When you’re designing a website or managing a social media page, sometimes you need a wide format image for your Facebook cover, Instagram post, or website hero image. But what if the image you like has a portrait orientation or isn’t as wide as you want?
A couple of posts ago, we featured a handy tutorial that showed you how to trick the Content-Aware Scale tool and extend the background of an image without distorting the subject. But there’s a problem with that technique, it doesn’t work well with detailed or complex backgrounds like trees or buildings.
In this brilliant tutorial, Photoshop instructor Unmesh Dinda from PiXimperfect shows you how to use the Content-Aware Fill tool, the Healing Brush tool, and Adjustment layers to effectively extend images with complex backgrounds. Unmesh also shares an additional ‘flipping’ technique that might help you achieve the desired results. Watch below.
00:41 – Example 1: Trees
02:39 – Using Content-Aware Fill
03:28 – Breaking the patterns
05:41 – Example 2: Buildings
07:31 – Adjusting color
11:02 – Example 3: Flipping technique
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