Photo Manipulation – Merge Elements from Different Photos

Resources:

Old House Image from stock.xchng

Grass Hill Image from stock.xchng

Arch Image from stock.xchng

Deer Image from stock.xchng

______________________________________________________

This will be the finished result:

Merged Photos

Click on the image for full size view

This is the comparison image, before and after the effects have been applied:

Merged Photos Comparison

Click on the image for full size view

______________________________________________________

Open the Old House image

Duplicate the background layer

Turn off the visibility of the background layer and work on the duplicate

Press Q to enter quick mask mode

Tip: In quick mask mode, black as the foreground colour will paint the mask, white as the foreground colour will erase the mask

Select the brush tool and a soft round brush

You will have to zoom into your image, and change the size of the brush to paint along the top line of the trees. It is not critical that every frond is excluded from the mask, just as close as you can get it.

Mask out all of the sky:

Quick Mask

Press Q to exit quick mask mode

Everything except the sky is selected

Select>Inverse

Hit the delete key

Image>Image Size – set the width to 2000px, auto height, set to Bicubic Sharper, click OK

Open the Grass Hill image

Select the Rectangular Marquee tool and drag out a selection of the sky

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make the House image active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

If necessary, drag this layer between the two existing layers

Ctrl + T to transform the object and expand the sky to fit the image

Open the arch image

Select the rectangular marquee tool and drag out a rectangle selection as shown below:

Selection

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make the house image active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

This layer should be at the top of the layers palette

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Hold down the shift key to maintain the proportions and drag out the arch so a little of each pillar is visible on the picture

Select the pen tool using the following settings:

Pen Tool Settings

Create a path around the aperture of the arch

Right click within the path and click Make Selection

Set Feather to 0, click OK

Hit the delete button

Now you can resize the arch to see as much or as little of the picture behind it as required.

Do this using Ctrl + T – Transform

Select the Crop Tool and drag a selection around the arch layer

Double click within the selection to execute the crop

With the arch layer active

Image>Adjustments>Levels – apply the following settings:

Levels Settings

Image>Adjustments>Desaturate

Image>Adjustments>Levels – apply the following settings:

Levels Settings

Make the house image layer active

Filter>Render>Lighting Effects – apply the following settings:

Lighting Effects Settings

Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast – apply the following settings:

Brightness/Contrast Settings

Image>Adjustments>Levels – apply the following settings:

Levels Settings

Open the deer image

Select the pen tool using the same settings as previously

Create a path around the deer

Right click within the path and click Make Selection

Set the Feather to 0, anti alias checked

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your photograph active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Make sure this new layer is between the arch and the house layers

Move the deer into shape and using Ctrl + T, resize if necessary

Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur – set to 1, click OK

Filter>Render>Lighting Effects – apply the following settings:

Lighting Effects Settings

You can now merge all layers together (Flatten Image) and resize as required

Merged Photos

The finished project. Click on the image for full size view

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: