Introduction: Easy Cool Looking Photoshop Tutorial

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This is an introductory level Adobe Photoshop tutorial. Automation technique is used to merge the photos together which makes it easy to proceed. I tried to include as much detail as possible. To create this picture you will need to have the photographs themselves (step 1), Adobe Photoshop installed and just a little bit of ambition and time. Depending on your level of familiarity with the program it should take you from 15 to 30 minutes to finish the editing itself.

Update: If you want to see a full video of the tutorial go to Youtube video

Step 1: Taking Pictures

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It is important to take pictures just the right way to make your life easy. The main thing would be to set a camera on the tripod while shooting and do not move it while taking photographs. The perspective and background should be consistent and overlapping. If you don't have access to the tripod try to put camera on something like a table or do not move your hands too much. This would add distortions and inconsistency to the image. On the photograph you can see how I took the pictures as well as some of the pictures.

Step 2: Photomerge in Photoshop

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  • When you get your photographs decide which ones you are going to use. If you are new try to use poses that will not overlap.
  • Open Photoshop
  • Go to File > Automate > Photomerge...
  • In the Photomerge window check "Auto" on the left, which should be default, then go Browse and pick your images. Press OK.

This might take some time to process, and in the end you should see layers in the right bottom corner show up as they do on the picture.

Step 3: Quick Review of Photoshop Tools Used

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Colors: there're two rectangles showing the colors. They are easy to switch back and forth and one is background color. Set front one to white and background to black if they are some other color (double click on the rectangle to pick color)

Brush: when you click on the brush in the upper left corner you will see an icon with different sizes and settings. This will change as we go through the Instructable.

Layers: Layers give a convenient way to manage all the things in the project as layers. You can change the order, opacity, make some invisible. We won't use much of it today.

Layer Masks: Layer masks play a big role in this project. Layer masks is a tool to show or hide something on the picture. When you have a layer masks it will have either black or while. Black would hide what is on the layer in that part; white would show it. To work with this masks click on the rectangle next to the small icon of the layer. Then use brush with black/white or gray and just paint on the image. You will see how it works in the next step.

Step 4: Editing

Now you should have all the layers on top of each other, and layer masks hiding most. Click on the layer mask of the first layer and using white brush paint over the region you want to show up*! Be sure to include the shadow too. If you show too much - don't worry - you can either undo it (Edit > Undo) or just paint over with black.

*click on the layer mask icon, or you will just paint over the picture. In case it happened - undo (Edit > Undo).

If two poses overlap - zoom into the picture and just be more careful with what you show.

For more comprehensive steps watch the video

Step 5: You Have Your Amazing Picture Ready!

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Now you can just save it! (File > Save).


AbbiePhilpott (author)2015-05-28

Wow, please make some more xD I am a newbee in Photoshop and this is the right amount of difficult for me

xenia003 (author)AbbiePhilpott2015-05-28

I'm glad you liked it! I did another tutorial about Photoshop (using templates - this week they are free on Creative Market), although I think that one is much easier. I'll try to make some other ones when I have time, it's hard to make it both useful and interesting

AbbiePhilpott (author)xenia0032015-06-08

I think that everything useful is also interesting. The trick is to know your audience, though. We are all in Instructables to share useful information and tutorials. So I don't think you will have problems with the audience :)

yasir.sajjad.103 (author)2015-05-13

good one for starters.

Thank you! I tried to make it as obvious as possible

nuelma (author)2015-05-17

is so cool

xenia003 (author)nuelma2015-05-18


Aarushk1 (author)2015-05-13

do you have to use an apple photoshop only?

xenia003 (author)Aarushk12015-05-15

gdomantic is right, it does not matter which Photoshop you use, it should be available on other platforms and on earlier Photoshop versions. If you decide to erase layers, be careful since there is less wiggle room - if is hard to undo it sometimes (in layer masks you can just use black instead of white). But erasing is sometimes easier.

gdomantic (author)Aarushk12015-05-14

er. no. this is basic photoshop use! any version will do. ps. you can use eraser to do it without masks if you're afraid

Kyleluvspets (author)2015-05-12

cool to see a girl my age on instructables! a cute one too.

gdomantic (author)Kyleluvspets2015-05-13

what if it's a 45 year old dude?

Kyleluvspets (author)gdomantic2015-05-14

then that would be awkward.

Kyleluvspets (author)gdomantic2015-05-14

then that would be awkward.

Kyleluvspets (author)gdomantic2015-05-14

then that would be awkward.

laith mohamed (author)2015-05-12

Beautiful work.

xenia003 (author)laith mohamed2015-05-12

I'm glad you like it

umaryasin21 (author)2015-05-11

You really got some Guts xenia (y) and made this tutorial very very interesting

xenia003 (author)umaryasin212015-05-12

Thank you!

gczyz (author)2015-05-11

vvaradi (author)2015-05-10

i am ps user 5 years, but i never use before layer masks. thanks for tutorial

xenia003 (author)vvaradi2015-05-10

Thank you for the comment! I also did not use layer masks in the beginning but it is very convenient once you get used to it

tomatoskins (author)2015-05-09

Great tutorial! I made my current profile picture using a layer mask the other day. Super fun!

xenia003 (author)tomatoskins2015-05-10

Thank you! I tried to make it as clear as possible.

Just4Fun Media (author)2015-05-09

Very nice tutorial!
I have been using photo merge to make panoramas for a while but I never thought of using it to make twins.

Good luck in your contest! You deserved my vote.

xenia003 (author)Just4Fun Media2015-05-10

Thank you! I also did not realize this is an option for a while.

RoseA3 (author)2015-05-10

I've been in a slump with creative projects lately and this inspired me to start working on projects again. Thank you! I'll be using this technique in the future.

xenia003 (author)RoseA32015-05-10

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

zjf (author)2015-05-09

thanks for this tutorial, I've been wandering how to do this for a while. cheers ?.

zjf (author)zjf2015-05-09


gdoc aka (author)2015-05-09

hey I want to join your project if want then I well help you If agree so send me email on

pucksurfer (author)2015-05-09

What version of photoshop are you using? Is it the current creative cloud version or an older version?

xenia003 (author)pucksurfer2015-05-09

Yes, this is Adobe Photoshop CC 2014, updated recently. I had it set on the "Essentials" workspace

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Bio: Just a college student, interested in almost all DIY ideas. I especially love arts, technology and traveling.
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