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New Content-Aware Move & Extend Features in Photoshop CS6

We’ve seen a few sneak peeks already of what Adobe’s working on now in Photoshop – but this new one is the best to date, it’s pretty incredible… They don’t say which release these capabilities could make it in (or when), but presumably it’s Photoshop CS6.

Photoshop CS6(?) Sneak Peek by Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Senior Product Manager

This new demonstration takes the much-praised concept of Content-Aware Fill that was introduced in Creative Suite 5 and carries it much further with new Content-Aware Move, Extend, and Patch tool features. It’s hard to explain but you can see how it works with the 2½ minute video below.

Last month we actually put together a guide to getting the best results with Photoshop CS5’s Content-Aware Fill, but these new tools clearly make the work much faster, simpler, and more flexible… and dare we say magical (see the “before and after” screengrabs below the video).

See more advanced features of Photoshop Content-Aware technology. Straight from Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes, this video shares how to seamlessly move, extend, remove, or patch an object from an image.

Roll over the image with your mouse (or tap) for the before and after results – wow:

Photoshop CS6 Spyglass? Content-Aware Move Tool

Bonus!  Another new sneak peak here: the next version of Photoshop should be able to smoothly migrate presets from your previous version(s), as well as import and export these settings for easy sharing. There will also be the ability to duplicate multiple selected layers and layer groups with Cmd-J, plus Adobe is bringing back Contact Sheet and PDF Presentations in Photoshop. Finally, they’ve knocked out many smaller “JDI” requests (meaning Just Do It) from customer feedback – like brush improvements, new file formats, and better printing:

See the 3 earlier Photoshop Sneak Peeks, and the 3 later ones, or when we estimate that CS6 will be shipping.

Check out the Photoshop Image Deblur demo from Adobe MAX in L.A. – plus more before-and-after photos deblurred by the technology.

Watch tutorials with current Content-Aware Fill tricks & techniques.

Related:  Adobe Listens to Users, Big Changes to CS6 Upgrade Policy Postponed.

Also:  Download the free new Lightroom 4 trial, which is now 50% off its previous price.

Give your input before it ships – what would you like to see in CS6?  Please share your thoughts below or at Adobe’s official feature request “wishlist”
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  1. David

    First sample is more the patch tool, but the second and third was AMAZING!

  2. Adam

    I have just purchased Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5 Web Premium and already love content-aware, which I hadn`t had a chance to try before. I agree with David, second and third samples are amazing. On the other hand I wonder how far will photo manipulation go. I think we should really think before we push release button in camera :-) I will post this link to my Fanpage

  3. olinka podany

    Very excited about PS CS6 release …I plan to do everything I’ve done in the past but now it will be so much easier …one example, content-aware move and then I will be able to salvage photos that otherwise would have been lost with the new de-blur feature …ah life is good! Thank you!

  4. william

    how can one get this program. i already have cs6, but i do not have this move tool.