Unwanted objects can be the culprit of distraction and at many times, unavoidable when taking a photo. Traditionally, to remove these objects the clone stamp tool in Photoshop was the most viable option. However a new tool was introduced into Photoshop CS5 and up called Content-Aware Fill, which at many instances defeats the clone tool for it is quicker and does a better job at rendering a more natural result.

Using Photoshop’s Content Aware Fill Tool to Remove Distractions

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Guest post by Doug Pittman

A few years back, while watching a local newscast, one of the reporters announced an upcoming car show close to where I live. It sounded to me like the perfect opportunity to put my new camera to the test, so my plans were set for that Saturday. I must have been bitten by some sort of bug while I was there because I now rarely go more than a week without photographing or working on a car image.

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By Dennis Goulet (www.dennisgoulet.us)

Image stacking is a useful tool to combine images to increase apparent depth of field. It can be used for landscapes as well as close up subjects. Several images are made of the same scene with the focus set at different points in the subject. The separate captures are assembled in Photoshop by loading them all as layers of a single image. This example uses a simple stack of two images.

The pink lady slippers were far enough apart that to have all three flowers in focus would require a small aperture of f/16 or f/22. While that would capture all three blossoms in focus, it would also cause the background to be nearly in focus as well. I wanted all three blossoms in focus with the soft effect of the out-of-focus background. The sections of the images below illustrate the capture process; two captures were made at f/8, one with the left flower in focus, one with the flower(s) on the right in focus. The background remains a pleasing blur.

Photoshop Image Stacking Technique

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