Watch video: Freaky Frankenstein fruit creations in Photoshop Elements
Photoshop gives users the ability to create images otherwise impossible in real life. So we’re taking full advantage of this powerful editing software by creating our very own Frankenstein fruit creations! We’ll do this by merging different pieces of fruit together, which can be done in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements 2020.
You can use the start images below or photograph your own fruit. If you go down this route, be sure to set up your fruit on a table near a bright window for a good source of light. Then you’ll want to lock your camera off on a tripod, so that the lighting and the composition won’t change when you swap the fruit over, a tripod will also help reduce camera shake.
We recommend switching to your camera’s aperture priority mode and dialing in an aperture of f/11 for a strong depth of field, so that both pieces of fruit are equally sharp – making it easier to create a realistic composite afterwards.
All that’s left is to follow the six easy steps below to create your composite image. Along the way you’ll discover how to merge parts of pictures together, make precise selections and also use Photoshop’s layers – all essential editing skills.
01 Select your first fruit
In Photoshop Elements go to File>Open and open up the fruit image that you want to select and paste into your main fruit image. Now zoom in tightly by pressing Ctrl / Cmd + Plus and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to draw around the whole, or half, of the fruit.
02 Copy and paste it in
Hit Ctrl / Cmd + C to copy the selection, and then in your main fruit shot hit Ctrl / Cmd + V to paste it in. It will probably need resizing now, along with some digital manipulation to get it into the right position to match the perspective of the image in your background layer.
03 Transform the fruit to make it fit
Hit Ctrl / Cmd + T to enter Free Transform Mode, then drag it so that it sits above the piece of fruit you want it to replace. Now hold Ctrl / Cmd and drag in the corners of the bounding box to line up the perspective and hit Enter to set it in place.
04 Select the other segment
In the Layers panel click on the eye icon of your top layer to temporarily hide it, then zoom in and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the inside edge of the other piece of fruit. When your selection is made click on Refine Edge, set the Feather to 1px and then hit OK.
05 Apply a layer mask
Head back to the Layers panel and click the eye icon of the top layer once again to unhide it, then click on the Add Layer Mask icon to turn your selection into a Layer Mask. You’ll see that your new fruit only appears through the area you just selected.
06 Make the light levels match
To match up the lighting between the two shots, select the top layer and hit Ctrl / Cmd + L to bring up Levels, then tweak the Midtones slider until the lighting in both shots is seamless. You can also then repeat the process for the inside part of fruit if you wish, too.