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Chapter 5. Compositing in Photoshop CS >  Compositing Possibilities

Compositing Possibilities

Here’s a quick summary of some of the other things you can do with compositing. You’ll want to try your hand at all of these as you become a Photoshop CS master.

  • Remove large objects. You can’t retouch large objects out of a photo, but you can replace an unsightly barn, brother-in-law, or auto junkyard in the background with something else, such as trees, a mountain, or a lake.

  • Relocate things in the photo. Compositing gives you the opportunity to correct faulty compositions, change the center of interest in a photo, or make something else a little easier to see.

  • Replace components of the photograph. That photo of your home looks great, but you no longer own that car parked out front. Drop in a picture of your new jalopy using Photoshop CS’s compositing techniques.

  • Adding new objects to a photo. Could your beach scene use some palm trees? Would you like to see J-Lo standing in the middle of your class reunion photo? Do you hope to work for a tabloid newspaper some day? Experiment with adding objects using compositing.

  • Squeeze things together, or stretch them apart. If you have a picture that is too wide for your intended use, you can often take the left and right halves, overlap them, disguise the seam, and end up with a narrower photo that fits, but doesn’t look distorted.


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