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Chapter 12. Compositing to Improve a Picture > Relocating Objects in an Image

Relocating Objects in an Image

Moving an object around within an image can be a piece of cake. In many cases, you’ll simply want to put the object somewhere close by, so it’s very likely that the size, proportions, and lighting of the object being moved will already match the rest of the image. Things only get tricky when you want to move something from the foreground to the background (or vice versa) or intend to flip the object horizontally and/or vertically so the lighting no longer matches. For this next part of the project, we’re simply going to relocate the woman to the far left side of the wall.

When you’re relocating instead of removing an object, the process is only slightly different. Ordinarily, you don’t have to worry about removing or retouching the part of the photo that will be covered by the relocated object. Because we were removing our tourist from the scenic photo in the last section, we did a little extra work (that is, removing the fence railing from the part that she will now cover), but it was good practice. To work on this section, you need the copy you saved of rockwall.pcx with the woman removed, plus the original photo that had her perched in the middle. Follow these steps to give her a new home in the photo:


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