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With Photoshop CS5, Adobe introduced a tool called Content Aware Fill. This tool can help you remove distracting elements. Loosely select the object you want removed from the image. You do not need to trace it, but just generally circle the unwanted item. From there, right-click and select Fill, Content Aware. That's it! In most cases, the computer correctly calculates the pixels that should replace the unwanted object!

Also, feel free to crop into the image, even if that involves cropping part of the subject's head or face. I always approach this as artistic cropping that helps bring the viewer's eyes to the essential elements of the picture. You don't need to see the top of a person's head. You know what the top of his head looks like, and it's not important to the image. Cropping an image brings you close to the eyes and makes the portrait even more intimate. By cropping in so close, the viewer feels physically and emotionally close to the subject, as demonstrated in Figure 6.17.

Figure 6.17

By cropping tight into the image, the viewer feels more connected with and emotionally engaged with this bride on her wedding day.

Figure 6.17

By cropping tight into the image, the viewer feels more connected with and emotionally engaged with this bride on her wedding day.

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