How using layer masks with Photoshop can be fun!

I was a little bored today so I started playing around with a few of my images. Seems I do that often these days, 😉 . The background image is an aerial picture I took a couple of months back. I then used several layer masks to add the various people. If you haven’t used layer masks on photoshop, which I assume you have, its the best way to combine two images together, or in this case several!

I’m not sure if other photo editing program have this feature, but its always been one of photoshops best functions. If you’ve ever seen any movie poster, its a good chance the photo portion of it was created with this feature. Of course the movie posters do a much better job than I did with this one.

If you notice, I also tried to add shadows on a few of the people. I didn’t time myself on the how long I took, but it was not long. Give it a try, its actually fun once you get the hang of it! The possibilities are endless!

2 thoughts on “How using layer masks with Photoshop can be fun!

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    May 6, 2010 at 3:42 am
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    Cool shot(s). I’ve used layers for ‘cloning’, works great. I generally have trouble getting a nice cutout for the cloned image.

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      May 6, 2010 at 8:23 am
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      Thank you. As far as getting a “nice cutout” for the image, the way I do is to do a very rough cutout, not worrying about making a perfect cutout. Actually, I don’t even get close to the outline of the image. Its only when I’ve added the new image to my background image and with the layer mask black out the “excess” portion of the new image. I use large files so its easier to do, works better for me. Hope this made sense! Thanks again for stopping by.

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