STE P BY STE P / Hover craft
Copy over the layer
Open the images of the subject and the empty scene in Photoshop. Go to the empty image, then go to the Layers panel (Window>Layers). Right-click the ‘Background’ layer and choose Duplicate Layer. In the Destination Settings choose the other image, hit OK.
Add a full mask
Go to the other image, you’ll now have two layers in the Layers panel. With the upper layer highlighted, hold Alt and click the rectangular Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. This will add a full black layer mask that completely hides the layer.
Brush over the bench
We can now paint with white to reveal the background, thereby hiding the bench. Grab the Brush tool from the Tools panel (hit B). Press D to set your colour to white. Right-click and decrease the brush hardness to 0, then paint over the bench to reveal parts of the empty scene.
Perfect the mask
Zoom in close and continue perfecting your layer mask. If you reveal too much of the empty scene, simply hit X to switch to black and paint to hide it again. Use the ] and [ keys to resize your brush tip, and Shift-click between two points to paint a line between them.
Tidy the clothes
Click the New Layer icon in the Layers panel. Grab the Clone tool from the Tools panel and set it to Sample All Layers. Zoom in to where the clothes meet the bench. Alt-click to sample clothes and clone over messy areas, hiding the join and adding extra detail where necessary.
Enhance the tones
Finally, make any tonal changes you think necessary. We like to use the Camera Raw filter for this. Hit Cmd/ Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to merge a layer, then go to Filter> Camera Raw Filter. Use the Basic tonal controls to add contrast, tweak colours and boost clarity. Hit OK.