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How to Save Time in Photo Editing: Extending Backgrounds Without Cloning

In this post, we'll show you how to use a simple trick to streamline your photo editing process and improve your workflow efficiency.

As a photographer, you know that one of the most time-consuming tasks in photo editing is extending backgrounds. Whether you’re trying to fit a portrait into a new frame or simply want to change the composition of a landscape shot, cloning the background can be a tedious and frustrating photo editing process. Fortunately, there’s a simple trick that can save you time and hassle: extending the background without cloning. In this post, we’ll show you how to use this trick to streamline your editing process and improve your workflow efficiency.

Photo Editing Trick

Here’s how to extend the background without cloning:

  1. Open your photo in your preferred editing software.
  2. Select the Crop tool and adjust the frame to include the area you want to extend.
  3. Click on the Content-Aware Fill option in the toolbar.
  4. Click on the area you want to extend and drag it outwards.
  5. Click OK and wait for the software to fill in the extended area.

That’s it! By using Content-Aware Fill, you can extend the background of your photo without having to manually clone it. This trick is particularly useful for portraits, landscapes, and other types of photos where the background needs to be extended.


Benefits to Photo Editing with Content Aware

Using this trick has several benefits, including:

  • Faster editing times: By eliminating the need to manually clone the background, you can save time and complete your editing tasks more quickly.
  • Improved workflow efficiency: By streamlining your editing process, you can improve your workflow efficiency and get more done in less time.
  • Better results: Content-Aware Fill is a powerful tool that can produce high-quality results, so you can be confident that your extended background will look natural and seamless.


Here are a few examples of how this trick has helped us in our own editing process:

  • Portrait editing: When editing portraits, we often need to extend the background to fit the photo into a new frame. By using Content-Aware Fill, we can extend the background quickly and easily, without having to manually clone it.
  • Landscape editing: When editing landscapes, we sometimes need to change the composition of the photo by extending the sky or the foreground. Again, Content-Aware Fill makes this process much faster and more efficient.
  • Take a look at my post over on Instagram that shows the trick in action.


Extending backgrounds is a common task in photo editing, but it doesn’t have to be a time-consuming one. By using Content-Aware Fill, you can extend the background quickly and easily, without having to manually clone it. This trick can save you time, improve your workflow efficiency, and produce better results. Give it a try and see how it can help you in your own editing process! Not sure you want to take on more editing- tasks? Shoot me an e-mail and I’m happy to help.

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