Photoshop unveils new content-aware options for precise removals

Adobe Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill is one of its most powerful — and sometimes annoying — features. Using it carelessly could result in a “Photoshop fail” waiting to be ridiculed. However, get it right means that no one will be the wiser.

A little over a year ago Adobe teased a new feature of Photoshop CC that was meant to significantly improve the usability of the Content-Aware Fill tool. Unfortunately, it didn’t really make a big change in the way most users work with the option. This new upgrade, which hasn’t been given a release date yet, works with the help of its proprietary AI tech Adobe Sensei. The Content-Aware Fill tool is anticipated to be more accurate and seamless than ever. 

The AI is meant to improve the selection of sampling areas, making it easier to create fills or remove objects. In the video demo above, Photoshop Product Manager Meredith Payne Stotzner teases the upgrades of Auto and Custom sampling area selections on top of the existing Rectangular option.

If you use the upgraded Auto setting, Photoshop studies the pixels outside of a selection, automatically updating the image based on the parts that “best match the pixels immediately bordering the selection.” The Custom setting, however, lets users select the sample area themselves. Meredith says this option was highly requested by Photoshop users, so Adobe decided to consider it too. In the demo, you’ll see a man traced in the background of a photo is effortlessly erased and replaced with what Adobe Sensei detects should fill in that space. Meredith also demonstrates the content-aware upgrades with a photo of ice cream cones as well as one of a girl surfing.

While a release date for the upgrade has not been announced, Adobe does promise the improvements are coming soon. All we can do for now is wait and hope.