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Part III:: Compositing Magic > Simple Cropping and Fix-up Techniques

Chapter 11. Simple Cropping and Fix-up Techniques

Compositing encompasses many different techniques. You’ll need to crop photos so only the image area important to your photo is included. Often, you’ll need to straighten images that were photographed or scanned askew. The perspective of an image may be odd. That is, the viewpoint might be too low, too high, or appear “wrong” in relation to other components in the image in some three-dimensional way. Images must be corrected in many ways before they can be combined.

Another component of compositing is combining images. You may want to stack image parts on top of each other and blend them so the merger is undetectable. In other cases, the goal may be to stitch multiple images together side by side to produce a panorama. As you might suspect, these tasks are all a bit more complex than the retouching tasks you tackled in Part II. This chapter serves as your introduction to some of the easier fix-up techniques. I’m going to start with some groundwork on the kinds of attributes in photos that you’ll be trying to match as you combine images.


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