Make a composite image in Photoshop Elements: how to use Layers to add depth

Make a composite image in Photoshop Elements: how to use Layers to add depth

How to make a composite image in Photoshop Elements: steps 7-12

How to make a composite image in Photoshop Elements: step 7

07 Transform the layer
Choose Image>Rotate>Free Rotate Layer. Drag outside the bounding box to rotate Layer 1 a few pixels anti-clockwise. Get the flagpole to run parallel with the pole on the Background layer. Tap the arrow keys to move the top layer so that Layer 1’s stump overlaps the stump on the Background layer.

 

How to make a composite image in Photoshop Elements: step 8

08 Crop it
Press Return to apply the transformation to Layer 1. Restore Layer 1’s Opacity to 100%. Thanks to the transformation, the content on both layers is now more effectively aligned. Grab the Crop tool. Drag the cursor to crop out the edges of the frame and lose traces of the Background layer.

 

How to make a composite image in Photoshop Elements: step 9

09 Select the stump
The only section of the top layer that we want to see is the sharp foreground stump. Grab the Quick Selection tool from the Tools panel. (It shares a compartment with the Magic Wand.) Spray over the stump to select it. A ‘marching ant’ style selection marquee will cling to the stump’s edges.

 

How to make a composite image in Photoshop Elements: step 10

10 Add a layer mask
Choose Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. A black-and-white mask attaches itself to Layer 1. The mask’s black sections make blurred details on the attached layer become transparent, revealing sharp church details from the layer below. The mask’s white section keeps the top layer’s sharp stump visible.

 

How to make a composite image in Photoshop Elements: step 11

11 Tidy the mask
You will still see a hint of blurred tree stump from the Background layer around the edges of the sharp stump on Layer 1. Grab the Brush tool. Set the foreground colour to white. Set Opacity to 100%. Click on the layer mask to target it. Spray white around the top of the stump to replace blurred tree with blue sky.

 

How to make a composite image in Photoshop Elements: step 12

12 Move the layer
To hide blurred stump edges overlapping the church, click on Layer 1’s image thumbnail. Grab the Move tool from the Tools panel. Tap the left arrow a few times to nudge the sharp stump on the top layer a few pixels left. This will hide the blurred background stump with sharp ones from Layer 1.

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