Photoshop Tutorial – Bride and Groom in a Champagne Glass

Photoshop Tutorial

You will begin by opening the two images we need so the couple can “go for a dip” in the glass: the happy couple and the champagne glass. And here’s the little trick I’d like to pass along to you.
STEP ONE: With the Elliptical Marquee tool, make a selection that encompasses the main focus of the couple, then feather your selection using Re_ ne Edge (Select gt;Re_ ne Edge). In the Edge dialog, click the On White icon (circled) and check the Preview box so you can see the effect your manipulation of the controls will have on the selection. Click OK when you’re. We gave the selection a vignette of softening the outer edges (as shown).

STEP TWO: With the Move tool (V), drag-and-drop the selected couple into the document containing the wine glass. (It sounds a little drastic but that’s the terminology. I assure you they weren’t harmed in the process.) You may have to resize or rotate your image to, which you can do using the Free Transform tool (Command-T [PC: Ctrl-T]).

STEP THREE: It looks like a decal! So to make it look like the couple is inside the glass, we need to let the highlights on the glass and the surface of the liquid show through. We can do that using the Blend If controls found in the Layer Style dialog. Double-click on the layer (Layer 1) to open the Layer Style dialog. Under Styles, the default should be highlighted (Blending Options: Default). At the bottom of the Blending Options section, you’ll the Blend If controls.

STEP FOUR: There are two sliders: This Layer and Underlying Layer (see “Blend If Explained” for more on using these controls).We’ll be using the Underlying Layer slider for our couple in- the champagne glass example because the highlights on the glass and liquid are in the underlying layer. Let’s drag the Underlying Layer white slider to the left to allow these values to be seen through the layer and lower our Fill Opacity to 83%.

STEP FIVE: Because there’s a hard edge to the highlights, let’s soften that edge by splitting the slider. Press the Option (PC: Alt) key and click-and-drag the left part of the white slider to the left (we chose 206 and we also dragged the right slider to the right to 249). Click OK. This softens the edges, making the highlights look a bit more pleasing.

STEP SIX: Some sections of the background’s highlights weren’t quite what we wanted so, using a soft-edged Brush (B), we painted over those sections of the underlying layer with a color that was darker than the current Blend If values.

Written by EllenB