Doing an Image Extraction and Addition Makeover (continued)

0 Choose LayeroLayeroLayer via Copy to make a copy of the sandstone selection and place it on its own layer.

The Layers palette makes a note of the new addition.

O In the Layers palette, doubleclick the layer label and rename the layer SS.

Always go with descriptive names when naming layers. (Here SS stands for sandstone.)

p Still in the Layers palette, click and drag the SS layer above the Juniper layer and then toggle on the view that shows the Juniper layer.

The juniper tree now appears behind the sandstone outcropping.

Taz's Take: The anti-alias and 1-pixel Feather settings create a natural-looking transition from outcrop to tree trunk.

The juniper tree now fits in (somewhat) better with its surroundings, but you'll notice that the original Arches_Juniper image had the tree in shadow, whereas the Red_Rocks surroundings are fully exposed to the sun. We'd better lighten the tree a bit to make it fit with its new (sunnier) surroundings.

a Click the Juniper layer in the Layers palette to make it active.

S Choose ImageOAdjustmentsO Curves.

The Curves dialog box makes an appearance.

d Click and drag the midtone point of the curve up 20-30% to lighten the tree.

The idea here is to make the tree's luminance more in line with that of the surrounding area.

The finished product (check out the image below) shows Red Rocks with a (rather solitary) juniper tree added to its outcroppings.

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