Photoshop’s Upcoming Content-Aware Crop Feature Straightens Photos Without Creating Awkward Compositions

No more tricky crops thanks to straightened photos

Being able to straighten an image in Photoshop has always been pretty handy, especially for people like me who aren't very good at holding a camera straight. Rotating the image, however, has always meant having to go to a tighter crop, which can leave objects cut off or too close to the edges. In an upcoming version of Creative Cloud, however, Adobe will be introducing Content-Aware Crop, which will automatically fill in the extra white space to the best of its ability.

The tech is based on Adobe’s familiar Content-Aware tech, which analyzes surrounding areas and tries to guess what should be there. It’s not magic, so you get some repeating patterns and the results can obviously use a bit of cleaning up, but the examples they provide seem pretty solid.

Being able to straighten an image in Photoshop has always been pretty handy, especially for people like me who aren't very good at holding a camera straight. Rotating the image, however, has always meant having to go to a tighter crop, which can leave objects cut off or too close to the edges. In an upcoming version of Creative Cloud, however, Adobe will be introducing Content-Aware Crop, which will automatically fill in the extra white space to the best of its ability.

The tech is based on Adobe’s familiar Content-Aware tech, which analyzes surrounding areas and tries to guess what should be there. It’s not magic, so you get some repeating patterns and the results can obviously use a bit of cleaning up, but the examples they provide seem pretty solid.

It’s also important to remember that this will work much better with certain types of images. You’ll notice that the examples only require the software to fill in things like beaches and skies, which are easier to fudge. It can’t add in actual information that isn’t there.

It will be interesting to see what else Adobe adds in the upcoming release of Creative Cloud, which is said to be a pretty major update. What would you like to see as an addition?

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