Adobe Photoshop CS5 Content-Aware Fill Sneak Peek

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Sneak Peek Content Aware

Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows off some rather eye-popping (if we may say so) technology for synthesizing texture inside a future version of Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Basically it allows you to alter or create reality in photographs as easily as selecting an area and running the feature. Gone will be the days when photojournalists are caught with embarrassing patterns created by improperly using the stamp tool. The demonstration is so amazing that many commenters are saying it’s fake, going as far as to say it looks… “photoshopped”?

The demo starts with some small pieces, so if you’re short on time, jump to about the 2:50 mark (halfway point) for the more impressive stuff. Full-screen viewing makes it easier to see the details.


70 Responses to “Adobe Photoshop CS5 Content-Aware Fill Sneak Peek”

  1. It's me, Mario says:

    Thanks, Adobe! Now I can finally be a professional photographer without even trying. Thanks again!

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  2. Yea you guys REALLY don’t care about the professional photo and digital arts industry at all… Pure and simple corporate takeover at its best!

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  3. JEmlay says:

    Getting the job done is all that matters!

    Just because you remove the need for ultra expensive equipment and less education doesn’t make it any less worthwhile.

    By the crap logic I’m reading in these comments unless you are a certified PROFESSIONAL mechanic you shouldn’t even be working on your own car?

    Some people prefer to live in the stone age.

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  4. Rich Meade says:

    crap logic is thinking that its ok to have a company do the work for you instead of learning the proper way to do it. I think you’ll find the Content Aware fun factor will wear off quite soon. As well as find a great sense of buyers remorse at paying $350 for the pathetic excuse of “new Features” in CS5

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  5. holy what says:

    It’s a very nice feature but let us be realisitc. True photographer will just add another line under their pictures “no content aware fill used” to get some honor instead of the question “are you using cs5?”

    I don’t think that this will be the solution for all but yes it will save a bunch of time and will reduce the required knowledge for being an artist in photoshop.
    You know what the problem is when it saves time? The artist is getting less money and needs to do more for earning the same amount and customers will not honor anymore long working-time.

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  6. Doz says:

    Why don’t all the people posting negatives here just go back to old school film and dodge and burn the hard way!

    It’s a tool.. tools make things easier. Get over it.

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  7. Eric Fry says:

    Great, a fast and easy tool for thieves to use to get rid of watermarks…Thanks for nothing, Adobe. Just for that, I’m going to quit using Lightroom.

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  8. alex says:

    Wow, Eric Fry. ZING! No tool can replace actual artistic ability and skill – it’s how you use the tools, not the tools themselves. Am I a doctor just because I have a scalpel and a stethoscope? Nope, without the knowledge and experience, I’m just a danger to the community.

    Photoshop is and will continue to be an amazing tool, but it can’t ever replace the creativity and talent of artists who use it. Just like how I bought a hack saw and a drill, but I’m no carpenter. My backyard tree house has actually been sealed off by the county and classified as “condemned.” I didn’t know they could do that to tree houses.

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  9. tristan says:

    I agree w/ Alex. Its thinking that photoshop filters and effects are what design is about that’s ruining a large portion of the respect for the industry. Artistic ability and creative thought, the ‘why’ instead of the ‘how’, is the real key to design.

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  10. Tof says:

    I think the point is that the non-artists who don’t understand how it works (the CEOs who cut your paycheck) think that you punch up what to do and it happens like magic. They think it’s about learning the software, and they don’t appreciate the time and skill that goes into each project. But that’s always been the problem, it’s just that with each cool tool that comes out, they appreciate the artists less and less.

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  11. Dave says:

    Man you guys all need to embrace new technology and stop assuming the worst. It’s this kind of technology that brought CG to realism in Avatar. These are all tools, what you do with them is the creative process.

    You should be happy they are implementing tools rather than new useless features. I’m sure there are caveats with this content aware fill.

    Bravo Adobe, this is an impressive tool. This truly can save a lot of work, especially when you are under the gun.

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  12. mangemang says:

    For those who feel threatened I can only say, buhu..
    There has always been tools of a trade. If you “up” the tools, that will also up the work of the true craftsman. With better tools, the professional can work past cleaning up his pictures and perform mundane tasks in a snap. This frees up time for the real artistic work.
    If this tool takes away craftsmanship, I believe we should all return to painting. After all, results in photography is influenced on what camera you have..

    You only have a problem if you cannot adapt. And then, it’s not the tool that is the problem, but you yourself.

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  13. Peter says:

    Im a photography student in my final year of school and i think that the updates to CS5 are really really incredible! Content aware: ‘wow’. I have to agree on both the negatives and positives that were said in this discussion. and the growing fact that will authenticity be taken over by technology? which is what we are slowly seeing adobe do with photoshop. It is a sad fact, but an inevitable one.
    Sooner or later we are all going to face the fact that something like this – content aware, that anyone can pull off – can make really anyone look like a professional. And what does that mean for the professional photographers? well we shall have to see and find out.
    Adobe are have made a massive advancement with just this one feature. It is amazing! (not to mention all the other advancements they have made in CS5). But with every positive, there is always a negative and I think this negative is going to change a lot of things about the digital world and photography as a whole

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  14. NLAlston says:

    I can understand & appreciate some of the concerns that have been expressed here, because there is indeed foundation for them. One poster mentioned about the ease by which thieves could remove watermarks from photos, and I have to say that this issue was a concern for me, too. But this is NOTHING compared to what will be available within future versions of this – and other such programs. It’s the way of technology and – whether we like it or not – we’d best get used to it, and prepared FOR it.

    Another poster mentioned about how the ease by which things could now be done, would translate into less money from clients. I, for one, will surely be purchasing CS5 – as SOON as it is available, but that isn’t to say that my clients will be paying any less for the work that I do. Whatever the job would have normally taken (time-wise), is the very same that they will be charged for. If there’s an issue with that, they can opt for the services of some other photographer.

    They (the clients) don’t have to know HOW I went about doing WHATEVER I might have done, and I don’t feel like I am being in any way underhanded about anything. CS5 is an expensive program, and I will shoulder the cost of it for the purpose of realizing an easier work flow for ME – NOT to charge clients any less.

    Yes, technology is moving right along, and each movement is proving to be stronger/better/more innovative than the previous.

    It is what it is, and we either sail with the flow – or lag behind at a stationary position on the shore.

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  15. Bret says:


    I tried cs5 and content aware fill and found that in most cases content aware fill cannot do the whole job without someone retouching it afterwards. It can really be a timesaver but except for very simple structures it needs manual adjustment badly.

    Also think back 20 years ago when illustrators and publishing pros despised people like us, who were about to use a computer to do what was supposed to be their job and not our.!

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  16. Smourt says:

    I am a photographer… I use photoshop, for simple fixes, for serious flaws I give the files to a professional because he is good… a simple tool is not going to change my thoughts… it might make his life easier instead of fixing my crap hecan focus on being a genius… such silly thoughts… if you are worried then your skills are average…

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  17. Jan says:

    If the tool cannot replace a professional’s work, there’s no point in whining. If the tool can replace a professional’s work, there’s no point in whining, either. When something can be automated, that’s a good thing. It makes us free to do other things worthwile. If you enjoy to do it by hand, you can still do that. If you’d rather just have the result, here’s your tool.

    As a sidenote. Traditional repetitive production work is running out. And that would be good. The new kind of work is social, creative, and cultural. That’s the kind of work that will never be automated, that has intrinsic value, that we can find purpose in. Those societies, that experience this shift right now are suffering because of how work in our minds still has the role, purpose and attributes from a hundred and a thousand years ago.

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  18. aj says:

    Yes… and those corporate monkeys will be thinking more like our jobs are just pushing those magical keys and menus and suddenly the software does it all… Cutting our already short, unbelievable deadlines and worst even our paychecks…

    And it also encourages the growth in population of those artists wannabees… Theres are a lot of them in our country…

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  19. Divemaster55 says:

    Adobe came, Adobe listened to opinions and problems, they put solutions in place for those that want to use them . . .

    GROW UP YOU LOT . . .

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  20. Wotan says:

    Adobe doesn’t listen too hard.

    If they did they would have made their entire CS5 line, including Photoshop faster/less bloated. Fixed the things that don’t work properly (like the graphics card acceleration… still broken. If you work with files that eat up more than say 3gig of RAM, you’ll know response from Photoshop starts going downhill, and is sluggish beyond belief at 8gig).

    And the long list of ways the Creative Suite products manage to crash (mostly on startup) for ridiculous reasons for so many people just because they didn’t beta test for problems outside of their ass kissing fanbase.

    If Adobe said “our new CS has one major feature that we promise…. everything will be stable, you can install it quick and reliably, no 20 minute reinstall jobs because of something we could have figured out and told you before you click “install”, you can load things quick and easily, and you can work faster because we think productivity is the best feature of all”

    Photoshop may be one of the most reliable products in their line (and has been for a long time), but that doesn’t mean it’s bulletproof. Those of us that have been pushing our hardware to the limits over the years have seen how Photoshop can be broken, or how Photoshop used to corrupt large files it simply could not handle (last I saw that happen was in CS1).

    The bottom line is Adobe has bought into their own hype. They have been leaning away from their pro customer base, the people that actually pay for the bundled suites, and have been leaning more and more towards marketing towards hobbyists and wannabes. A customer base that doesn’t know how to push their products to the breaking point in real production environments, so naturally they don’t hear many requests from people that haven’t got a clue about the glaring limitations.

    Photoshop is still my weapon of choice, but I gotta say, ever since CS1 I have been given more and more reasons by their CS structure and “CS culture” to want to see a competitor create a tool that manages to blow Photoshop away.

    The one title I think of that best exemplifies many features that Photoshop gets wrong is Sketchbook Pro from Autodesk. All of the fancy drawing tools Photoshop claims to do so well, Sketchbook shows just how primitive and chunky Adobe really handled them.

    That said, the content aware tool looks handy, but marketing should take into consideration the damage such ideas of “it’s the ultimate time saver in a few clicks” can do, and have done, to skilled professionals in the industry that constantly have to deal with upper management that think everything else can be reduced to a plugin, including radical last minute changes some clients think they shouldn’t have to pay for.

    The talented freaks that work at ILM for example don’t work for slave wages, and the way many companies think they can get away with paying less and less for more and more work because of these kinds of software attitudes… Adobe does have a responsibility in how they promote the role of the artist using their tools, not just their tools. If you disagree, just go look at companies like Autodesk with their 3D apps, or Corel with Painter. They make it a point to create a marketing face that says “the BEST use our products” instead of “ANYONE can achieve the best with out products”.

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