Image layers and masking




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    Larry Moore

    I gave it a try and had success using the following steps:

    1. New/original image and make any adjustments that you want/need to the original

    2. Create stamped layer and make any adjustments you want/need, including transform.

    3. Reduce opacity as needed to see both layers in opposing views

    4. Use masking brush, both erase and paint will be needed.

    This worked for me.

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    Anastasia Davis

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    Ian Murrell


    The method put forward by Larry Moore worked for me.

    I found I could get away with no brush work by using the gradient mask tool with the outer lines set as close to each other as possible, and then readjusting the two transforms slightly.

    Note that after Larry's step 4, you can reset the opacity of the stamped layer back to 100%.

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    Ian Murrell


    I've had another play. This way no masking at all is required.

    1. Open image
    2. Select the layer, then Layer Transform
    3. Drag the right side of image left to half the original width. Click on Done
    4. Duplicate the layer
    5. On the new (duplicated layer) select Layer Transform
    6. Flip the image horizontally.
    7. Drag the left hand side of the image right. As you do it will expose the image from the layer below. Stop when at the point where there is just a slight overlap at the centre. Click on Done.

    I should point out that after opening the image in step 1 and before step 2, you can make edits to the original photo, providing those edits are all on the original base layer. With this method you can't use either the clone and stamp, or erase tools as these automatically create new layers.


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