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Photoshop: Add to background in a snap

If you haven’t used the content-aware feature in Photoshop to extend photos, you are missing out. Read on for a quick how-to!


Recently I learned about a feature in Photoshop that I was totally ignoring! At least I’m aware of it now though and I want to share it with you. So here it is: Photoshop can automatically fill in extra background on your photos (Crop tool using content-aware option). If you use Photoshop, I think you’ll appreciate knowing this info. Here’s how it works…


In the following examples you’ll see some results. Beagle dogs are the topic of choice for today!


Example 1: Extend the photo to add more content to the right

Beagle dog running in a green meadow with a stick in his mouth
Original photo. Photo credit: Adobe Stock
Beagle dog running in a green meadow with a stick in his mouth. Extra background added to the right of the dog
Photo after using the Content-Aware crop with more background added to the right of the dog


Example 2: Extend photo to add more content to the top

Beagle dog with glasses on sitting at a desk
Original photo. Photo credit: Adobe Stock
Beagle dog with glasses on sitting at a desk. Extra background added to the top of the image
Photo after using the Content-Aware crop with more of the background wall added to the top of the image

Sure, it’s not perfect, but it can be a timesaver. Maybe you start with the content-aware crop and then touch up the results with the clone tool.


Step-by-step process:

1) Select the crop tool from the toolbar

Photoshop crop tool in the toolbar menu

2) At the top of the screen, check the box for “Content-Aware”

Photoshop crop tool, option to select content-aware

3) Pull the crop tool to extend beyond the photo where you would like the extra photo background added

Photoshop crop tool, top handle being pulled upward

4) Click the checkmark at the top of the screen

Photoshop crop tool, check mark button to create extra background on image automatically

5) Let Photoshop do the work for you


6) Fine-tune the results as needed



I hope you found this tip helpful and can find ways to incorporate this tool into your workflow. Thank you for visiting my blog!


Please note: This article is provided for educational purposes only. I use Adobe software, but do not have any marketing relationship with Adobe.


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