Figure 69 Reverse the clouds left to right and drag to the left side of the image

5. The clouds still look too much like their "parents," so you'll want to stretch them out of shape. Choose Edit > Transform > Scale and drag the side handles of the selection to the right to elongate the clouds in that direction.

6. Use the Eraser tool (select a large, soft-edged eraser brush) and fade out the edges of the patch. Remove the cloud patch where it overlaps the lighthouse itself.

7. The patch is much lighter than the sky around it, so choose Image > Adjustments > Levels to darken it. First move the black point triangle under the histogram so it coincides with the first dark tones in the image. Leave the white point triangle alone. Then slide the gray point slider, as shown in Figure 6.10, until the sky tone of the patch more closely matches the sky around it. (Depending on what cloud area you selected, your histogram in the Levels dialog box may not look exactly like mine.)

Figure 6.10. Use the Levels dialog box to darken the clouds so they more closely match the left side of the image

Figure 6.10. Use the Levels dialog box to darken the clouds so they more closely match the left side of the image

Now, use the Clone Stamp tool to change the shape of the clouds slightly. I chose a 65-pixel soft-edged brush, and then changed the Opacity of the brush in the Options bar to 75 percent. As I cloned, the edges of the clouds I was painting tended to fade out, producing a more realistic effect, as you can see in Figure 6.11.

Figure 6.11. With the new clouds in place, the image looks like this

Figure 6.11. With the new clouds in place, the image looks like this

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