Hey there ATS. It doesn't matter if you're a pro with Photoshop, or you're brand new to the program, the Content-Aware feature is an incredibly
useful tool, and I use it in almost every ATS Avatar I've made to some degree.
If you don't have Photoshop yet, or have an earlier version of it, you can find a link to the Free Trial to the most recent Photoshop software here
at my ATS Avatar Tutorial and Resource Thread: Photoshop
. Content Aware is a feature
that's available in Photoshop CS5 and beyond.
The Content-Aware examines the actual content within the image you've opened in Photoshop and tries to figure out the best way to remove or repair
any damaged or unwanted area you've clicked on.
In this case we're using the Content Aware Fill, as we don't have any damaged parts of our image we're trying to fix, but instead we're using
it's photo awareness to expand on a small image and make it larger than it actually is.
This is the image we're working with (donated by the member Soylent Green Is People
As you can see, it's too small to fit as a full avatar, but with the Content Aware Fill, we can make it full sized like this:
Here's the side-by-side comparison to see just how much content aware added:
It's important to note that not all images will are ideal with this technique. Remember that the Content Aware Fill considers the full image, so if
your subject takes up most of the room, the Content Aware feature may think that it's the subject you want filled in, rather than say, the background
itself. With this image in the tutorial, the subject (the recycle sign) isn't significant enough for the Content Aware to think that that is what we
want filling the blanks.
So, lets get started.
Open up a new project in Photoshop. The avatar size you'll want for a full sized avatar on ATS is 200 pixels wide by 435 pixels tall.
Drop the image you want into the project and drag it to the position you feel is best. Remember that ATS will overlay your membership name, and a host
of information both at the top left corner and the bottom 1/4 of the avatar.
Next you'll want to select the Rectangular Marquee tool and click and drag over the blank area you want filled in. Right click on that area and
The Fill feature box will pop up and you'll need to select the 'Content Aware' option out of the Content > Use scroll tab. Make sure all your other
settings are set how I have them, then click "OK"
That's it! You're done!
You've successfully used the Content Aware Fill feature. You'll notice in the example below that there's a little green mark from the recycle sign
that's been used as filler. Just select over it again, and do all the blank areas and repeat the Fill > Content Aware > Ok steps to fill in the
remaining empty parts of the avatar
Doing the same steps will fill in the rest of your project
And here's the final product!
You can save it as it is and set it as your Avatar, or if you feel the filled areas are too simple you can add in whatever effects you want. The great
thing is the previous blank spots now carry the signature appearance of the original small image, just as a larger size, and without looking odd,
stretched, or reduced in resolution and clarity.
You can use this final product to add whatever other effects you want, and they will more easily blend in with what used to be the original, small
image. Like this:
Here are a few other examples to show you the power of Content Aware:
Let me know if this tutorial has helped you, and post your work! I'd love to see the success you've made