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Photograph edges and overlapping photos
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Photograph edges and overlapping photos to hide sharp edges

Step 1. Open the first photo, then > double click to make it a layer and not a background.

Step 2. Use more layers, keep the middle photo on Layer 2.

Step 3. Open the left side photo in its own file and make sure that all photo/image size resolutions are the same.

Step 4. Open the right side photo in its own file and again ensure the photo/image size resolutions are the same.
Step 5. Photo 1 file, choose > Image > Canvas Size > then change the canvas height to allow drawing room AND change the canvas width that allows all three photos PLUS a little drawing room.

Make sure you pick the 'move by middle' arrow option (or what suits you)

Step 6. On the photo 2 file, drag across to Photo 1 file (or select all, cut and paste)

Step 7. Do this with Photo 3 also.

This should give you three layers.

Press Ctrl S (save the file as .psd)

Step 8. On layer that holds Photo 2, choose > Edit > Transform > Scale

Step 9. The layer (photo 2) now has grab handles around it. HOLD Shift key and move those to alter the height. Not holding shift means non-proportional scaling.

Use two windows if you really want absolute accuracy without always zooming in and out. To do so, Choose > Window > Arrange > New window for....(filename)

Tip: use rulers and guidelines, you can access these by just clicking and dragging from the top or left window panes.

Repeat the same for Photo 3.

Final quick treatments to hide any pixel overlaps/errors or mis match colors etc.

Use the Eraser Tool in Blur Brush and Less Opacity. To do so, click the Eraser Tool on the toolbox. > Choose approx 45 blur brush > Set opacity to less than 30.

Provided that you made your original canvas a little larger, now expand the window to full size so that you see 'original window dark grey' around your canvas, if you cant, zoom out.

Step 10. Using the Eraser Tool in Soft Brush Mode less than 30 Opacity...
> HOLD DOWN YOUR SHIFT KEY > Click once outside the Canvas
Then remaining to hold the shift key, go to the other side of your canvas and click outside the canvas.

This will constrain the eraser between the two points and give you a smooth pixel loss on Photo 2. Then, just move it slightly over Photo 1 and it will be invisible.
Do this for each overlapping edge between Photo 1 and 2, Photo 1 and 3 and it will be invisible.

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