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Q1:I tried to move some grass to cover a bare spot on the lawn, but it’s not a very good match. What can I do?
A1: Depends on why it’s not a good match. Is the color off? Add an adjustment layer coupled to the grass, and make it greener or browner. Did you make the selection too square? Using a freehand Lasso selection usually gives a less obvious selection. Feathering the edges helps, too.
Q2:My teenaged son saw the Tom Cruise wedding picture and wants a poster of himself hugging Britney Spears. (Thanks a lot!) Now, what do I do?
A2: Start by having him do an Internet search for her in the right pose with some other guy. Then shoot a picture of him in a similar position. Splice the two together at any convenient point. Or, just tell him it’s a copyright violation and you can’t do it.
Q3:I have a full-face portrait of my grandfather, but something’s stuck to one side of his face. Can I copy the other side and flip it to replace the bad side?
A3: It’s certainly worth trying, but don’t be too disappointed if it doesn’t look right. Faces are almost never symmetrical, and it’s the differences that give us character. Try replacing as little as possible. If you can leave the eye and the corner of the mouth as original, you can probably get away with replacing the cheek and ear.


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