Welcome to this blog, we will explore the process of photo manipulation using Photoshop tools. In this video, we will cover various techniques and tips to achieve impressive results. So, let’s start.
Steps to Manipulate in Photoshop:
Cutting out Objects:
To begin, we need to select the objects we want to work with. In this case, we’ll use an orange and a fidget spinner. Using the Pen Tool, set to Path, carefully trace the outline of the fidget spinner by clicking and dragging to create curves. Make sure to close the path by connecting the last point with the first. This process allows us to precisely define the shape of the object.
Path Selection and Shape Tools:
Switch to the Path Selection Tool or any basic shape tool. Create new paths for the additional holes in the fidget spinner. Be cautious when drawing new shapes, ensuring they don’t replace the existing work path. Instead, they should be added to it. Adjust the size and position of the paths using the Path Selection Tool.
Combining Paths and Creating Selections:
To merge the circular paths and create a unified selection, select all the paths and choose “Subtract front shape” from the drop-down menu. Hover over the work path and hold Command or Control while clicking to convert the path into a selection. This allows us to isolate the desired areas for further editing.
Layer Masking and Duplicating:
Add a layer mask to the fidget spinner layer. Rename the layer as desired. Right-click and duplicate the selected layer, then choose the destination image, such as a desert picture. Adjust the size and angle of the duplicated layer using Free Transform to seamlessly integrate it into the new environment.
Refining with Brushes:
Convert the duplicated layer into a Smart Object and add a layer mask. Select the Brush Tool and set the foreground color to black. Adjust the brush size and opacity as needed. Use the brush to refine the edges of the object and create a smooth transition between the spinner and the background. Experiment with different brush shapes and angles to achieve the desired effect.
Balancing Colors and Shadows:
To ensure cohesion between the fidget spinner and the desert background, use adjustment layers like Exposure to balance the colors of both elements. Duplicate the exposure adjustment layer, invert the mask, and create a clipping mask. Adjust the sliders to darken the image. Use the brush tool with a softer brush shape to brush in shadows on the desert surface, considering the light source and casting direction.
Fine-tuning and Artistic Touches:
Make further adjustments to the shadows and their intensity as needed. Experiment with Free Transform to resize, rotate, and reposition the shadows. Use elliptical brush shapes and brush in the bottom of the fidget spinner mask to add realistic texture and roughen the edges. Take your time with these refinements to achieve a polished look.
By following these techniques in Photoshop, you can create stunning manipulations that blend objects seamlessly into new environments. Remember to experiment and embrace your artistic vision. Don’t hesitate to try different brush shapes, adjust colors, and refine details to achieve your desired outcome. Enjoy the process and have fun creating your own captivating manipulations!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is photo manipulation in Photoshop?
The process of transforming or altering a photograph in Adobe Photoshop using various methods and techniques to achieve desired results is photo manipulation.
Why is photo manipulation used?
It is used for the appearance of a subject, for entertainment, or as humor.
What is the difference between photo editing and photo manipulation?
Photo editing improves image quality where as photo manipulation modifies an image by adding or removing elements.