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How to Photoshop Someone into a Picture

Photoshop is an incredibly powerful tool that allows you to manipulate and enhance images in countless ways. One popular technique is adding a person to a picture. Whether you’re creating a fun family photo, a creative project, or a promotional image, learning how to Photoshop someone into a picture can be a valuable skill. Follow this step-by-step guide to master this technique.

Preparing Your Images

Before you start, you need two images:

  1. Source Image: The photo of the person you want to add.
  2. Destination Image: The photo where you want to place the person.

Selecting Suitable Images

For the best results, choose high-resolution images with similar lighting and angles. Consistent lighting and perspective will make blending much easier and more natural.

Opening Images in Photoshop

Open Photoshop and load both the source and destination images. You can do this by going to File > Open and selecting your images.

Selecting the Person

To add a person to another photo, you need to select them accurately from the source image.

Using the Quick Selection Tool

The Quick Selection Tool is great for quick and rough selections. Click and drag over the person to make your selection.

Using the Pen Tool

For more precision, use the Pen Tool. Click to create points around the person, then close the path and convert it to a selection by right-clicking and choosing “Make Selection.”

Refining Your Selection

Once you have a rough selection, refine it using the Select and Mask workspace. This allows you to smooth edges, adjust the feather, and remove any unwanted areas. Pay special attention to hair and other fine details.

Copying and Pasting the Selection

With your selection refined, copy the selected person by pressing Ctrl+C (Windows) or Cmd+C (Mac). Switch to the destination image and paste the selection with Ctrl+V (Windows) or Cmd+V (Mac). The person will appear on a new layer.

Positioning and Resizing the Person

Using the Move Tool

Use the Move Tool (V) to position the person where you want them in the destination image.

Resizing with Free Transform

To resize, press Ctrl+T (Windows) or Cmd+T (Mac) to activate Free Transform. Hold the Shift key to maintain proportions and drag the corners to adjust the size.

Adjusting Lighting and Color

To make the person blend seamlessly into the new image, you need to match the lighting and color.

Adjusting Lighting

Use adjustment layers like Brightness/Contrast or Levels to match the lighting. You can also use the Dodge and Burn tools to lighten or darken specific areas.

Adjusting Color

Use adjustment layers like Hue/Saturation or Color Balance to match the color tones. This helps ensure the person looks like they belong in the new image.

Creating Shadows

Shadows are crucial for making the addition look natural.

Painting Shadows

Create a new layer below the person’s layer. Use a soft brush with low opacity and paint black where the shadow should fall.

Adjusting Shadows

Adjust the opacity of the shadow layer to make it look realistic. Use the Gaussian Blur filter to soften the shadow’s edges for a more natural look.

Final Touches

Inspecting for Imperfections

Zoom in and check for any areas that need touch-ups. Use the Clone Stamp Tool or the Healing Brush Tool to blend any rough edges or inconsistencies.

Blending the Person into the Background

Ensure the person looks naturally integrated into the background. Make any final adjustments to lighting, color, and shadows as needed.

Saving Your Work

Saving as a PSD File

Save your work as a PSD file first to preserve all the layers for future editing.

Saving for Sharing

Save a copy in your preferred format (JPEG, PNG) for sharing. Go to File > Save As and choose the appropriate format.


By following these steps, you can convincingly Photoshop someone into a picture, creating seamless and realistic composites. Practice makes perfect, so keep experimenting with different images and techniques to improve your skills. Happy Photoshopping!

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