Adding People

Adding People To Pictures
Now you can touch up your photos, which is an extremely useful skill with this next lesson.

How often have you been with a group of people...family, friends, school classes... and there is that one person who conveniently disappears right before the picture was taken, and reappears right after the image has been taken?
Chances are, pretty often.

In those cases, you would usually try to retake the picture, but now you don’t have to. All you need is the image that is missing one person, and a picture of the person who disappeared.

The first step is to open both the group picture, and a picture of the missing person into Photoshop. For this tutorial, I will be using a class picture, shown below and the student who was absent the day it was taken, also shown below..

Once the images are opened in Photoshop, go onto the one that has the single person in it. You are going to select the lasso tool, shown below, and select around the person, shown under the lasso tool. (Note: When using the lasso, you cannot click around the object and must hold and drag around the object.)
Once you have selected around him, you should see what is referred to as ‘Marching Ants’, which is the dashed line that shows around your selection. After selecting him, copy and paste him into the image of the entire class.
After he is inserted into the entire class image, you need to lower the opacity until you can see both the single person and the entire class behind him.
To set the opacity, go the right toolbar and look for the word opacity next to 100%.
After you have set the opacity to be able to see both the entire class and the single person you need to line him up so that he looks as if he was there originally.
The next thing you need to do is enable a layer mask to remove the remaining background surrounding the person. To enable a layer mask, go to the side panel and select the icon that shows a circle inside of a rectangle, shown below.
Once the layer mask has been enabled, select the paintbrush and ensure that the color is white before you begin to paint because if you don’t, the image that is currently there, may erase itself. With the layer mask enabled, paint around the background of the person. until you are happy with the result.
Once the single person is where you want and the background has been erased enough that he looks as if he belongs in the image, all that is left to do is to touch up both photos so that it looks as if it was one image.
In the image above, the kid in black looks as if he was there the entire time, and if you had not already learned that he was missing, you probably wouldn't be able to tell.

Now that you can add people to images, what happens when there is that one person who walks into the background right as the picture is taken? Well, that will be the next lesson.


  1. Wow! This is really awesome. I myself have never been able to utilize photoshop, nor would I know how to start. The way you explained this made me feel like I could pick up a computer and try photoshop myself. I really like how you take the reader step-by-step through the process to ensure they follow the correct procedure. Very well-written blog, nice job!

  2. I liked how you made it seem very easy to do but it's probably not. I used photoshop once when I was in Media Camp but the way you explained this made it seem like I could just go back there and be able to add a person to the photo. It was very easy to comprehend and understand. Very well written blog, keep it up!

  3. Really good job on the blog. I like how it is easy to follow the steps and it makes me feel like I could do this even if I've only used photoshop once. Keep up the good work.

  4. Awesome job explaining how to do this! I sometimes have trouble figuring out how to do certain things in Photoshop, but good examples like this always help me out! Good job