More free Photoshop with Content-Aware Scale with the GIMP
If you thought that in my previous article about how to get a free Photoshop CS5 toolset based on GIMP features the content-aware fill was the only tool present on both softwares, you will get surprised once again. The tools look alike so much that a few readers even took that as an Aprils fool joke. But, I can assure that the Resynthesizer plugin of GIMP works just like the Content-Aware Fill. If you don't believe or never get the tool to work like the demos showed on the article, try that with the Healing Selection available to download in this article.
Besides the Content-Aware Fill of Photoshop CS5, there is another tool called Content-Aware Scale that might help in the process of editing an image or render, by changing the canvas size keeping the scale of the objects on the image. This is a demo video from the feature on Photoshop CS4 released a few months ago:
Now, there is another tool just like that for the GIMP for quite some time called Liquid Rescale, and it works by resizing the canvas of an image and then adjusts the contents in order to keep an object or part of the image centered, without any distortions. Here is a demo of the Liquid Rescale on GIMP:
One of the developers of the plugin called Shai Avidan was hired by Adobe to implement the content-aware scale in Photoshop back in 2007. That's the reason for the tool to be showed in Photoshop CS4 as a new feature back on the release of CS4. I can't say the same for the developer of the Resynthesizer plugin and the CS5 release, because I simply couldn't find any info related to that.
How a tool like this could help in architectural visualization? Well, I can see lots of scenarios where we could use either the Content-Aware Scale or Liquid Rescale in architecture. For instance, we could use it to fix a poor placed camera and make it focus on the right spot of the image. Another use would be to remove parts of the rendered image and rescale the content to center the objects on the frame.
If you are aware of any other Photoshop CS5 features that are already available in other tools, feel free to point them on the comments.