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Move Part of a Photo

To Another Photo

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This is the basic process for moving part of a photograph to another photograph.

Let's say you photographed hot-air balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

You want to move one of the hot-air balloons to a photograph of Mars.

1) Open the photographs.

2) Click on the hot-air-balloon photograph in the Photo Bin.

3) Select the balloon.

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A white border was added to better show the selection.

4) Press Ctrl + j or Cmd + j.

The command copies the selected balloon to a new layer.

The balloon is now on a layer all by itself.

The layer is active (highlighted in blue).

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5) Select the Move tool.

If you're doing a lot of moving, press the letter v on your keyboard, to go to the Move tool.

6) Click the Photo Bin icon in the lower-left corner to reopen it.

7) Click on the balloon, hold, move the cursor to the Mars photograph in the Photo Bin, and release the mouse button.

The balloon is now on Mars.

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Resizing the Balloon

But, the balloon is too big.

Mouse over one of the corner boxes (called handles), hold, and drag inward.

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Click the green checkmark to accept the change.

If you need to enlarge something, instead, drag a corner handle outward.

If you can't see the corner handles, press Ctrl + - or Cmd + -, repeatedly, until you can see a corner handle.

Resizing Cautions

Here are three cautions:

1) When you mouse over one of the corner handles, the cursor changes to two straight arrows (see above).

If the cursor is two curved arrows, you'll rotate the balloon.

2) If you mouse over one of the handles on the side, you'll distort the balloon.

To resize, always mouse over a corner handle.

3) Be sure to click the green checkmark after resizing.

If you don't, you can't do anything further in Photoshop Elements.

Moving the Balloon

To move the balloon, make sure the Move tool is selected.

Click and hold on the balloon, and move your mouse.

To position the balloon more precisely, use the arrow keys on your keyboard.

If you press and hold Shift, while using the arrow keys, the movement is faster.

Move an Entire Photo

To Another Photo

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This is the basic process for moving an entire photograph to another photograph.

Let's say you want to place the exterior view of the auditorium on the interior view.

1) Open the photographs.

2) Click on the exterior photograph in the Photo Bin.

3) Select the Move tool.

4) Click the Photo Bin icon in the lower-left corner to reopen it.

5) Click on the exterior photograph in the work space (not on its layer), hold, move the cursor to the interior photograph in the Photo Bin, and release the mouse button.

6) If needed, resize and reposition the exterior photograph as described above.

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