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Photoshop Image Editing Tips

This page is designed for the beginning graphics student that may benefit from image editing tips.

Creating a Floating Background Image

Object of Digital Image Manipulation: Float a faded image of a horse behind text
The background of the original image was removed using the Polygon Lasso tool in Photoshop, then the horse was faded by changing brightness to the point where text would show up that was on top of the image. The image was positioned so it would always remain in the middle of the browser screen using css and fixed positioning.

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The background faded.

image of Raisor with no background

The background removed.

image of Raisor with background

The original image with background.

Turning 2 Photos into a Panorama Image

Object of digital image manipulation: join two photos to make a panorama image
This image was originally 2 different photos taken side by side with the two photos just barely overlapping in the center. The excess was cut off where the two edges of the two photos joined together, then the excess on top and bottom was also cut off.

St. Mary's Lake, Glacier Park, Montana, left image
St. Mary's Lake, Glacier Park, Montana, right image

Because the color of the sky is slightly affected by the angle of the camera to the sun, when you move the camera left or right to get the next shot, the two photos have a slightly different color where they join (the image on right is lighter than the one on the left). The image on the left was lightened by adjusting brightness until it matched the one on the right. Then the joined edges of the two photos were blended with the smudge tool and rubber stamp tool in Photoshop so the edge was less noticeable.

The photo was then lightened and a blue tint applied in Photoshop.

St. Mary's Lake, Glacier Park, Montana
St. Mary's Lake, Glacier Park, Montana

Rearranging Image Background

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Original Untouched Image
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Finished image manipulation

Object of Digital Image Manipulation: Center horses near the middle of the photo
The first step was to take out the white building and replace the resulting empty space with bottom of the trees using the rubber stamp tool in Photoshop. The canvas was widened and more trees were added (some were reversed and branches added so they wouldn't look like the original) and then pasted back on the left side of the photo. Grass was copied from right side of photo and pasted onto left and the same with the sky. Then everything was blended in where needed. The title was added and a shadow added under the image.

Lori Eldridge
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