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26 May 2016

In a post on the Photoshop Blog, Pam Clark revealed a new Content-Aware Crop option will be featured in "an upcoming major release" of Photoshop CC.

"With Content-Aware Crop," she wrote, "Photoshop looks at all the pixels around the edges of your image and automatically, seamlessly fills in the blank space with content when you expand or rotate an image."

Group Product Manager Stephen Nielson gives a brief demo in this clip:

Clark suggested a few ways to use the new tool:

  • Move the horizon by adding more sky or ground
  • Change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of your image
  • Fill in the corners when you rotate an image so you don't give up any of your pixels

This looks like Boundary Warp, which was introduced in Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC earlier this year, packed into the Crop tool.

Which makes us wonder why this will be a Photoshop-only feature. We've asked Adobe for a clarification on that point. Stay tuned.

Update (27 May): Late today Adobe responded to our question about whether or not the feature would be extended to Lightroom. The company said, "Content-Aware Crop is just one of the cool new features you can expect from the next Photoshop CC update. With this latest feature, we are extending Photoshop's existing Content-Aware technology to the Crop tool. We have no additional product or feature plans to share beyond yesterday's video and blog post."

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