I have Lightroom 2020 and am just learning how to use layers and masks. I have a photo of a mountain with a rising full moon in the sky above the mountain. I would like to move the moon so the mountain is in front of part of it, and about half of the moon is visible rising behind the mountain. What is the quickest way to accomplish this with the fewest number of steps? I think I'm making it way too complicated and end up getting lost in all the layers and masks.
Whoops! I didn't mean Lightroom, I meant moving the moon in Photoshop Elements 2020.
Can you post the photo so we have a better idea of what you have in mind.
OK. Here's one way to do it.
This sounds more complicated than it is.
Thanks - that works! Is there also a way to do it that would preserve the fine jagged details of the trees along the edge of the mountain? In other words have the unchanged image of the mountain edge actually be in front of the moon. I know I can enlarge the view and carefully make my masking selection around them but it is time consuming and not perfect.
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I just figured this out after some trial & error attempts. Beginning with the photo as the duplicate background layer, I seperated the land from the sky using the Magic Wand tool (very easy and precise), and copied the land mass onto its own layer (Cntrl J - Windows). Next I selected the moon and put it on its own layer (Cntrl J). Then I placed the moon layer below the land layer. Using the Move tool on the moon, I was able to place it behind the edge of the land with a beautiful silhouette of the tree tops in front of the moon.