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Mix Clothes and Background in Photoshop

Posted on 17th May 2018
For this tutorial, you will need an image of a person with easy to outline clothing and one of a contrasting “Pattern” to be used as “Background”.

1 - In Photoshop, open the image you wish to use as “Background”. Go to Edit > Define Pattern, give it a name and save it.







2 - Open the image you are going to “Blend” into the “Background”. In case you need it, “Fix” the image. We used Image > “Auto Contrast”.



3 - Use the “Quick Selection Tool” (W) to make your selection. Make sure to use the “Add to Selection” option (or the “Subtract from Selection” if you wish to do so). Once you are done, click on the “Select and Mask” button on the Top menu. Play around with the settings and the “Tools” until your image borders are neat and then choose the “Output to Layer Mask” option for saving.















4 - If you notice some inconsistencies with your image’s borders, select the “Brush Tool” (B), make sure you are working on the “Mask” thumbnail and using Black, erase the portions of the image that you don’t need (or bring them back by using White instead).



5 - “Drag” or “Paste” (Command/Control + V) your “Masked” image into your “Background” Document and use “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T) to resize it if needed.







6 - Double-click on top of the “Background” Layer to “Unlock” it (click “OK” on the Pop-Up), then, double-click again and apply the following “Layer Styles”:



Pattern Overlay: (Use the Pattern you saved before).



7 - Right-click on top of your “Layer Mask” Thumbnail and choose “Apply Layer Mask”. Give the Layer a name and “Duplicate” it (Command/Control + J).







8 - Add a “Layer Mask” to both your “Dude” Layers by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. Make a selection by clicking on the middle layer thumbnail while holding the “Command/Control” key.





9 - Making sure that the “Layer Mask” is selected go to Select > Color Range, at first use “None” as “Selection Preview” and click on top of the clothes in your image with the left-hand “Eyedropper” to make a selection. Then, change the “Selection Preview” to “Grayscale” and use the Middle “Eyedropper” to add the dark portions of the clothes to the selection. You should end up with the clothing completely white. Change the “Fuzziness” a bit too if needed.









10 - Hide the Top and Bottom Layers by clicking on the small eye icon to the left of its thumbnail and check your “Mask”. Click on your “Layer’s Mask” Thumbnail while holding the Alt/Option key to bring out the “Mask View” (Black and White). Use the “Brush Tool” (B), to fix it. In the really tight or small spots change the Brush “Mode” to “Overlay”. Try to make all the White and Black areas “Full” Black or White. You can lower the “Density” of your Mask to check if the edges work in the “Properties Panel”.







11 - Drag the “Layer Mask” from your “Dude” Layer onto the “Dude copy” Layer Mask while holding the “Alt/Option” key to “Replace” it and then, “Invert” it (Command/Control + I). Check if the “Edges” of the two layers work and play around with the “Layer Mask” until you are satisfied. You may need to “Replace” one of the “Layer Mask” again if changes are made to the other.





12 - Create a “Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer” on top of your “Dude” Layer (the one with just the clothes), decrease the “Saturation” to -100 and “Clip” it to your Layer by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Properties Panel”.





13 - Create a New “Pattern Fill” Layer (click on the small Black and White Circle at the bottom of the Panel and choose “Pattern). Use the Patter created before as “Fill”, then, right-click on top of its Thumbnail and choose “Create Clipping Mask”. We will need to change the “Blending Mode” to bring out some of the clothing detail. We used “Linear Burn” but it may change depending on your “Pattern” and/or Image. You may need to “Fix” the “Edges” again.











14 -  Create a “Levels Adjustment Layer” between the “Hue/Saturation” and the “Pattern” ones and make sure its “Clipped” too. With this Layer, you can play around with the “Levers” to bring out the “Folds” in the clothes. We changed the “Blending Mode” of the “Pattern Fill Adjustment Layer” to “Overlay” and changed the values of the “Levels Adjustment Layer”. Finally, we created an “Exposure Adjustment Layer” on top of the “Pattern Fill”, lowered its “Opacity” to 60%, and “Clipped” it too.









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