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Over here on the right we'll make a selection again. Let's use the Marquee tool, because it's just a pretty simple and easy selection tool. Here we'll click and drag over this part of our fireplace. The next step of course is to choose our good old Content-Aware Move tool. Making sure our mode is on Extend, and then we'll click and drag this over to the right, and then let go, what that will allow us to do is to extend this over to that area. Now in doing that one of the things that I noticed is that if we zoom in a little bit on this picture, I notice that the edge that it created here isn't perfect, so I'm going to press Command+Z on a Mac or Ctrl+Z on Windows, and here I'm going to try that again.
I'm just going to click and drag this over a little bit, and if it doesn't work perfectly, well, I can always mask out what I've done. In this case Photoshop had some trouble with this line, so we can fix that. Go to Select and choose Deselect, and then on this layer you can create a mask. So here we'll click on the Add layer mask icon and then we can grab our Brush tool and paint with black. So I'll select the Brush tool, choose black as my foreground color, and then here we'll just paint that original line back in, so that now we've extended this on both sides, we just want to make sure that both of those edges look pretty good.
And then finally, last but not the least I want to crop this image so that my edges are just perfect. You notice there's a little gap and a little handle on that side, so I'll go back to the good old Crop tool. I can select that by clicking on this icon and then I'm just going to either hover over one of my corner points or side points here, and then I can move this around. Once you've created a crop, did you know you can use your arrow keys to kind of nudge that around to get it just perfect? I like to use that technique, just because it allows you to be really precise.
Well, here now that I've extended the canvas, I'm going to then apply this crop. If ever we want to undo that, we always can, all of those pixels are still there, because we turned off that option to Delete the crop pixels. Let's choose the Move tool, so we can evaluate the photograph and then here it is. If we click on this, you can see there is our before, now here is our after. And in this case we use this technique in order to extend the canvas and to simplify the photograph.
And it's almost done; we've done a great job at extending things. The last thing that I want to do is I want to bring over a little bit of this area to the other side of the picture. I don't like how the gap between the subject and the curtain on the fireplace is different on this side. So rather than using Extend, we're going to do something which is actually pretty simple. Here we'll click on the Marquee tool one more time, we'll select this area of our photograph and we'll just make a nice selection there, and we'll click in the layer that has this selection.
Next, press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on windows. Essentially what we've done is we've copied this up to a new layer. Next then we're going to go ahead and move this to the other side of our frame, so here we can go ahead and click and drag this over here to the side of our image, and then we can flip this around, and you can flip this by pressing Command+T on a Mac or Ctrl+T on Windows, then you can right-click or Ctrl+Click, here we'll choose Flip Horizontal.
Now that we've done that, you can press Enter or Return and what we'll see is that this will then come into this area of our photograph, so that we then have this edge here. Well, after having brought that over so that these gaps are a little bit more close, I just need to mask off the top, as we did before. So we'll click on the Add Layer Mask icon, grab our Brush tool and then finally paint with black over the top of this part of the image, and also, perhaps a little bit along this edge just to kind of smooth out that edge there a little bit.
All right, well now that we've done that, I think the image has a little bit of a nicer symmetry to it. And we've accomplished this, we've reduced and simplified by using these handful of different techniques. By combining these techniques together, we've created a poignant and interesting portrait. All right, well let's take a look at that before and after, here it is our before and then now our after.
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