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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by Colin Smith

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To 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.


2

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

3

Now switch to the "add anchor point" path tool
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.


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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 thumbnail


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


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Select the person in the 2nd image and choose "copy"


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Select the hotrod image again and choose edit>paste into

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


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


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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.


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


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


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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.