How to add image?

Posted on 2012-09-18
Last Modified: 2012-10-22

I have an issue with Photoshop, I have downloaded a template (PSD) and I am trying to modify it, basically add an image into the designated area but I am not sure how.

I have imported an image into the PSD file, it is called "Layer 4" and what I am trying to do is insert it into the "cropped looking" space that has the "image here" text.

How can I do this? If I just leave it the way it is now, it overlays on top of other objects in the image. Is there a trick to doing this? How can I import Layer 4 inside the "image here" destination.

Please provide me the steps as I am very new to PS6.
Question by:mirde
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    Accepted Solution

    I am assuming that your new image covers the entire "image here" area.

    The best way to do this is...

    With layer 4 being active, use your marquee tool to drag a selection that matches the "image here" area. Then, at the bottom of your layers pallet, press the "mask" icon. This is the box with the circle that is third from the left.

    This should hide all of the overlapping image and allow the other layers to show.
    Most likely you would like to adjust the size of this image so that it fits better into the area and not just hide the overlapping area. Here is how to do that.

    In the layers pallet you will see a black and white thumbnail of the mask you just created next to the thumbnail of the image. Between these two thumbnails is a chain link icon indicating that the image and the mask are linked. (If you move the image on the screen, the mask moves with it, and if you resize the image, the mask re-sizes as well.

    Click on the link icon to unlink them. Notice that if you click on the mask icon, a white frame appears around it. This means that the mask is "active." And when you click on the layer image thumbnail, the white frame moves to it, meaning that the image artwork is "active"

    Now, making sure that your (layer 4) image is active, then go to Edit > Free Transform (or press CTRL+T). Control points will appear on the sides and corners of your image. You can drag them to resize your image while your mask stays in place. You can also move the image around to better position it. If you want to make sure you resize proportionally, hold the shift key down and drag one of the corner points.

    Once you have it the size and position that you want, press the check mark in the tool bar at the top of your screen, or press the Enter key.

    I could have shown you how to resize your image and cut off the overlapping area, but it is always better to use methods that let you come back and make adjustments.

    This way, you can continue to move the image around to make a better crop or reposition an element is you choose.

    Also, if you decide to use a different image that the one in layer 4, simply paste it onto a new layer, and drag your crop icon to that new layer instead of starting from scratch.

    Have fun and good luck.
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    Expert Comment

    From thd screenshot, it looks like the "Image here" layer already has a mask setup so that the inserted picture would be correctly displayed.  The only thing you need to do is open the image you wish to insert as a new image, select and copy the image and paste it into the "image here" layer.  

    You are having problems because you are inserting or pasting as a new layer.  The answer above would work fine, but I believe that the template is already setup to work just fine, you just need to paste into the correct layer and it will work.

    Let me know if it is more complicated than it seems.
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    Expert Comment

    by:David Brugge
    Good eye Andrew!

    Actually, pasting into a layer is very difficult, however in your above example, simply drag the mask down to your new image and then hide or delete the old "paste image here" layer.

    The suggestion for keeping the mask and image unlinked as you adjust and place the image within the mask, still holds.
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    Assisted Solution

    Another way to paste into a layer would be to (temporarily) move the layer mask (the right-most thumbnail with the link icon to its left on that layer) to a different layer. Just click and drag it up or down one layer.

    Then, right-click the layer that used to have the mask (the "image here" layer) and select "Convert to Smart Object.

    Move the layer mask back to the original layer, and now you're all set up for easy layer replacement (the original template author usually would have done the above 3 clicks first)

    With that setup in place, you just right-click the "Smart Object" layer and choose "Replace Image." Select a replacement and voila!

    The advantage to the convert-to-smart-object method is that you can now perform additional modifications such as scale, perspective, and warp on the smart object layer, and every time you "replace" the smart object, all of your transformations will be automatically applied to the replacement image. Great for templates!

    Author Comment

    Finally had some time to come around to this again, I don't seem to be able to do this, I am very new to photoshop.. I know I should grab a online class sometime if I can find the time...

    Anyone able to give me a hand? Attached is my PSD and image I am trying to insert (it will need to be stretched out a big, but shouldn't be a big issue for print as this is going on a letter size page).

    Your help is much appreciated!

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for helpnig me out, now I know how to change the images.

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