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Summary

This hour has been about making composite images. Composites are pictures from two or more sources, either two different images or an image plus type. The trick to creating a successful composite is making the images relate to each other. This can be done with reflections, cast shadows or glows, and other tricks that you can apply. You learned how to use layer styles to add a quick glow or drop shadow, and how to use them as part of the image, taking a background pattern or a frame to add to your own picture. You learned about bevels and how to paint with three-dimensional substances such as gold and toothpaste.

You also learned how to create adjustment layers and layer masks to control how particular adjustments affect your image. You learned that blending modes can apply to layers as well as to the brush tools, and some give unexpected results. You learned about the Effects palette, and how to work with it. There are type effects, frame effects, and image effects. Many of these are easy to create from scratch, and doing so gives you much more flexibility. You learned about mirror images, and about distortions. Finally, you learned how to use Photomerge to create panoramic pictures.


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