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Chapter 5. Compositing in Photoshop CS >  Your Compositing Toolkit

Your Compositing Toolkit

Ads for photographic-oriented products like image editors and printers are one venue in which creating outlandish image combinations is definitely okay. In fact, if you look closely at some of the ads for Photoshop or Epson printers in the past few years, you’d think that high-end image editing programs and photo-quality printers are used primarily to transplant the Eiffel Tower to Sunset Boulevard or print images of trees made out of human bodies.

However, compositing also has more mundane applications that involve nothing more than blending several photos with no overt intention to deceive. The goal here is to combine the best features of four or five flawed images to produce a postcard quality photo that doesn’t scream fake until you look at it very closely. To make this chapter even more interesting, we’ll work with some out-take photos. Some of them were dark, blurry, or otherwise defective in ways that would ordinarily keep them out of the shoebox. I kept these rejects for the same reason the miser kept a box carefully labeled “Pieces of string not worth saving.” You never know when an odd image can come in handy!


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