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Why is my content aware button greyed out?

New Here ,
Jul 18, 2015 Jul 18, 2015

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My content aware button is greyed out.  Why?

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LEGEND ,
Jul 18, 2015 Jul 18, 2015

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Which one?

Did you remember to make a selection first?

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New Here ,
Sep 19, 2015 Sep 19, 2015

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I've has PS for 24 hours and already my content aware button under fill is grayed out. I watched a video on repairing damaged pix's, so if the above "did I make a selection first?" comment is supposed to make me feel better about PS, or teach me something, It did not. I shut down restarted. HOW DO I GET CONTENT AWARE back???????

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 19, 2015 Sep 19, 2015

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Can you show screen shots? Maybe you're on a layer that can't use content aware fill, like a smart object.

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New Here ,
Sep 19, 2015 Sep 19, 2015

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I completely deleted the pix (the VERY FIRST pix) I did. I don't know how to do layers, but in case, I have it set to "photograpy" on right side, and hit reset photograpy. I shut down program, reopened and added completely new pix. I'd send you a screen shot, but unless I can get my phone which has a rear camera, you're over estimating the term "beginner" I have used PS years ago, and was able to redo old pixs, the video showing content aware made me extremely excited (lot of my pixs been destroyed (house fire/water damage). There HAS to be a RESET, or total flaw! thank you for trying

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 19, 2015 Sep 19, 2015

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You do not need a camera to take screenshots. Here's how to take and post them: FAQ: How do I capture and post a screen shot or video?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 19, 2015 Sep 19, 2015

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To Reset Content Aware Fill box, hold down the Alt key on your keyboard. The Cancel button will change to Reset. Click on that Reset to get it  back to defaults.

This tutorial should help you:

Fix photos with Content-Aware | Adobe Photoshop CC tutorials

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New Here ,
Jan 12, 2021 Jan 12, 2021

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Keep at it mate , it gets easier. I wanted to throw my computer at the wall when I first started.

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Explorer ,
Apr 11, 2020 Apr 11, 2020

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I keep coming to this thread and comment like a dumb person doing the same mistake all over again! 

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New Here ,
Jul 31, 2020 Jul 31, 2020

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Hi I'm trying to extend parts of a background layer duplicate which is not locked. It doesnt seem to matter what kind of selection I have, content aware and many other options are still grayed out.screenshotps.jpg

when not selected I can at least transform and scale up. but I would like to extend parts of the image using content aware fill.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 16, 2017 Jun 16, 2017

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I don't know if this is the most appropriate way to resolve this issue, but it worked for me.

- After image is placed, I keep the layer selected and Command + J to duplicate it. (Work from this layer).

- Go to top: Layer > Smart Objects > Rasterize

- Once you've made your selection (with Lasso or Patch tool) you should be able to Edit Fill now.

I'm not sure why Smart Objects can't use Content Aware Fill seamlessly, but this way might help you.

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New Here ,
Aug 09, 2019 Aug 09, 2019

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casper11  escribió

I don't know if this is the most appropriate way to resolve this issue, but it worked for me.

- After image is placed, I keep the layer selected and Command + J to duplicate it. (Work from this layer).

- Go to top: Layer > Smart Objects > Rasterize

- Once you've made your selection (with Lasso or Patch tool) you should be able to Edit Fill now.

I'm not sure why Smart Objects can't use Content Aware Fill seamlessly, but this way might help you.

That works for me. Thank you so much.

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New Here ,
Jul 31, 2020 Jul 31, 2020

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Thank you for the tips, but it didn't work for me.

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New Here ,
Dec 13, 2020 Dec 13, 2020

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me neither. i can't click the rasterized, it's greyed out.

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New Here ,
Sep 30, 2020 Sep 30, 2020

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it works like a magic.....thank u so so much

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New Here ,
Nov 19, 2021 Nov 19, 2021

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LATEST
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- Go to top: Layer > Smart Objects > Rasterize

By @casper11

Thank you!

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New Here ,
Jul 30, 2018 Jul 30, 2018

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Hello, Suzane. I had this same question today, and the way that I solved it was by using the lasso tool (L) to select a smudge on my lens, hitting SHIFT + F5, clicking on "Contents:", and clicking on content-aware. I hope this helps anyone who stumbles on this forum!

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New Here ,
Jul 31, 2020 Jul 31, 2020

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I tried this, but unfortunately it did not work for me either, but thank you.

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New Here ,
Oct 07, 2020 Oct 07, 2020

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Rasterize the layer whose content you want to fill. It should work.

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New Here ,
Jan 06, 2021 Jan 06, 2021

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make sure the layer that you are trying to fill isn't locked 

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New Here ,
Mar 06, 2021 Mar 06, 2021

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You have to rasterize the layer that you want to use content-aware fill on. Just right click the layer and there is an option called "Rasterize Layer" Once you do that, the buttons shouldn't be greyed out.

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New Here ,
Mar 15, 2021 Mar 15, 2021

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Check if this layer is linked with another layer that does not allow content-aware scale

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Explorer ,
Oct 03, 2021 Oct 03, 2021

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Make a selection in your image first, then choose the Fill button from the Edit menu.

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