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3 4 G R A P H I C S P R O A P R I L 2 0 2 2 G R A PH I C S - PR O.C O M S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G T H E D I G I T A L E Y E some of the pixels from that layer. at's OK if you want to keep it smaller. If you change your mind and want to make it bigger again you will compromise the quality of the element. To prevent this, right-click the layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. Now you can transform an element as much as you like without a loss in quality — and also use lters non- destructively. To undo the smart object, go to the Layers menu and choose Rasterize > Smart Object. WORKFLOW Here is a typical step-by-step workow for selecting source images and compositing them to a new document. 1. Start by making an accurate selec- tion on the source photo. (Fig. 6A) 2. Choose Select and Mask and then choose appropriate viewing mode from the pull-down menu. (Fig. 6B) 3. Control the edge of the selection by rening its edge using one of the Select and Mask controls. (Fig. 6C) 4. Add a feather radius that will gradu- ally blur the edge into transparency. (Fig. 6D) 5. Set the Output Options to New Layer with Layer Mask. Click OK. (Fig. 6E) 6. Choose the Move tool and drag the content (which is on a new separate layer) to the destination document. Position the new content over the area you want to replace. 7. Scale or rotate or otherwise trans- form the contents of the layer. 8. If necessary, apply a bit of dodging, burning, cloning, and/or color cor- rection to get the images to look natural. (Fig. 6F) Fig. 6A Fig. 6B Fig. 6C

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