Hello everyone. Bit of a stupid newbie question here, I'm just wondering if someone can tell me how magazines do something like this, where they have a person on a layer on top of the magazine name header (Cooking Light & Elle in the examples below).
My first assumption was they would just cut the person out of the original background and then place it on top of the new background. But then I thought maybe they leave the original background in, and just cut the "background" parts out, i.e., of the n, g, L and i in "Cooking Light."
I'd love to know what PS technique they use to make something like this. many thanks in advance!
If you use a white background and studio lighting it is possible to get a pure white backdrop. If you don't have pure white, yes, you would cut the person out and put them on a white background.
As for the text, you would select the person and copy them to a new layer. Then you would place some of your text under the cut-out-person layer (so it appears to be behind the person) and some above the cut-out-person layer (so it appears in front of the person).
See this example I made. Note the layers and their position:
Hope this helps!
This is basic "compositing" (not a real word). Google it and study up on Layer Masking. Here's a primer: Creating a composite image in Adobe Photoshop CS6 | Adobe Inspire Magazine
For what it's worth, the magazine covers are probably not Photoshop images, but rather layered-up page compositions done in a page-layout app like InDesign, where the type controls are superior to Photoshop.