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Old 02-12-2009, 09:37 AM
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Default CS3 BT - i thought there was an option to compress/expand a certain portion of an image

for example, this image i want to print on canvas. unfortunately, the left side of the tower would be cut off if i did a gallery wrap. if i wanted to extend that side would i just make the canvas size larger, select a certain portion of the left image, select free transform, then extend it a bit? or is there another/better way?

<img src="http://images44.fotki.com/v1417/photos/5/51621/7031456/IMG_0376-vi.jpg">

second question would be how to compress a certain part of a picture. i remember reading some example a while back where they basically removed the middle of an image and everything lined up/cleaned up smoothly. i'd like to do something similar. not necessarily with this image, but something like it where i'd like for it to fit in say an 8x10 print, but not crop out the sides.

<img src="http://images30.fotki.com/v472/photos/5/51621/7031456/IMG_0372-vi.jpg">


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Old 02-12-2009, 09:43 AM
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Default there is a better way

1. duplicate layer

2. enlarge canvas on left side

3. copy sky on the right side and move it to the left onto another layer. Mask this so that it blends seamlessly into the sky towards the middle. You may have to create a non-linear mask, i.e. paint mask sections so the 2 skies blend.

4. Color correct so the blend appears natural. Use eyedropper to sample colors and compare numerical values in areas

5. Extend the 'cable' that goes to the tower

6. Optional, to create another layer on top of the whole thing and add a gradient (black to transparent). Choose soft light transfer on that to 'saturate' the left side a bit more than the right. Use opacity changes on that layer so it creates a natural, more believable shift in the light

7. Merge and add a little bit of noise
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:14 AM
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Default Petri made the post about compressing a couple months ago

as far as the left side of that first photo. I dont see why you couldnt cheat it the little bit you need to with the free transform method.
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i thought that was a CS4 tool?
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What tool?
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Old 02-12-2009, 11:08 AM
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It's the CS4 content-aware scale tool. It makes compressing images quite easy.
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Default quick-n-dirty ...

You'll have to compress teh **** out of that one to get it to 8x10. No way to achieve that dimension without also cropping, so I pushed the right side as far left as possible then let the rest fall outside the 8x10 framing. Probably could have clipped off some of the left side to give room for more of the right side, but this was only a 5-minute mockup.

<img src="http://www.planet42.net/forums/photochop/IMG_0372-vi_8x10.jpg">

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<img src="http://images30.fotki.com/v472/photos/5/51621/7031456/IMG_0372-vi.jpg">

Obvious what I did here, but it took less than 10 minutes ... so with more time and care it could easily be done seamlessly.

<img src="http://www.planet42.net/forums/photochop/IMG_0376-vi_add.jpg">

Original

<img src="http://images44.fotki.com/v1417/photos/5/51621/7031456/IMG_0376-vi.jpg">
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Default sounds complicated. i haven't done much with masks.

but i'll give it a shot tonight. thanks!
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