Placing a person inside a picture Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to place a person inside an image using the “paste into” command. You can use this technique to achieve all kinds of convincing photomanipulation tricks.

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Placing a person inside a picture Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

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pinto002To start with you will need 2 pictures.

I chose a picture of a hot rod and a person

To remove the person from the background, use my extract tutorial here.

Step 2

pinto004Using the pen tool draw a loose path around the window.

Step 3

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Now switch to the “add anchor point” path tool pinto006
Drag the anchor points into place.
To add a curve: Click once on the midway point between 2 anchor points, release the mouse button, then click and drag, you will notice you are now creating a curve. That is the biggest secret to the path tool. A bit of practice and it will be a breeze.

 

Step 4

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Once you have created the path, go to the paths palette and click, save path.

Now we want to load the path as a selection.
To do this just ctrl/cmd+click on the paths thumbnailpinto008

 

Step 5

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You now will have a selection around the area we are going to position the person.

 

Step 6

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Select the person in the 2nd image and choose “copy”

 

Step 7

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Select the hotrod image again and choose edit>paste into

pinto012You will notice a new layer is created with a layer mask around the window.

 

Step 8

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Press Ctrl/Cmd+T for free transform and scale and position your person to fit inside the window.

 

Step 9

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There all nicely positioned and sized in the window.

The only problem now is that it looks a bit fake because the window has a highlight and the person is opaque.

 

Step 10

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pinto018Lets create a highlight for the window. Load the path of the window shape
create a new layer
Fill with white

 

Step 11

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Now switch to screen mode and lower the opacity to 29%

 

Step 12

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There all done. Wanna take a ride?

Don’t limit this techniques for people and windows, use it for all kinds of photo foolery and collaging.

 

 

 

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Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe