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Photoshop/Elements: How do I remove a background from an image or merge images?

I don't know where to post this question but how can I remove background from image. Please tell me in simple steps

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9 years ago

Hi Rodney,

I can explain an overview of the process but can't get into too much detail without knowing the program. The approach to the process might vary based on the image you were working with. Here is the approach I take.

1. Make sure the original image you are starting with is on a editable layer, if its a background layer, double-click it to unlock it and give it a name. Keep the Layers palette open for future reference.

2. Take the image you are going to use as the replacement background and add it to the original drawing as a new layer. There are many different ways of doing this but I would probably just suggest using Select > All and then Edit > Copy in the replacement background image, then go to the original image and do Edit > Paste. Note the change in the Layers palette now showing both images. Close the replacement background image as we will only need the original image for the rest of the process.

3. Set the correct layer order, next we'll want to change the layer order so the original image is directly above the replacement background that you copy/pasted in the prior step. Drag replacement background layer to the bottom of the list. Note: this is not possible if you didn't complete step one.

4. Last step would be changing the original background in the original image to be transparent to show through to the replacement background below. This would involve making a selection of the original background and then making it transparent. The quality of your selection will impact the quality of your results. Once again, many different ways to make the selection, the recommended process would vary based on source image and which application you were working with. Generally, I would use the Quick Selection tool and then Refine Edge and use this as the basis for a Layer Mask. You could just as easily make a selection with the magic wand and just delete the content though. I would recommend looking around the net at different tutorials. You'll see may different approaches but all using more less the same overall process described here.

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9 years ago

If you're using Photoshop CS, try these tutorials for removing backgrounds/masking objects/combining images:

Background Eraser - with Russell Brown

Advanced Masking with Photoshop CS5 - with Russell Brown

Using Improved Selecting and Masking - with Jan Kabili

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Refine Edge - Help Topic

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9 years ago

Rodney, what product are you using? Photoshop CS5 or Photoshop Elements?

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9 years ago

Thanks alot guys. I am using CS4 but upgrading to cs5 soon.

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Cool - glad that helped. There are lots of tutorials out there for things like this. There are a lot of different ways to do it based on the contents of your image.

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9 years ago

I wanted to take 1 picture and paste my picture over the face

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How do u put one picture into another picture.

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The same techniques apply to your question.

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9 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
how do I go about cutting a person from 1 photo and paste into another.

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Did you find out how to do this,including the fine detail round the hair. I uploaded a picture of a tree,and the same applies to that the edges of the Tree.
Anthony Cotton

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9 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How do I add a picture of my daughter to a celebrity photo?.

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The same techniques apply to your question.

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9 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
can i take one picture and put it with another to make one.

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Yes. The same principles apply: Use layers and masking to combine images into one photo.

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9 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
how can i edit a pic off me by putting my face to another body??.

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9 years ago

I would like to know if Photoshop has a program where you can take one person out of a photo and put another one in it place?

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9 years ago

Im really trying to figure out how to put my face in another picture.

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9 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
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9 years ago

How can I take 3 different pictures and put them together to make 1 picture?

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3 Pictures into 1.

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Make 1 picture your background,then make 3 layers of your different pictures,then you can just drag them into the one picture. I have commented on this below about this topic.If it does not help has the same has below i will try to make a simple tutorial for this topic. I was the same has you,and the people below. I can remember how hard it might seem,because it`s easy when you know the answer`s.

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9 years ago

I would like to move a person in a picture to another place on the photo (cut from left and center person) any ideas? Help please, frustrated.

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Crop and move person in photo help.