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Photoshopping Something Into A Picture

Updated on October 14, 2015

Have you ever wanted to add yourself to a famous painting or make yourself look like a giant? Adobe Photoshop was made for these projects! We don't call it "photoshopping" for nothing.

In the picture above, I turned a less than perfect family photo into a fun project. If there is room for a gorilla in your picture, why not put one there? I am going to show you how.

Step 1

Find two pictures that you would like to use. One should have something in it you want to move to the second picture.

In this case, I decided that I want to move several items (the happy animals) over to a picture of my daughter playing the violin.

Use your favorite selection tool to select the item in the first picture that you want to move to the second picture. For this example, I am going to use the Lasso Tool. I will roughly draw a circle around the subject, copy and paste it in a new layer in the second picture. And then erase the extra around the subject that I don't want to keep.

Alternatively, you can start with the Polygonal Lasso Tool. You will spend more time selecting your subject, but you won't have to use the erase tool to clean it up.

Trick 1

Now I am going to show you three tricks to help your picture be more believable. The first trick is the Free Transform and the Transform options. Both of these are located under the Edit tab.

When the Free Transform option is selected, a rectangle will appear around the item that is in the layer you are working in. Now you can adjust the size of your subject. If you hold the Shift Key down while you drag a corner of the rectangle, the proportions of your subject will remain consistent.

The Transform option is for basic functions like flipping or rotating your subject. There are other options under Transform you can experiment with.

Trick 2

The second trick is to change the coloring of your subject. Often with you move an image from one picture to another, you will notice that the coloring and lighting is quite different in the two different pictures. By going to Image>Adjustments>Curves, you can adjust the lighting on the layer you have selected.

You will notice that you can see the different in coloring immediately as you move the curve up or down.

Trick 3

Most pictures will look great using the tricks I already told you about. Most subjects you choose won't need additional shadows added. But, if your image seems like it is missing something, you might want to add a drop shadow.

In this picture, I needed to add a little shadow so my cartoons would look more realistic. I do this by clicking on the fx icon in the layers pallet. This icon is called "Add a layer style".

Choose the Drop Shadow option.

Here I can adjust the angle of my shadow, as well as the Distance, Spread, and Size.

Once everything looks how you want it, click OK.


Here is my final picture. I call it Maylee-Ella.


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