Okay, it seems I am always apologizing, but…sorry it has been so long (again)! I wanted to get back and post (like I promised) about how I extended the photo in this LO.
The original photo looked like this:
Great photo (IMHO), but not long enough on the left to fit the template. So…first thing I had to do was to flip the photo horizontally. To do this, first you must unlock the layer by double clicking on the layer name and either renaming it, or just hitting OK and it will automatically rename it “layer 0.” Next, go to Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal. Your image should now look like this:
Next, I moved the photo to a new 8×8 document and resized it to about 40%. To do this, I pressed Ctrl T (Cmd T) and typed in 40 in the height and width boxes in the menu bar and pressed enter to commit.
Next, I used the rectangular marquee to select the left side of the photo to duplicate as seen here.
I duplicated the selection by pressing Cmd J (Windows: Ctrl J). Next I moved it to the left using the move tool. Now the left side of my page (zoomed in) looks like this:
Finally, I merged the layers (Mac: Cmd E or Windows: Ctrl E).
Now, notice how the grass under the bushes starts, then stops with an abrupt straight line! That’s not acceptable! So, here comes the fun part — the clone tool! The clone tool will copy a section of your photo and place that copy wherever you click. The clone tool looks like an old fashioned stamp. Hover over a few tools until you find it. Here’s how it works:
Option (Alt) click on an area that you would like to clone or copy. Next, using a large, soft brush (mine was set at a diameter of 70 and a hardness of 0%), click on the areas that you want to fix. You will notice that the selection area keeps changing. This is because the selection area moves in relation to where you click. So, if you find that at some point you are placing black areas where you want green, it is time to reselect an area by (Alt) clicking a new selection area. I continued this process until I thought it looked seamless.
Now, since I needed even more room to the left, I repeated this entire process until I had enough room for the photo to fit the template.
Hope you learned something today. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away!