Paint Shop Pro Tutorial: Photo Escaping Boundaries

This article will serve as a Paint Shop Pro tutorial on how to create the illusion of an object coming out of the photo it is in. This article will walk you through the steps in creating a photo that escapes its boundary.

Step 1 - Select Your Photo

This effect works well for photos where one object would look natural coming out of its surroundings and extending beyond the borders of the photo. The main subject needs to be at a slightly profile position so it is easily distinguishable from the background image.

Step 2 - Background

The first thing you will need to do is convert the background layer of your photo. From the menu at the top of the screen select "Layers" then "Promote Background Layer." The next thing you will need to do is duplicate the layer by selecting "Duplicate" under "Layers." Hide the "copy of" layer by clicking the Visibility toggle icon (the image of the eye in your layer list.) Then make the original your current layer to work on.

Step 3 - Freehand Selection

The next step in the process is to outline where you want the background photo of your final image to be using the freehand selection tool. This should be at a slightly skewed perspective angle around the subject that you want to be coming off the photo. If your subject's head and arm will be coming out of the photo the shape you create should have the arm and head outside of it.

Step 4 - Invert

At this point your freehand selection will be selected and you will need to invert it by pressing Crtl + Shift + I and hit delete. Invert it a second time and got to "Selections", "Modify", "Contrast", and contrast the selection by 8 pixels. This will create an edge around your current image that you can then select and "Flood fill" white for the border. Then make the background layer visible and decrease its opacity until you can see the edge of your selection you just created.

Step 5 - Selection

At this point you can use whatever method you prefer to select the parts of your subject you want to be coming out of the photo. To select multiple objects hold the "Shift" key while you outline. Then invert again and delete. Then increase the opacity of the background back to 100.

Step 6 - Mesh Warp

Deselect all by pressing Ctrl + D and make your original layer the active layer. Select the "Mesh Warp" tool and it will highlight your image with a grid. Drag the edges of your photo to the left slightly to give it a warped visual.

Step 7 - Shadows

If needed you can add shadows beyond the borders in your photo by highlighting the area you want to be shadowed and selecting "Effects", "3D Effects", "Drop Shadow" then adjusting the shadow options as needed. The last step to take is to merge all layers into one by selecting "Layers", "Merge", and "Merge Visible."

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