Editing The Debonaires: Part 1

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: June 23, 2010

Category: Videos

Following on from a recent photo shoot with ‘The Debonaires’ I thought you might like to see some of the Post Production that went into editing one of the photographs.

The photograph I’m going to edit for you in this series of videos is Picture ‘B’ from an earlier blog post and the kind of things I’ll be showing you are:

  • Removing ‘Stuff’
  • Adding Contrast
  • Dodging & Burning
  • Enhancing Detail
  • Finishing Touches

So to kick things off I’m going to be ‘Removing Stuff’ and as I’m using Photoshop CS5 I’m going to show you how I use ‘Content Aware Fill’. One thing I do want to point out, is that all the editing you will see in the next few videos can be done in earlier versions of Photoshop; it’s just that CS5 has made doing the things we’ve always done using tools such as the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush so much easier and more importantly, so much quicker.

There is one thing I’ll say about using Content Aware Fill and this you do not have to accept the first results it gives you.Each time you use Content Aware Fill you’ll get different results…some good, some bad so just undo the result if you’re not happy and try again.

So here as promised is Part 1:

If you have any questions or comments about what you’ve seen in this video then feel free to post them in the comments section below.
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Richard saunders

    Nice to see a real word scenario of content aware fill. I was a little dubious when you made the selection around the car and crane. What a result. This will certainly speed up peoples workflow.

    As you said space was tight and it’s not always possible to get rid of everything in camera, glad to see the tools were being used in the right context 🙂

    • Glyn

      @Richard…Yeah you may have noticed a slightly ‘surprised’ tone in my voice when the selection around the car and crane worked out first time 🙂 CS5 has really helped to speed up my workflow for the times, just as in this example, when the location doesn’t offer the perfect setting.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting,
      All the best to you,

  2. Andyroo77

    Hi Glynn, as Richard said, nice to see Content Aware fill working in the real world, not just Adobe’s examples. I haven’t had a chance to test it out yet but it certainly opens up possibilities while shooting – like shooting wide angle and including your lights in the shot and removing them quickly and easily afterwards!
    I watched a tutorial over at ‘The Russell Brown Show’ where he had a good tip for helping Photoshop know what you want as the fill target (sky/foliage etc). I think it involved removing a small piece of the target from your selection, ie; for your example, removing a little circle of sky within the crane selection and a little bit of foliage from around the car boot selection will protect those areas and tell Photoshop that that is what you want it to fill with. Hope that makes sense. Like I said, I’ve yet to try it out, but based on your use, it’s looking good to go! I’m looking forward to the next video.

    • Glyn

      @Andyroo77…Hi Andy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting and thanks too for the ‘heads up’ about Russell Brown’s tutorials. I’ve been a little remiss lately and not checked his stuff out so this has prompted me to get back over there 🙂

      Cheers, Glyn

  3. Dave T

    Hi Glyn,

    Great tutorial – look forward to seeing the rest.

    • Glyn

      @Dave T … Thanks Buddy

    • Glyn

      @Dave T … Funny you should say that cos we have a couple more shoots lined up; I’m working hard on convincing them that they need to be done in NZ though 🙂

      Cheers, Glyn

  4. Andy Cuadra

    Glyn- thanks for the great tip; you just saved me a lot of time my friend. Looking forward to the next one….Hope all is well with you.


    • Glyn

      @Andy…You’re welcome mate; glad you found it useful 🙂

  5. David Kelly

    Hi Glyn,

    Thanks for a real life example / demo of the new content aware fill tool in CS5 – nice to see a different ‘test’ pic for it’s use other than the few I’ve seen via the ‘Photoshop Guys’ NAPP webcasts. I haven’t had much of a playing with it as yet since recently upgrading to CS5 but I can think of a few photographs I’d like to go back and use it on.

    I still can’t get my head around the concept that this intelligent algorithm learns as you repeat the process (should it not work first time) but hey I only need to appreciate what it does, not necessarily understand how!

    …off to play catch-up on your posts after being MIA (missing internet action) for a while…

    • Glyn

      @David…Thanks for the comment mate and yeah I know what you mean; best not to think how it does what it does 🙂


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