Photoshop Quick Tip: Using Content-Aware Scale

Photoshop Quick Tip: Using Content-Aware Scale

Have you ever run into a situation where your image isn’t quit wide or tall enough to fit in the space you need? Sure, you can always use the Clone Tool to try and fill it in, but there’s actually a much easier and faster way to fill the empty space using Content-Aware Scale.

Below I have an image whose background doesn’t quite reach as far as I need it to for my composition.

I’ve made a selection of the portion of the background that I want to stretch using Content Aware Scale.

Now select (Edit | Content-Aware Scale).

You’ll see the transform handles that you can use to drag the selection to the edge of the canvas.

After pressing enter and removing the selection (Cmd+D) you can see that the background now fills the empty space.

This method is a lot faster than trying to clone a section of the photo. I hope this quick tip helps you to be more efficient in your next design project.

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Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown is a graphic designer who loves working with various media. He combines traditional art styles with a little experimentation and digital flare. Nathan's works have contained everything from ink and paint to leaves and a box of dirt. Everything is fare game when it comes to his approach to art. Nathan lives in Austin, Texas where he has been working as a designer for 10 years.


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    Hi Nathan Brown,

    Really a great & faster tips for designers thanks.

  2. Lance Mitchel

    thanks for the tip – real succinct and useful – cheers

    PS – I am just getting into graphic design at age 34 because I realize how useful and necessary it is when building, operating, and advancing my business desires. Love what guys like you have put into place for beginners like me. Thanks and please send me any advice / resource tips if you feel obliged. Thanks a lot!

  3. L

    I did not know about this and it really will save me some time. I cannot wait to use it!

  4. valuable sharing.. thanks for that..

  5. ghanesh

    awesome! thanks a ton for this tip! badly needed it !!

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