Cre­ative pho­to­shop Make a snow globe

How many Pho­to­shop tools does it take to change a light bulb? Bright spark James Pater­son has the an­swer, and he’ll show you how to use them…

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There’s much fun to be had in Pho­to­shop by merg­ing two im­ages into an off­beat mon­tage. The tech­nique also calls upon many of Pho­to­shop’s most fun­da­men­tal tools, such as lay­ers and blend­ing modes, so it’s a great way to learn core skills.

Here we’ll com­bine a light bulb and a tree into a seam­less scene. Cut­ting out the tree would take a while, but we can get al­most in­stant re­sults with the Mul­ti­ply blend­ing mode. Be­cause the tree is a dark ob­ject against a very light back­drop, the lighter ar­eas are ef­fec­tively elim­i­nated with a sin­gle click. The light patches of snow along the branches are also lost, but it’s easy enough to bring them back sim­ply by paint­ing a mask on a du­pli­cate layer.

The trick to a mon­tage like this is to make it as con­vinc­ing as pos­si­ble. So to help make the tree ap­pear as if it’s in­side the light bulb we’ll copy the bulb reflections on top of the tree. We’ve pro­vided the bulb and tree im­ages, but you can use the same skills to put any­thing you like in­side the bulb (it helps if it’s shot against a light back­drop). So why not give it a go and make your own fan­tas­ti­cal mon­tages us­ing any ob­ject that takes your fancy? We’d love to see them.

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