6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2009 11:02 AM by keralesh11 RSS

    how to merge two photos

    keralesh11 Community Member

      I am new to photoshop cs4 extended, I previously had elements 6. I have two photos of dogs and want to merge them into one. How can I do that and keep the proportion of the dogs proper even though the photos are not proportionate? One photo closer up than other, but when I merge I want dog sizes to be proportionate. Can this be done, and if so, how? I really appreciate all your help, you have been wonderful. Thanks.t

        • 1. Re: how to merge two photos
          370H55V Community Member

          What you want to look into is Panorama Tools

          • 2. Re: how to merge two photos
            Wade_Zimmerman Community Member

            if you mean like the photo below it is done by

             

            copying the photo of the dog on the left to the image of the dog on the right.

             

            then selecting the layer with the dog on the left and giving it a transparency of 50% in the layers panel (so you can see what you are doing.)

             

            then using the free transform tool and using the corner anchor points and holding the shift key while scaling the image until they look right to you.

             

            then you either use the eraser tool to carefully erase the unwanted background on the top layer with the dog on the left (btw you have to reposition the dog on the left to actually be on the left after you scale the dog,) or you use the pen tool to create a ath defining the dogs outline and turn that into a selection and hit delete to remove the background.

             

            the above requires skill and a little patience.

             

            then you position the dog on the left, if you want you can place it on the right.

             

            then once you are happy with the scale  and position and removal of the background you can adjust the color and tonal quality using the Curves and
            or Hue Saturation adjustments and perhaps the dodge and burn tools as well.

             

            The way you sue the adjustments on just the dog on the left since it is on its own layer is to hold the command (control) key down while clicking on the layers icon in the layers panel which will only select what are active pixels on that layer.

             

            Once you have it selected you can then select an adjustment to make which will be previewed and applied to only that selected area.

             

            You have to select it for each adjustment you make that you want to only apply to that region.

             

            two Dogs.jpg

            Very cute couple!

             

            Merry Christmas!

            • 3. Re: how to merge two photos
              370H55V Community Member

              Good work Wade!


              • 4. Re: how to merge two photos
                keralesh11 Community Member

                Thank you so much, it's great. Merry Christmas to you, too

                • 5. Re: how to merge two photos
                  Wade_Zimmerman Community Member

                  You're welcome.

                   

                  But I have a question which is  because something is not clear to me.

                   

                  The description I posted was it clear and helpful to you were you able to do this yourself.

                   

                  I know I can easily do this and I hope you can use the file but are you able to understand my instructions?

                   

                  Often times other users say they cannot understand they way I wrote the instructions, so I often do vides?

                   

                  If you are able to follow the instructions I would love to see how it worked out for you.

                   

                  I don't know that you will ever have need to do this for yourself but it is good practice and something that is not critical.

                   

                  Use this well and enjoy by all means, but please give it a try yourself.

                   

                  If you are not up to yet I appreciate that as well.

                   

                  Have a great New Year!

                   

                  I love the dogs give hem each a couple of extra pets for me.

                  • 6. Re: how to merge two photos
                    keralesh11 Community Member

                    I just got Photoshop CS4 Extended and am practicing with it, as I did with my elements 6. I will use this all the time, as people have already asked me if I can merge two photos. Hopefully I wil be able to try it this weekend, or next , and if I have any problems, I hope  it's ok If I ask  you. If not, I understand. The dogs are fabulous and I gave them a hug from you. Thanks again, I really appreciate your help. I don't get as much time as I would like to work with Photoshop and there is SO MUCH you can do with it. I read help sections first, but sometimes they are difficult to understand and don't address your specific problem. Hope you have a have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

                     

                    Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 09:24:34 -0700

                    From: forums@adobe.com

                    To: keralesh@msn.com

                    Subject: how to merge two photos

                     

                    You're welcome.

                     

                    But I have a question which is  because something is not clear to me.

                     

                    The description I posted was it clear and helpful to you were you able to do this yourself.

                     

                    I know I can easily do this and I hope you can use the file but are you able to understand my instructions?

                     

                    Often times other users say they cannot understand they way I wrote the instructions, so I often do vides?

                     

                    If you are able to follow the instructions I would love to see how it worked out for you.

                     

                    I don't know that you will ever have need to do this for yourself but it is good practice and something that is not critical.

                     

                    Use this well and enjoy by all means, but please give it a try yourself.

                     

                    If you are not up to yet I appreciate that as well.

                     

                    Have a great New Year!

                     

                    I love the dogs give hem each a couple of extra pets for me.

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