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Chapter 12. Compositing to Improve a Picture > Adding New Objects to a Photo

Adding New Objects to a Photo

One of the most important skills you can acquire in becoming an adept photo compositor is the ability to deftly add objects to your photos in such a way that they don’t look pasted in. Placing an object in a photo so it blends in smoothly with its surroundings can be tricky, but I’m going to show you your own set of tricks, including a selection method you may not have tried before.

We’re going to work with the file moat.pcx on the CD-ROM that accompanies this book. You’ll also need a fresh copy of rockwall.pcx, used in the last couple exercises, because we’re going to extract part of that image and drop it into a new one. The moat photo can be seen in Figure 12.9. It’s an old castle-type residence surrounded by a very cool-looking, moat-type body of water, and with a background of very blah-type sky. The photo would look much better if the sky had some clouds in it and the image in the moat were a little more dramatic. There’s a right way and a wrong way to provide this fix. I’m going to show you both.


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