DIY Backdrop Pt.IV

Slicing and Dicing
Slicing the photo

Slicing the photo

I used the Selection Tool to copy the last third of the photo and remove that bit from the photo. I then enlarged that 1/3 copy so that the width was the same as the 2/3 bit.

Bottom Border

Bottom Border

Next I went to the 2/3 photo and added a border to the bottom of the photo equal to the height of the 1/3 photo portion. This is excessive but gave me room to maneuver one photo over the other. I’ll get rid of the excess border later.

At this point make sure you save as a filetype PSPIMAGE. We will be working with layers and the .psp filetype will save all of that.

Select sky with Magic Wand Tool

Select sky with Magic Wand Tool

Next go to the 1/3 bit. Select the Magic Wand Tool. You will have to play with the settings as each photo is different. I unchecked “Contiguous” as I didn’t want to select the sky color any place else then .. well .. the sky. For this SBS I was working on a smaller photo (for speed) and I used a Tolerance of 18. With the full-size photo you will be using zoom in to where the sky meets the buildings and adjust the Tolerance until you select sky and not building.

Inverted Selection

Inverted Selection

Now – from the menu choose “Selections” → “Invert”. Now, only the buildings are selected. From the menu chose “Edit” → “Copy” (or Ctrl+C). This copies that last bit of work to the clipboard. Let it stay there happy while we go back to the 2/3 photo with the bottom border.

Layering
Add Layer

Add Layer

Click the tab containing the 2/3 photo that we added the border to. The next step is to add a layer on top – where we will insert the graphic that we copied to the clipboard.

You can chose “Layers” → “New Raster Layer” from the menu – or – the “New Layer” icon in the Layers screen – and again choose Raster layer. I gave it a name “Foreground” just for giggles. That’s not necessary unless you are working with multiple layers. Make sure that this layer is selected ..

Paste into Layer

Paste into Layer

.. with the new layer selected you can now paste our graphic that has been sitting waiting patiently in the clipboard. Now we can choose “Edit” → “Paste as new selection” – or – Ctrl+E. The pasted section is now ‘glued to the cursor”. Move the image around until you are happy with it. Deselect (depending on which tool you have active you can Right Click to deselect – Magic Wand and Selection Tools for example). This graphic is not sitting on the Raster Layer. If we want to move it more simply use the Selection Tool to select the entire graphic. Since it is sitting on a layer you can move it without disturbing the photo below.

Note: I you look closely at the far right there is a bit of one of the steamboats sitting on the bottom layer. I could have moved the Foreground layer up to cover that – but I would have lost too many interesting buildings. I’ll get rid of that another way.



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