How to move an object from one image to another in PhotoShop

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How to move an object from one image to another in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you how to move an object from one image to another in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your image open in Photoshop

1) First, we will need to open the Channels palette from the Window menu

We need to find the channel that has the most contrast between the girl and the background

2) We’ll try the red channel

Even though the red channel seems to have the most contrast, it’s still not enough, so we will try changing the mode

3) Go to Image…

4) …Mode…

5) …and select another color mode

The black channel seems to have the most contrast

Now we need to create a separate channel to use for our selection

6) Go to Image…

7) …and select Calculations

8) Set the channel to black

9) Change the blending to Overlay

10) Set the result to New Channel

11) Click OK

Notice that our new channel, Alpha 1, has been created below the rest

Now, we need to adjust the levels of our Alpha 1 channel to get as much contrast as possible

12) Go to Image…

13) …Adjustments…

14) …Levels

We need to adjust the black, white and grey levels as much as possible without losing the edges around the girl’s arms and hair

15) Adjust the 3 sliders

16) Click OK

To get a better contrast on parts of the image without losing edges, we will use the Selection Tool

17) Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool

18) Click and drag around an edge that is close in shade to the background

19) Open the Levels box from the Image menu

20) Use the sliders to adjust the levels in the selected area

21) Click OK

Continue selecting edges that need more contrast and adjusting the levels

Now, we need to begin to paint the white areas in the center, such as the girl’s face

22) Click the arrow to swap the colors so that black is the foreground color

23) Select the Brush Tool

24) Staying well away from the edges, paint black over as much of the girl as possible

25) Swap the colors again so white is in the foreground

26) Paint as much of the background white as possible

If needed, use the marquee tools to select areas that need the contrast changed and adjust the levels

Notice that we now have a nice edge on her other arm

27) Swap the colors

28) Using the new edge we just created, paint the arm black

Some areas may be too difficult to create a good edge using the Levels box. These will need to be done by hand

29) Select the Zoom Tool

30) Click and drag around an area to zoom to

31) Select the Brush Tool

32) Carefully, paint around the edges of the head

33) Select the Zoom Tool again

We will fit the image on the screen so we can see the entire picture

34) We will zoom in to finish the arm

35) Select the Brush Tool

36) Again, carefully paint around the edges of the arm

37) Select the Zoom Tool…

38) …and fit the image to the screen

39) Open up the Levels box

40) Adjust the levels

41) Click OK

42) Select the Brush Tool

43) Set the foreground to white

44) Paint the dark areas on the background white

45) Open the Levels box one last time

46) We will adjust the black to define the lines around the hair a bit more

47) Click OK

48) Touch up any remaining grey areas of the background with white

49) Swap the colors and do the same with the black

50) Once the image is completely black and white, press CTRL + I to invert the mask

51) Hold down the control key and click the Alpha 1 channel

Note that all of the white areas have been selected

52) Select the CMYK channel

All of the channels will be selected except for Alpha 1

Now, we will feather our selection a bit so the edges aren’t choppy

53) Go to Select…

54) …Refine Edge

55) Turn down the radius

56) Adjust the smoothness

57) Turn down feather

58) Adjust Contract/Expand

Depending on the size of your photo, the adjustments you need to make may be slightly different

59) Click OK

60) Press CTRL + C to copy the selection

61) We will now go to our second image

62) Press CTRL + V to paste the selection

63) Select the Move Tool

64) Adjust the position of the layer to match the background

We will adjust the brightness and contrast of the pasted layer to better match the surroundings

65) Go to Image…

66) …Adjustments…

67) …Brightness/Contrast

68) Adjust the brightness

69) And now the contrast

70) Click OK

That’s it! You now know how to move an object from one photo to another in Photoshop

How to add rain to your photo in PhotoShop

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How to add rain to your photo in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you how to add rain to your image in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your picture open in Photoshop

We’ll need the Layers palette open for this tutorial

1) Click to expand the Layers palette

2) Drag it away from the edge to undock it

3) Click the New Layer icon to create a new layer

Now, we’ll render clouds on the layer

4) Go to the Filter menu…

5) …then Render

6) Select clouds

7) Change the opacity of the layer to 63%

Time to add some noise to the image

8) Again, go to the Filter menu

9) Go to Noise

10) Select Add Noise

11) Set the amount to 60

12) Choose Gaussian for the distribution

13) Check Monochromatic

14) Click OK

Don’t worry about the static in the image. We’re going to fix that with a motion blur

15) Go to Filter…

16) …Blur…

17) …Motion Blur

18) Set the angle to 73

19) Change the distance to 10

20) Click OK

21) To get rid of the hazy effect, right click on Layer 1…

22) …and select Blending Options

23) Set the blend mode to screen

24) Click OK

Finally, we’ll darken the background image to make it look more like a rainy day

25) Select the Background layer

26) Go to Image…

27) …Adjustments…

28) …Brightness/Contrast

29) Turn down the brightness

30) Turn up the contrast

31) Click OK

That’s it! You now know how to add rain to your image in Photoshop

How to re-colour portions of an image in PhotoShop

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How to re-colour portions of an image in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you 2 ways to re-color portions of an image in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your picture open in Photoshop

1) First, open the Layers palette from the Window menu

2) Create a new layer

For the first method, we will use blending modes to change the color

3) Click on the foreground color to open the Color Picker

4) Choose a new color

5) Click OK

6) Select the Brush Tool

7) Click and drag in the image to paint over the rose

Continue until the whole flower has been re-painted

8) Now, change the mode of the layer to Hue

The color of the rose has now been changed

We will now delete this layer

The second method we will learn uses a mask to change the hue

9) Click on the circle icon to create a new fill layer

10) Select Hue/Saturation

Watch the portion of the image you want to change, in this case the flower, as you adjust the sliders

11) Pick the new hue

12) Decrease the saturation

13) Adjust the lightness if needed

14) Click OK

The color of the flower has been changed but so has the rest of the image. We will now create a mask over the rose

15) Press CTRL + I on your keyboard to invert the mask

Make sure that the foreground color is white and that the Brush Tool is selected

16) Click and drag in the image to create a mask

17) Continue until the entire rose is colored

As you can see, the mask we created allows the background to show through unaffected

You can change the hue and saturation at any time by double clicking on the mask

18) Change the hue

19) Adjust the saturation

20) Click OK

That’s it! You now know how to re-color portions of an image in Photoshop

How to remove red-eye from a photo in PhotoShop

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How to remove red-eye from a photo in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you how to remove red eye from a photo in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your picture open in Photoshop

1) Right click on the Spot Healing Brush Tool

2) Select the Red Eye Tool

3) Click and drag in the image to select the entire eye

The red eye effect has been removed from the eye we selected

4) To change the pupil size, click the arrow and adjust the slider

You can also change the darken amount

5) Now, click and drag to select the whole eye

Since we turned down the darken amount, the second eye is much lighter than the first

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to remove red eye from a photo in Photoshop