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Chapter 11. Simple Cropping and Fix-up T... > Fixing Compositions with Cropping

Fixing Compositions with Cropping

The first thing you’ll probably do with any image that you plan to use as the basis for a composite is to crop it carefully. Cropping eliminates extraneous subject matter from the photo, enhances the overall composition, and neatly eliminates the need to retouch anything that’s in the area cropped out. For example, there’s a nasty old chuckhole in the foreground of the photo of the castle at Alarcon, Spain, shown in Figure 11.4. Your choices are to use a combination of darkening and retouching, as I did in the left portion of Figure 11.5, or simply crop it out, as I did in the right portion of Figure 11.5. You’ll notice I composited in some clouds. We’ll experiment with clouds in a later chapter.

Figure 11.4. How to get rid of the chuckhole in the foreground?



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