open the Image

First, open the image you want to edit. Size doesn’t matter and you can use any image you like.

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Step 2 > Use Content Aware Fill Tool

To remove the mouse from the image all we need to do is to select the mouse quickly and use the content aware fill tool. With Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) select quickly the mouse and go to Edit > Fill or press (Shift + F5). In the new window make sure Content-Aware is shown and press OK.

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The mouse is gone and the cat is chasing the air. Press (Ctrl + D) to deselect.
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Content Aware Move Tool

With Content-Aware Move Tool we can move objects within our image. First, open the image in Photoshop.

1) Open the Image

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2) Move the Object

Press the Content-Aware Move Tool (J) in your tools palette and create a quick selection of your object. You can soften the selection by using the feather tool (Shift + F6) to improve the overall result. Move the selection to the new position. Photoshop will automatically fill and replace the original object for you. Finally, correct any imperfections with the fill tool.

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You can fill and move α large selection in your image using content aware fill and move tool. Photoshop does all the hard work for you quickly and easy. However, sometimes content aware tool doesn’t work and you have to use the old time-consuming methods.

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