Selections and Pen Tool
The image that is going to be used for this tutorial is taken from the below link, it’s always a good idea to use a high resolution texture for crisp and sharp results.
We will make a selection around the deer with a pen tool and remove it from its original background and place it in a new environment.
- Launch Photoshop.
- Open the image with the deer. File > Open
- Double click on the “Background” layer, this unlock the layer that is locked by default.
- Duplicate the Layer, simple press “CTRL+J”.
- Rename this layer to “Deer Cutout”.
- Turn the visibility off for the “Layer 0” layer. We keep this layer as a backup.
- Save your file at this point.
- Select the Pen Tool from the tool bar on the left side.
- For the next part you should be familiar with the basics of Pen Tool.
- Click on the edge of the deer’s back as shown in the image, and start to make part all around the deer. Several shots are present .Here is a view of the path only after the complete process.
- Next press (CTRL + ENTER) to convert the path into selection. See Image below
- Press CTRL + C this will copy the content side this selection that is the deer.
- Next open the second texture.
- Press CTRL + V this will paste the selection here onto a separate layer. See Image for how the deer will appear.
- Next press CTRL + T to scale down as shown in the image and re-position the deer with the help of the move tool as shown or if you like a different position.
- If you find any artifacts or areas that were missed in the pen tool selection process you can use the eraser too and a hard brush to erase and clean up.
- Also adjust the brightness (Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast) of the deer to match the scene. If the need be you can also use the Curve tool in the Adjustment menu to adjust the overall feel.
- Also use Color Balance (Image > Adjustments > Color Balance), to add a slight yellow tint to the deer. Since our target image is in bright sunlight.
- You can also paint a shadow with a dark green color and the blur out the shadow to give soft shadows.
- Here is the final result.