Adobe is bringing content-aware cropping to Photoshop

Written by Jaymin Shah

If you’ve every tried to crop a photo (and in the age of Instagram, who hasn’t?) or simply adjust the horizon line, you know how hard it can be to find just the right crop that allows you to focus on what you want to highlight in a picture without cutting other important parts out of it or leaving you with white edges.adobe content awareIf you’re a Photoshop user, you may soon have to maker fewer trade-offs when cropping images. Adobe is bringing the same technology that already powers its content-aware fill, move patch to photo cropping, too.

June is approaching and so is a new major release of Adobe’s flagship product, the Creative Cloud suite, made up of several utilities aimed at creatives.

To get people excited about what’s coming in the company’s upcoming version, Adobe released today a teaser of a new feature.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the new cropping option has a direct tie to Photoshop’s now infamous Content-Aware Fill feature, and naturally, works in the same way.

Content-Aware Fill works by allowing users to delete a small part of their photo and relying on Photoshop to add computer-generated content to the deleted section, based on what’s near the removed area.

Content-Aware Crop works in a similar manner, but when you crop (cut-out) photos. The most obvious use case for this tool is when you’re cropping tilted photos.

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As you’ll see in the video below, users can rotate the photo until the horizon line is leveled, and then use the crop tool, with the Content-Aware Crop option enabled, to crop the photo, even by going over its edges.

In the sections of the photos where the user has cropped empty space, instead of white blobs, Photoshop will use the same Content-Aware Fill algorithm to generate and fill in the picture.

Further, the tool works even with large portions of the image, not just tiny areas, which makes it very useful for amateur photographers that sometimes muddle their photos. Ideally, Content-Aware Crop could be used to add more sky or more ground to a cropped image, helping artists center their photos.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is technically worth an entire book. So here’s the video. Now relax and enjoy the magic.

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Jaymin Shah

Jaymin Shah is a tech entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of TechOptimals. He has made a name for himself in the tech media world as a writer relentlessly covering Technology, in addition to a broad range of startups. Contact Jaymin at

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