Create a Coffee Cake Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to take pieces from multiple photos and seamlessly blend them into a “coffee cake” photo manipulation.

This tutorial will also explore unique ways to work with paths and smart objects. Let’s get started!

Tutorial Details
  • Applications Used: Adobe Photoshop CS4+
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Estimated Completion Time: 3h +

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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating

Step 1

Open the first image of the cup of coffee.

Step 2

We are going to extract the cup and saucer as separate elements. To start, use the Ellipse Tool to make a path around the saucer only. Make sure you have the Paths option selected in the Top Menu bar. It is also good practice to name the path in the Paths Panel.

Step 3

As long as your Ellipse Tool is still selected, you can right-click the path and select “Make Selection.”

Copy (Command/Ctrl + C) and Paste (Command/Ctrl + V) this selection onto a new layer. Rename this new layer “Saucer.”

Step 4

Going back to the original image layer, use the Pen Tool (P) to select just the cup now.

Step 5

Right-click the path and select “Make Selection.” Copy and Paste to a new layer. Rename this layer “Cup.”

…and that’s the end of the preview!

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