How can I extend the background of an image?


I have purchased this stock image:

Watermarked Stock Image for Example Only

I wish to extend the pebble background substantially, to fill the image around 4x wider, keeping the same height.

So far I've tried:

  • Using PS CS5 content-aware filler, though whilst it starts out ok as you extend it a little bit, it begins to repeat the exact same background giving an extremely unnatural and badly edited look as you extend further.
  • Using the Clone tool and Spot healing after stretching and cut-pasting various bits, after an hour of fiddling it becomes uncertain whether the image is getting better or worse and using this method will take forever and a day.

There must be a combination of the thousands of tools in Photoshop or CS5 that will help me do this much faster.

Any suggestion, blogs, guides or tutorials for this are welcome and appreciated.

7/6/2013 12:04:00 PM

Accepted Answer

If it were me, I'd find a photo of gravel that was similar to the background of that image. Then extract the turtles from the original image and place them on the other (larger) background image, recreating shadows as necessary.

Extracting the turtles and using a separate background image will provide much better results than trying to extend that limited background, especially due to the complex, subtle, variations in the gravel.

6/18/2013 6:58:00 AM