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Category: Adobe Photoshop

Change a buildings background in Photoshop - Want to move a building to a new location? Well you can with Photoshop.

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Ever taken a photo of a building that you think would look better in a different location? Well now you can move the building to any location you like and there's no demolishing or rebuilding involved.

Step 1: Move your building

It's important your two images have similar looking ground because it will look slightly odd if they don't! Then on the background image create a new layer (Layer>New Layer) and drag your building onto this new layer with the move tool. If the image is a little big go to Edit>Free Transform and adjust the image.

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Free transform in Photoshop

Step 2: Cut your building out

To make the building appear like it's always sat in the background you've chosen you need to cut it out of the original scene. The easiest way to do this is with the Polygonal Lasso Tool. Simply click and draw lines around your building, keeping some of the surrounding ground as part of the selection. Once you connect the lines back up with the start you'll have a queue of running ants. At the moment the building is selected but we want to reverse this by going to Select>Inverse. Once you've done this hit the delete key to leave your building sitting on the new background. Go to Select>Deselect to remove the selection.

Give a building a new background in Photoshop Give a building a new background in Photoshop

Step 3: Blend the layers

Our building is now on the new background but it still looks a little out of place. To fix this you need to blend the two layers (Layer>Merge Down) then select the Clone Tool and go around the edges of the building to remove the obvious line that exists currently.

Finished image:
Image with a new background

You've read the article, now go take some fantastic images. You can then upload the pictures, plus any advice and suggestions you have into the dedicated Photo Month forum for everyone at ePHOTOzine to enjoy.

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