It’s a bird, it’s a plane, NO it’s Super Baby!!!
I received a lot of good response from my last Photoshop tutorial, so I thought Super Baby would make another great lesson.
1. Duplicate the background layer to create a 2nd layer with the original photo. (I like to have my original photo in my document in case I mess up!)
2. Now make another layer and put in the middle of the other two layers. This will be the sky layer. Add a stock photo or create your own sky by filling the page with your choice of blue, then click on Filter , Render, Clouds. Here is a sample of what this would look like. I have great shots of clouds, so was able to drop in one for my Super Baby photo.
3. Now go to your duplicate layer of the original photo (the one on top). Make sure your Paths window is open. Create a New Path. Then click on the pen tool and start outlining your subject. One trick I use is to hold down the command/apple key to curve the path to my liking. (I’m on a mac- not sure what the PC key is for this trick.) There are lots more tricks for this tool, but not enough time to go through them all on this post. More on that later:-)
4. After you have outlined your subject, command click that path layer. This should select your path.
5. Now that your subject is selected (highlighted), click on Select, Modify, Contract. Enter 1 pixel. This will ensure you don’t get any background in your selection.
6. Now click Select, Feather. Enter 1 pixel. This will make your selection not look so cut out and fake. You may even have to try 2 pixels. Play around with this.
7. Click Select, Inverse.
8. Hit Delete. This will remove the original background and the sky should show up because that is the layer underneath.
9. I like to go around with the Erase tool and erase any original background that is showing up. For this shot, I cloned out Super Mom’s fingers on his belly.
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