Avoid Cropping… And Try This Instead (Photoshop)

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Sometimes the Aspect Ratio of your photos doesn’t match the ratio in which you want to print or share it online. In this tutorial, I’ll cover some tips on how to extend your photo’s edges in Photoshop using Content Aware Fill and other methods.

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25 thoughts on “Avoid Cropping… And Try This Instead (Photoshop)

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    OK, that was a really tacky format for a video. You made it seem like you were saving the first photo for some grand finale where you would reveal a technique that would blow everyone's mind by fulfilling your client's needs as put forth in first photo.

    Did you spend 15 minutes with the client in question showing them all the same mediocre methods you could use by using other images as examples only to confess in the very end that their image is hopeless?

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    When you used the content aware scale option, did that not crop the photo as if you transformed the image to fill the available space? I don't think that's a valid option.

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    * Always love your videos and greatly appreciate them. I have found an alternate way that I think works (on the first 3 photos) better than the methods you use. There is no right or wrong way…just other options and ways of doing it. At time 5:34 after you copied the selection at the top of the photo rather than moving it and flipping it I left it in place and then used the transform tool to slightly stretch it. And that worked perfectly because clouds are not a certain size and it precludes a repeating pattern. I used the same method for the original girl in the bed of the truck and it really worked well. Just wanted to pass along this suggestion. Have a Blessed Day.

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    Looks interesting but I couldn't duplicate the operation because you lost me at the beginning with "I created a new document…" I opened an image having a 2×3 aspect ratio (actually 12 x 18 inches), went to Image, Image Size, entered 16×20 to get the 4×5 aspect, but never got the white bands at top and bottom that you got. Don't know how to get the white, empty space above and below, so couldn't do the next step, "…just pasted in their photo." A little more help at the beginning and I would have been able to try your various methods.

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    Interesting stuff Matt. There is a #4 method that should work for increasing the 'height' of a sky in some images (but as with all these types of corrections, probably only when used in moderation). Using Photoshop's ever-improving 'Select Sky' feature, one should able to split the image into two layers – one with just the foreground and the other with just the sky. First ensure the sky layer is below the foreground layer, then create the canvas size you want to print at. Now using the transform tool on the sky layer, constrain-expand it until it meets the top of the new canvas size. Alternatively (for arguable better quality), scale the foreground down until the correct canvas ratio is achieved. I think of this method as very much like the 'Sky Replacement' tool in PS, only you're using the actual original sky from the image.

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    In the first photo, the landscape, i'll align to the bottom (trees are tricky) and using content aware only in the sky. I think no need to work top and bottom always, align the top, work on the bottom, or vice versa. Sometimes both.
    Nevertheless, Nice Tut as usually. Cheers, and thanks!

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    Excellent tutorial. Good explanation, good examples, A+! Oh yes and one more thing not a lot of extra words. Many YouTube videos get way too wordy.

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    Great tutorial. You said cropping when in fact you were stretching the photo? To crop means to cut off a part of something.

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    Hey Matt! I know it’s not your normal thing do this but I thought I’d ask! Could u do a desk tour of your office/setup?
    I see all the drives in the background.
    Might be a cool video to do.
    Anyways love your vids man!

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    This is exactly what I needed to hear…sometimes the methods work (with some more editing) and other photos just can't be changed without noticeable differences from the original. For those who want prints of my photos, I thought there was a secret way to get the exact same photo to print at a different aspect ratio and I just didn't know the secret. This became a big question for me when I wanted to sell my prints and offer buyers a five different ratio sizes to choose from…each ratio needs to be a little different in order to print edge-to-edge with the print. I appreciate you affirming this reality (and that it isn't a secret or magic for just the professionals).

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    The content aware scale looks to me the same as cropping. you lose some of the sides of the image with both techniques.

  • August 17, 2022 at 23:02
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    A very good demonstration and one I have book marked.

    For those not using PS, there is another way to 'crop' your photo when using an outside service like a Costco for printing. The Costco site actually allows you to send your full, original jpeg or Tiff file and then 'crop' it within a window that provides the right aspect ratio for the print you want. So lets say you want 11×14 print…you tell the site thats the print size, you visualize the image within the provided viewing box, and simply move it around in the box until the composition meets your needs.

    True, you may lose out on getting the perfect composition that you intended for the print, but it is easy and quick and doesn't require PS to fill in edges. In fact, it would be great if the pro shops offered the same capability as an option.

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