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Online User Guide - BodyShots Business
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5. Using the images

All of the BodyShots images are photographed against a white background. This makes it easy for you to assemble two or more images into a single scene or to paste images onto a background of your choice ­ or both!

Several figures can be grouped
into a single scene
Images can be pasted onto a background to create a surreal effect

Pasting images onto a background

To overlap two images or paste an image onto a background, use an imagemanipulation application such as Adobe Photoshop, and follow these steps:

  1. Open your background image, and adjust it to the size you want (choose "Image Size" from the "Image" menu). Keep this image open.
  2. Open your foreground image, and adjust it to the appropriate size to fit onto the background.
  3. With the foreground image active, choose "Select All" from the "Select" menu.
  4. Now click on the background image window to make it active, and choose "Paste" from the "Edit" menu. The foreground image is pasted onto the background, but within a white rectangular area which obscures some of the background.
  5. Without deselecting the pasted image, choose "Composite Controls" from the "Edit" menu. In the "Mode" pop-up menu in the dialog box which appears, choose "Multiply." The pasted image now blends with the background image. Click "OK," and then move the pasted image to where you want it on the background.
  6. Now make the foreground image active by clicking on its window. Double-click on the Magic Wand tool to open its Options dialog box. Set the tolerance to zero, and check the "Antialias" box. Click "OK."
  7. With the Magic Wand selected, click on the white backdrop to the BodyShots figure. Choose "Inverse" from the "Select" menu.
  8. Choose "Copy" from the "Edit" menu.
  9. Make the window with the background active, and choose "Paste" from the the "Edit" menu. Move the pasted figure so that it sits exactly on top of the figure you pasted in step 4 (choose "Hide Edges" from the "Select" menu to make positioning clearer ­ use the arrow keys on your keyboard for fine tuning).
  10. Finally, choose "Defringe" from the "Select" menu ­ the pixel width you specify will depend on how large your image is, but one or two pixels is usually sufficient.

Pasting vignettes onto a background

BodyShots images can be vignetted onto a background by creating a graduated mask:

  1. Using the Lassoo tool, select the area of your background where you want to place a BodyShots image.
  2. Create a new channel in the "Channels" window. Your selection boundary is visible in the new channel. Select "Feather" from the "Select" menu, and enter a radius which is appropriate for the degree of vignette you require. You may need to experiment with different radius values to find the one which is best for your image.
  3. Fill the selection with 100% black ("Edit" menu), and then choose "Map" > "Invert" from the "Image" menu.

    You now have a vignette mask. To place the BodyShots image:

  4. With your BodyShots image open, double-click on the Magic Wand tool to open its Options dialog box. Set the tolerance to zero, and check the "Antialias" box. Click "OK."
  5. With the Magic Wand selected, click on the white backdrop to the BodyShots figure. Choose "Inverse" from the "Select" menu.
  6. Choose "Copy" from the "Edit" menu.
  7. With the window of your background image active, choose "Paste Into" from the the "Edit" menu. Move the pasted figure so that it sits exactly where you want it.


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