Step 2: Create Mirrored Tree

The objective of this step is to select a portion of the image between the middle of two trees, copy it, and paste it back into the image. Then, flip it horizontally and slide it to the right so that part of the image is mirrored.

■ Click the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) in Tools palette. In the Options bar, set Feather to 0 pixels and Style to Normal.

■ Double-click the document Window title bar to maximize it. Using a maximized window makes it easier to select an image all the way to the edges.

■ Choose View ^ Fit on Screen (Ctrl+0) to make the image as large as it can be by using one of the standard enlargement factors and yet have all of it be visible.

■ Click the Rectangular Marquee tool just below the image and in line with the middle of the largest tree; drag the marquee up toward the left until the left side of the marquee is in the middle of another tree, as shown in Figure 30.3.

■ Choose Layer ^ New ^ Layer via Copy (Ctrl+J) to copy the selection and paste it back into the image as a layer.

■ Choose Edit ^ Transform ^ Flip Horizontal to flip the pasted layer horizontally.

■ Click the Move tool (V) in the Tools palette. Press Shift and click inside the pasted portion of the image and move it toward the right until the two middles of the big tree mirror, as shown in Figure 30.4. Pressing Shift will help you to keep the image aligned vertically with the Background.

■ To make final adjustments to the location of the pasted layer, click the Zoom tool (Z). Click once and drag the Zoom selection marquee around the largest tree so that it fills up the desktop.

■ Once again, click the Move tool (V) in the Tools palette. Now press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow keys to move the pasted layer 1 pixel at a time. If you press Shift and one of the arrow keys, the layer will move 10 pixels at a time. Keep making adjustments until the tree is perfectly symmetrical.

■ After the layer is accurately positioned, choose Layer ^ Flatten Image to flatten the layer.

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