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The benefits of digital over Film =(

Ok, I have to admit that although I HEART film... there are a few benefits that digital has to offer that are pretty helpful when it comes to furthering your creativity.  I would like to introduce the idea of film/digital manipulation! Today I went out for a little creative stroll at one of my favorite places to photograph, the cemetery. I don't know what it is about cemeteries that I love but its the place I go whenever I feel like I have a case of photographer's block.  

I would like to begin this manipulation tutorial with a photo of a fence That I took today.  

 

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As you can The photo looks pretty good just as it is, but something about it feels incomplete. I think it might look better if the left part of the frame had an end post like the right does! =) 

Step 1 is to use the marquee tool to select the right side of the photo.  

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Once selected the next step is to copy it and open a new document located under the file menu. By copying the selection first and then opening a new document it sizes that new document to the same size of the copied selection.  After the new document is made you next step is to paste the copied selection to the new document. 

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Once the copied to the new document the next step is to flip the image by selecting FIlm canvas horizontal located under Image-> Image rotation. 

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Once rotated your next step is to respect the flipped image and copy it to the original photo.  

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Ok we are almost done!!! The finial step is the most important if you want it to look natural. Next you will need to mask the copied layer and use the brush tool to paint out the copied image to make it look natural.

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If done right It should look something like what you see above! =) 

William HarrisComment