Moving Portrait to Digital Background

by Shaundi
(Marlborough, NH)



Q: I can pretty much figure out how to erase the background and how to overlay the portrait onto the digital background, but I haven't been able to figure out how to keep my portrait the same SIZE as my digital background. it seems to be the size of a thumbnail after I move it. I also can't figure out how to keep the edges clean and my hair looking like hair. it's most frustrating. LOL

A: Hi Shaundi,

I hope I can help alleviate some of your frustration.

My guess is that with your size issue it's a matter of different resolutions between the Portrait and the Background. Try this:

With your Background image active in Photoshop Elements go up to the Image menu and choose Resize>Image Size….

Look at the Resolution field and remember what it is. Jot it down if you want. Click on the Cancel button to close the Dialog Box.

Now open your Portrait in Photoshop Elements. Open the Image Size Dialog Box again. Look for the Resample Image box near the bottom. Make sure the box is checked. In the Resolution field type in the number that you remembered from your Background image. Click OK.

Your Portrait will probably look bigger now. Drag it onto your Background image and it should be the size that it was before you Resized it.

One thing to be aware of is when you size up an image it has the possibility of degrading in quality. If that happens in your case, first undo the resizing you did to your Portrait image and notice what the Resolution of your Portrait is now that you changed it back.

Open the Image Size Dialog Box for the Background image. Again, make sure the Resample Image box is checked. In the Resolution field enter the Resolution of your Portrait image. Click OK. Your Background image will appear to get smaller, but if you look at the width and height fields, they are the same.

Now drag and drop your Portrait onto the Background image and the size of your Portrait should stay the same.

With this method you reduce the resolution of your Background image which will degrade some of the detail, but it might be a better alternative because there probably isn't as much important detail in the Background image as there is in the Portrait.

As for holding the hair detail the Magic Extractor Tool usually does an excellent job of holding fine detail.

Check out my Magic Extractor Tool video.

Or if the original Portrait's background isn't too varied the Background Eraser Tool might work for you.

Good luck Shaundi, if you need more clarification use the link below to add a comment.


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