Content Aware Fill
I haven't been using content-aware fill in photoshop much in the past but sometimes this feature simply amazes me. When I photographed this Table 70 photo for Vivo Restaurant in Chicago I was asked whether it would be possible to remove the metal rails on the side. Since this was a quick photo to be used on Vivo's restaurant web site in pretty small size it was worth spending tons of time to remove it. So I thought… hmmm, I wonder how content-aware will behave here. And it did such an incredible job here. Given the bricks, rails going over the curtains and stairs, I thought it would not look very good. Oh boy, how wrong was I! Below are examples of before and after. The only tool used was content-aware fill and then in two places I used the clone tool to match the stairs edges. It was literally two click with the clone properly aligned with the edges.
If you are not familiar with the content-aware fill it is super easy to use. Simply select the Lasso Tool (L), draw around the object you want to remove with the Lasso Tool. Then right right in your selection and select the Fill option. The Fill dialog will open, under Use select Content-Aware. And that's it!
Of course as any tool it doesn't work properly 100% of the times but there are so many situations this is a such a time saver. Leave a comment if you have any questions, recommendation or just general thoughts:)