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As far as the Corner Pin effect goes, we're done with this
example. But I just can't leave this project alone without adding a
couple of fi nishing touches.
The fi rst offense (and it's a bad one) is that this result compos-
ites terribly. The adobe-pumpkin photo is very dark, but images
on the computer screen are created with light. It should be much
brighter. Also the room where the monitor was photographed is
very bright and all that ambient light would defi nitely lighten the
monitor screen. So, I'm going to apply the Curves effect to the
adobe-pumpkin layer. In the Curves effect, I'm going to lighten
black (typically a no-no), and then generally increase the bright-
ness of the layer. Fig. 7.14 shows the curve I used to create the
result seen in Fig. 7.15.
Figure 7.14 The settings I
used in Curves to lighten the
adobe-pumpkin image.
The next thing we need to do is adjust the color of the adobe-
pumpkin layer to match the color of the monitor layer. If you
look closely, you'll notice that the monitor is an apple moni-
tor. In real life, these are gray aluminum. In this image, the
monitor appears very yellow. We need to adjust the adobe-
pumpkin layer to also look more yellow. So, I'm going to apply
the Color Balance effect and slightly reduce the blue values (to
add yellow). You also might want to warm things up by adding
magenta. You can add magenta by slightly reducing the green
values (Fig. 7.16).
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