Select the object
Learn to use the Content-Aware Fill workspace to seamlessly fill selected portions of an image with content sampled from other parts of the image
Watch the short video below to learn how to use Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop.
Read the full article to understand the step details.
The Content-Aware Fill workspace provides an interactive editing experience for ultimate image control. Use the live full-resolution preview as you refine the sampling area Content-Aware Fill uses and adjust the settings to achieve amazing results.
Learn how to remove objects with the Content-Aware Fill workspace in four simple steps
Select the object
Make a quick selection of an object you want to remove using Select Subject, the Object Selection Tool, the Quick Selection Tool, or the Magic Wand Tool
Open Content-Aware Fill
Refine the selection
Easily expand the selection edges around your object by selecting a Lasso tool from the left Toolbar and clicking the Expand button one or more times in the Options bar at the top. If you've expanded the selection too much, use the Contract button or Undo to reduce the selection edges.
Click OK when you're happy with the fill results
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Paint with the Sampling Brush Tool in the document window to add or remove sampled image areas used to fill the selection.
Use either the Lasso Tool or Polygonal Lasso Tool to change or modify your original selection (fill area) in the document window.
To learn more, see Select with the lasso tools
When you change the selection, the sampling area gets reset but the previous brush strokes are preserved. The selection also gets updated in the document when you exit the Content-Aware Fill workspace after committing the fill.
Hand Tool: Pan over different parts of the image in the document window and the Preview panel. You can quickly toggle to the Hand Tool by holding the 'Spacebar' key while using any other tool.
Zoom Tool: Magnify or reduce the view of the image in the document window or the Preview panel. To learn more, see Zoom in or out
To change magnification level in the Preview panel, drag the zoom slider at the bottom of the panel or manually type a zoom percentage value in the text box.
You can adjust the following settings in the Content-Aware Fill panel.
Show Sampling Area
Select this option to show the sampling area or the excluded area as an overlay on the image in the document window.
Sets the opacity of the overlay displayed in the document window. To adjust the opacity, drag the slider or type a percentage value in the text box.
Assigns color to the overlay displayed in the document window. Click the color selection box and then choose a color from Adobe Color Picker.
Shows the overlay in the sampling or the excluded area. Choose an option from the drop-down list - Sampling Area or Excluded Area.
Determine the sampling area in your image where you want Photoshop to look for source pixels to fill content.
Select this option to use content similar to surrounding fill area.
Select this option to use rectangular region around fill area.
Select this option to manually define a sampling area. Use the Sampling Brush Tool to add to the sampling area.
Sample All Layers
Select this option to sample source pixels from all the visible layers in your document.
Allows contrast and brightness to adapt for a better match. This setting is useful for filling content with gradual color or texture changes. Choose an appropriate option from the drop-down list - None, Default, High, or Very High.
Allows content rotation for a better match. This setting is useful for filling content with rotated or curved patterns. Choose an appropriate option from the drop-down list - None, Low, Medium, High, or Full.
Select this option to allow content resizing for a better match. It works well for filling content with repeating patterns of different sizes or under perspective.
Select this option to allow content to be flipped horizontally for a better match. This is useful for images with horizontal symmetry.
To reset to default fill settings, click the reset () icon in the Fill Settings menu.
Apply Content-Aware Fill to Current Layer, New Layer, or Duplicate Layer.
As you fine-tune sampling and fill areas and adjust fill settings, the Preview panel renders a full-resolution preview of the changes.
Photoshop first renders an initial low-resolution preview of the changes in the Preview panel. Immediately after, it generates a full-resolution preview. While this full-resolution preview is being generated, you may notice that a warning icon appears next to the spinner in the lower-right corner of the Preview panel.
Introduced in Photoshop 21.1 (February 2020 release)
You can fill multiple portions of the image without leaving the Content-Aware Fill workspace. After you get the desired fill result for a selection in your image, do the following:
To reset all Content-Aware Fill settings, click the reset () icon in the lower-left corner of the Content-Aware Fill panel.