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From the author of Compositing


Although Photoshop had been used for a long time to enhance photos, it really entered the popular consciousness for its ability to move objects around in a composition—namely, swapping people's heads. In addition to its other tools, Handy Photo includes a Move Me feature for displacing or duplicating areas. (Other apps, such as Adobe's Photoshop Touch ($9.99), include similar features.)

  1. Open a photo in Handy Photo.
  2. Tap the Tools menu in the top-right corner of the screen and choose the Move Me tool.
  3. Using the paintbrush or the lasso tool, select the item you wish to move or duplicate (Figure 11). To refine the edges of the selection, tap the Optimize Selection button (second down on the right edge).
  4. Figure 11 Choose an area to move or duplicate.

  5. Tap one of the buttons in the same right-side panel to either move (third from top) or duplicate (bottom) the selection. The painted area becomes a proper selection box on its own temporary layer.
  6. Drag the item to a new location. You can also resize it by pinching with two fingers within the selection; rotate it by dragging the selection handles; apply transformations such as opacity and saturation; and adjust the feathering of the selection to make it blend better into its surroundings (Figure 12).
  7. Figure 12 I've duplicated, moved, resized, and adjusted the saturation of the center balloon to create a new one.

  8. Tap the Merge button to add the object to the scene. The app also lets you make another copy or move the object to a different photo. Repeat the process with any other objects (such as the reflection in the water) until you're happy with the end result (Figure 13 ).
  9. Tap the Apply button to finish.
  10. Figure 13 The composited photo.

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