Making Over Colors to Match (continued)

use as your destination image (the one whose colors you'll want to change). I recommend using Kenai_94 as the source and Kenai_95 as the destination.

2 Overlap these two images as shown on the previous page (with Kenai_94.tif on the left and Kenai_95.tif on the right).

3 Click on Kenai_95 to make sure it is the active window.

It should be in the foreground anyway, given the overlap, but it never hurts to check.

4 Choose ImageoAdjustmentso Levels to call up the Levels dialog box.

Make sure RGB is selected in the Channel drop-down menu.

Q Double-click the White Point eyedropper in the Levels dialog box.

Doing so calls up the Color Picker dialog box.

6 Using the White Point eye-dropper, click in the source image (Kenai_94) in the cloud area just to the left of the overlap.

The color values of the sampled clouds are numerically captured in the Color Picker dialog box — as well as displayed graphically.

O Close the Color Picker dialog box.

No need to have excess stuff open on-screen. My advice: Always close what you don't need.

8 Click a part of the sky in the destination image just to the right of the overlap between the two images.

The idea here is to try to match the source and destination locations as closely as possible.

9 Click the OK button in the Levels dialog box to apply the source colors to the destination image.

You can see how the two images match each other much more closely now.

Note: Such image-matching tweaks should be done before you process any images through the Photomerge tool.

- KiniL94.tiF @ 50JS ( ^ ^ ^_- Kenai95.tif @ 5M6<RCBf8»)

- KiniL94.tiF @ 50JS ( ^ ^ ^_- Kenai95.tif @ 5M6<RCBf8»)


ometimes a makeover involves changing the content or composition of an image rather than simply adjusting what is there. A composition makeover changes what is there — and it may be as simple as cropping out an unwanted portion of an image or as dramatic as replacing an entire background or completely removing an element from an image. Other composition makeovers may be subtler, such as desaturating (otherwise known as "removing the color") or blurring one portion of an image to focus attention on another part of the image.

When you capture images with your digital camera, you can think ahead as to how you might later change the composition of an image. Since you're restricted to capturing an image with a specific dimension, such as 1600x1200 pixels (4x3 ratio), you can concentrate on capturing the critical portion of a scene in which you're interested — knowing that the image may contain elements you want to remove (or alter) later. Digital image capture provides you with this image morphing/altering capability — which opens up to you a whole world of creativity.

Many projects may consist of making more than one composition alteration to the image. You may want to crop, remove, and/or replace elements, apply selective sharpening and/or burring, and apply vignetting. When you want to effect multiple changes, you'll first want to determine the order in which you apply those changes so that you can have the best results for your image without having to redo many steps.

If this sounds complicated, don't worry. You've already seen many of the skills covered here — element selection, histogram reading and editing, curve tool adjusting, and color correction skills — in previous chapters. Now you get a chance to put them together to creatively change your images.

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