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Put Yourself in the Picture

Imagine that you have a picture of somewhere that you have been and you're not in it. Maybe because you took the photo or you were occupied doing something else when the photo was taken. You think how nice it would be if you were actually in the picture so that people can see that you were there.

Well if you have a suitable photo of yourself against a plain background then you can use Photoshop to 'Put Yourself in the Picture'.

Image without me in it. Image of me against a plain background. For the purpose of demonstrating how to do this, let's say that this photo on the left is the picture that I want to put myself in and over on the right is a picture of myself that I found that conveniently has a plain background behind me so that I can use it to demonstrate how to put myself in the picture. Of course you will need a photo of yourself with a plain background as well as the photo that you want to add yourself into (both in suitable formats to load into Photoshop) so that you can do the same.

The first thing to do is to open both images in Photoshop.

Now to extract myself from the photo we need to perform the following steps.

  1. Select the Magic Wand tool and click the background of the photo of me. This selects the whole background provided that the background colour is relatively constant. The background of my photo is good enough.
  2. Next Select Inverse from the Select menu. This inverts the selection which means that the background gets unselected and the foreground (me) is selected instead.
  3. Now select Copy from the Edit menu to copy the selected image to the clipboard.

We now have the image of me (without the background) in the clipboard ready to put me in the picture. So now we are finished with the photo of me and are ready to start work on the photo that we are adding my image into. The steps to do this are as follows.

  1. With the photo to be modified as the selected image, select Paste from the Edit menu to add my image into the photo.
  2. Select the Move tool to move the image of me to an appropriate spot in the photo.
  3. Save the finished photo.

So now I've put myself in the picture and this is the result.

Image with me in it.

Now this photo has ended up looking not as realistic as it could have because I have just used convenient photos so to demonstrate the technique. With a more appropriate photo of myself that is resized before starting the above process so that I am more in scale with the photo that I am to be inserted into would give a far more realistic result.

I am sure that even this version where I didn't try at all to get the right picture of myself to start with will give you some idea of what you can be achieved. Dare I suggest that you might even produce photos with you in them of places that you haven't been or with people that you've never met.

 

This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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