** Some previous experience with Photoshop is helpful..
- Computer with Photoshop
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Step 1: Find Photo's
* You will adjust sizes later, but a 'medium' picture is a good size.
Step 2: Take Photo's
* Make sure it is against a solid color wall with as little "stuff" as possible. This will be easier to eliminate later.
* Don't worry if they don't look scaled the same, we will adjust this later as well.
Step 3: Photoshop
* Make sure they are all opened in separate files.
Step 4: Editing Photo's
1.) Add a new layer
2.) Create a duplicate layer of the picture you opened (Not the new layer)
3.) Hide the original layer by clicking the eye next to the layer
* Repeat #1-3 for all photo's you have
Step 5: Deleting the Background
* There are multiple ways to do this but I am going to do the easiest way and that is why I suggested a solid color wall.
1.) Make sure the last layer is current. ( It will be highlighted blue)
2.) Select the 'Magic wand' tool on the left.
3.) click on the background that you want to remove.
* If you get a white and grey checkered pattern you did it right.
4.) Keep repeating #3 until only you are left. (You may have to zoom in to get all the little pieces that may get left over)
Step 6: Vacation Photo's
* Keep the photo's of you with an empty background open as well.
Step 7: Merging
1.) Make sure you are in the first picture of yourself.
2.) Click the selection tool on the left.
3.) Select the picture.
4.) Go to the 'EDIT' tab and click 'COPY".
Step 8: More Merging
1.) Switch to your first location picture and paste the picture of yourself in.
* If its too big then we will scale it to fit.
2.) Zoom out till your location picture is tiny.
3.) Go to 'EDIT', then 'Transform', then 'Scale'
4.) Now hold the shift key while dragging the scale of the box till it seems about the same size as the photo.
Step 9: Editing
1.) Move the photo of yourself to a place that seems appropriate.
2.) You can adjust the 'Opacity' to make the color seem in relation to the background.
3.) You can also go back into the 'Transform' option and select 'Distort' or 'Skew' if the angles don't seem to be lining up.
4.) You can also to small changes like adding shadows by playing with the paint bucket tool.. Adjust the thickness of the brush, the opacity and where the layers go.
5.) Also play with the 'smudge' tool to make colors seem more fluid.
Step 10: Final Product
1.) Save as a .jpeg when you are done.
The longer you can play with it the better they will get.
You will now have a collection of photo's to show your friends and family where you went for vacation..... They don't have to know you didn't really go.....