How to combine a car and a new background in Photoshop
In this guide, I will tell you how to turn a simple photo of a car into something impressive. As well as how to choose a new background and place the car on it using Adobe Photoshop tools.
The two photographs shown above were taken on the same deserted road. But thanks to the magic of Photoshop, one car is now in a cold mountainous terrain, and the other in an exotic metropolis!
Using a circular polarizing camera removes most of the reflections on the body and windows. The remaining reflections can be edited using the Stamp tool, or integrated into a new environment. For example, a photograph used as an example has a distorted reflection of a building alongside a car. But it complements the urban landscape.
Download the image from the camera and change the color tone and image balance.
To place the car on a new background, you must first cut it. To bypass the contour of the car, use the Lasso tool. Select the car, not reaching the edge a few pixels, so as not to capture random spots on the background.
Create a contour along the bottom of the car, then follow the contour and draw a continuous line to the starting point.
Right-click and select Select Area. Then copy and paste the selected outline of the car onto a new layer.
Now you can add a new background. A new landscape photograph should be taken from the same angle and similar terrain lighting. The Road In The City photo shows a road that goes into the distance in the same direction as the original photo. And the area is shaded in the same way as in the original photo.
To select a scene angle, lower the opacity of the new back layer. Then move it so that the horizon lines overlap.
The layout process is simplified if you keep the original path during the final editing. Apply the “Layer Mask” to the new layer with the landscape. Then with a soft black brush we erase the foreground to return the original road.
Borders and sidewalks can be used as a seam for overlaying two backgrounds. Adjust the brush size and use the X key to switch between black and white to erase and restore areas of the mask.
The new background must be adjusted to make the composition look realistic. Convert its layer to a smart object.
Disabling the new background layer shows the difference in depth of field between the two backgrounds. Elements in the background of the original image are blurry, and the stock photo was taken with a smaller aperture.
Visually assess the degree of blurring of the image from the camera, then turn on the layer visibility again and go to the menu (Filter> Blur Gallery> Blur Field).
Increase Blur to mimic the effect of the depth of field of the original image.
The Blur Gallery filters have options that are useful for adjusting the appearance of two photos. The car’s photo shows small ISO digital noise, while the background is much cleaner. Move the Granularity slider to increase the graininess of the background.
The car was cut off in its contour. But its window still displays the original background. Apply a layer mask and use the Brush tool to erase the excess and show the correct background.
The window area will not be so bright and sharp. Therefore, draw a outline around the window using the Pen tool and create a selection.
Add a new layer. Then fill the selection with the color taken from the adjacent window. Change the blending mode of the layer to “Multiply” so that the background appears through.
Reduce the opacity of the layer until the background looks realistic.
Upon close examination of a car’s photo, sharp edges stand out where it was cut with the Pen tool. Select the car layer, then activate the Blur tool.
Reduce the intensity to about 50-70%. Then, using a small brush, swipe along the edges of the car, simulating the natural blur of a photo lens. Far edges require more blur than the foreground.
A great way to complete image processing is to use free filters for applying light effects. Change the blending mode to “Screen” to make the dark background invisible.
Lower the opacity of the layer to adjust the blending effect. Overlaying can add a few bright highlights to the image.
As a result, we got a photo with a stunning background that enhances the atmosphere of the image. Preservation of the original road ensured the realism of the location of the car on the pavement. Effects of slight blur and correspond to the visual characteristics of the original image.