Image Manipulation

Painter provides most of the same tools for editing photos that you'll find in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, though some are named and organized a bit differently. We can easily make a composite using the Lasso tool (it's a roommate of the Rectangular and Oval Selection tools) followed by the Copy and Paste commands. Figure 5.22 shows how nicely (and quickly) these two photos can be blended. The layered RIFF file is also available in the Honolulu folder, as beachjadyjayered.

Well, there is one thing about the composite that's not quite right. The post that begins just at the feet of the couple now appears to end 20 yards or so out toward the ocean in the beach lady image. You can simply ignore it because the photo is only going to be used for reference. But if it really bothers you, or you want to practice some retouching techniques, here's how to eliminate it.

Choose the Rubber Stamp tool, which shares a space in the Toolbox with the Cloner. You'll use this to apply pixels from one area of the image to another. We'll clone clear sky, shaggy roof, and sand over the post. Holding down the Option/Alt key, click on the point you want to designate as the source. A number 1 will appear alongside a green dot. Now begin painting over the target area that you want to cover. Figure 5.23 shows the process. The section on the left has the source indicated, and some of the sky and the shaggy roof has been painted out. Establish a new source pixel for sand to clone over the bottom of the post.

Figure 5.22

The best of both beaches.

Figure 5.22

The best of both beaches.

Figure 5.23

Now you see it, now you don't.

Figure 5.23

Now you see it, now you don't.

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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