Manipulating Color Photography Art in Photoshop

Photoshop is a great way to fix or add effects to your color photography art. With Photoshop, you can add new items to your foreground and match the colors so that it looks as if the foreground image was always there. While these steps are for advanced users, beginners should be able to quickly pick up on these steps.

Step 1: Cut out an Image

If you want to add an image to your background, you can select an object from another photograph by using the Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop and dragging it around the image that you want cut out. You should zoom into and out of the image to determine whether or not everything is selected correctly. If not, you simply need to use the plus and minus icons to fix the problem.

You then need to remove the background from you object by going to Select and then Inverse. You can refine the edges of your image within the Refine Edges dialog box.

Step 2: Add a New Foreground Image

Once the image looks good, add it to your background. But, you know need to make sure that the new foreground images match the tones of the background. To do this, go into Image, Adjustment and then Match color. Make the Source your new foreground image, and the layer will be the background image.

This should match the two colors, but you can adjust the fade value to make it more realistic.

Step 3: Add Additional Items

You can add additional items the same way as above, and you add shadows to those items by using a new black color layer and reducing its opacity. Then, you simply align the shadow up behind or underneath objects.