How to Use Content Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5


At last my wait was over when Photoshop CS5 introduced its new feature of Content Aware Fill tool which and has reduced all of my effort to remove an object without affecting the background, wow!

I have been waiting for such a miraculous feature for many years but now I am very happy to see this feature in CS5.

It is very simple and involves only a few steps to do this feature.

So without much further ado, let’s start it.

Open any image which contains a focal object and you want to remove it. Just have a glance at tutorial and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I grabbed two pics from here:

Step 1

I have downloaded an image of a horse.

Remember better the resolution of the image, better the results of this effect.

Content Aware Fill

Step 2

Try to select such a file that has sufficient space around so that Photoshop can detect the surroundings of the object you are going to remove.

Look closely the image it has a lot of space around it. I have chosen this horse image for you to apply content aware tool on it.

Step 3

Here is the horse image and we are going to remove the horse from the canvas miraculously and you will see it with your naked eyes.

This work was previously done by using lot of other tools like healing brush, patch tool or stamp tool but content aware option has done a great job to do this.

No more discussion though, let’s move forward. Make the copy of the layer to work on so that your original image remains safe.

Photoshop CS5

Step 4

Now Select the duplicated layer and make selection with lasso tool  as you can see in the image below.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorial

Adobe Photoshop tutorial

Step 5

Now go to edit menu and click Fill or press shift +F5.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Feature

Leave everything unchanged and press OK. Congratulations, you are done.

Final Result

Content Aware Fill


Here’s another example of  this majestic tool.

We had this picture.

Content Aware Fill

Result After Content Aware Fill

Content Aware Feature

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  2. dmckie July 10, 2011 at 7:58 am

    That is so simple and fantastic .. thanks 🙂

  3. TEKLE July 12, 2011 at 3:10 am

    it’s fantastic …….thank you so much.

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      Welcome to Designzzzz dear Martin!

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  5. coolandsea October 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm God!
    Thank you!

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  7. ahsani November 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    cool, I like it

    I can do it too


  8. Macau January 12, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Such an awesome

  9. deepak February 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

    cant we use this in CS4 ?!

    1. Tayyab February 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

      No Deepak,

      This feature was introduced in CS5.

  10. avein antony February 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

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  11. Mhm March 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

    YAY! Thanks!

    1. Tayyab February 28, 2013 at 7:28 am

      You’re welcome 🙂

  12. deepti.jain May 31, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    unbelievable. thanks so much Aamir for this wonderful tip.

  13. Sajid Hussain July 5, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Awesome tutorial….amzing and that too in few easssssssy..thanks buddy

  14. Carlisle Wiley February 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Step by step it worked well as you said, but I am left with the “the marching ants and a square with drag-able corners around the content aware filled area. How do I get rid of that? I must have missed something somewhere along the line. Figures, I would be the only one this has happened to.

    1. Tayyab February 28, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Hi Carlisle
      Just press CTRL + D

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