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Content Aware Fill In Photoshop CS5

Jennifer Farley

Adobe have officially announced the unveiling of Creative Suite 5 on April 12. It’s not the actual release date of the software, you won’t be able to buy it that day, but you will be able to see what’s included in CS5. If you’re interested you can go over to their site to see the countdown and some sneak peek videos.

In the last day or two some video has appeared on the web showing off some of the new features, and of particular interest is the Content Aware Filter in Photoshop, and it looks mighty impressive. Content Aware Scaling arrived in Photoshop CS4 and it was pretty spectacular then, but the improved filter in CS5 looks magical to say the least.

Here’s the video showing the filter in action. It’s narrated by Bryan O’Neill Hughes, product manager at Adobe. He shows three examples of retouching using just selection tools in conjunction with the selection tool.

Prepare to be impressed.

While this looks absolutely amazing and very exciting, the question is, what else will be included in the new version to make users upgrade or buy CS5. From chatting to people, I know that many skipped the upgrade from CS3 to CS4 because a) it was simply too expensive and b) there weren’t enough changes in the program to warrant an upgrade. So I can’t wait to see what else is coming.

Another question that could be asked is where does this leave photography? We’re already at the point where you literally can’t believe your eyes any more. Does a filter like this take away the need for basic photography skills such as good composition?

Do you plan to upgrade or buy Photoshop CS5?