Now that the girl is masked, we want to place the entire image onto the beach, including the transparent areas, in a way that makes the girl appear as if she is walking on the beach.
Using the Place Command
We'll be using Photoshop's Place command to place the girl onto the beach. In Photoshop CC, we're given two options for placing images - Place Embedded and Place Linked. Each of these options functions differently:
- Place Embedded allows us to place an entire image into another Photoshop document. It is treated as a Smart Object, which means that the object is embedded right in the file itself. This command functions like the Place command did in previous versions of Photoshop. This creates a bigger file that doesn't rely on having the secondary image separately available.
- Place Linked lets us place a link to an existing file into our Photoshop document. It makes it easier for us to separately update an image that is included across a range of documents. Place Linked behaves similarly to how the Place command works in InDesign. To work properly, the secondary linked image must be available.
For today, we'll be using Place Embedded, as we are only going to use the girl image once. Let's move to the beach scene and place the girl into it.
Step1. To activate the beach image, next to the girl on rock.psd tab,
Click the beach.psd tab
NOTE: If not using tabbed windows, to activate the beach image, on the Menu bar, Click Window, Click beach.psd.
Step2. To activate the top layer, in the Layers panel,
Click the top layer
Step3. To place the girl image, on the Menu bar,
Click File, Click Place Embedded
Step4. To place the image of the girl,
Double-Click girl on rock.psd
Step5. To confirm our placement, in the Options panel above the image,
Using the Move Tool
The Move tool in Photoshop offers a tool allows us to press and drag to reposition selected pixels. When we use the Move tool without any pixels selected, we move all the pixels on the active layer.
Let's move the girl into place on the beach.
Step1. To activate the Move tool, in the Tools panel,
Step2. To move the girl onto the sand,
Press & Drag downward until the girl's feet appear to be on the sand near the waves
Step3. Save the file.
Using the Scale Command
Now that we understand the Layers panel a bit better, we can begin manipulating the picture so the girl's size looks appropriate on the beach scene. Right now, the girl is much too large. Let's reduce the size of the girl to appear farther back in the picture, and close to the water.
We will use the Scale command, which allows us to resize the image.
Step1. Verify that the Girl on rock layer is active.
Step2. To begin resizing the girl, on the Menu bar,
Click Edit, Point Transform, Click Scale
Activating the Scale command produces a frame around the image with handles on and between each corner. When we use handles to resize the image, it is scaled but can become distorted. To keep the image height and width proportions intact, we will scale it proportionally.
Let's see how this works.
Step1. To make the image proportionally smaller, press and hold:
Shift key, Press & Drag the top-right handle down and to the left
Step2. Adjust the girl until she looks smaller and more distant.
Step3. To confirm the scale adjustment,
Double-Click inside the outlined area of the girl
Step4. To reposition the girl, if necessary,
Press & Drag the girl onto the edge of the water
Step5. Save the file.