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Chapter 12. Creative Techniques > Compositing Images

Compositing Images

Combining multiple images together to create a single merged image is called compositing, and the possibilities for compositing are endless. You can combine different digital photos or scanned images to create effects that range from subtle to spectacular to silly. For example, you can replace a landscape’s clear blue sky with a dramatic sunset, create complex, multilayered photo collages, or replace the face of the Mona Lisa with that of your Uncle Harold. We’ll explore just a few of the ways you can composite images with Photoshop Elements.

Photoshop Elements lets you combine pictures in ways that would be difficult or even impossible to accomplish in the darkroom. The selection tools let you isolate the parts of an image you want to use, and the Layers palette provides a powerful and elegant tool for combining and merging different image elements. Though you can do some compositing without the aid of the Layers palette (cloning parts of an image from one file to another, for example), layers give you much more flexibility to move and adjust and modify one area of an image while leaving other areas untouched.


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