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Super-imposing an image over another in PS Elements

Hello all experts.

I have an image that I want to superimpose on another image.

The image that I want to super-impose on is a graphic of a collection of devices, e.g. laptop, screen, handheld, etc.

And the image I want to super-impose is an image of a screen-shot to make it look as if the computer screen is "live".  (Not sure if I am explaining it well here.)

I have attached both the pictures and I want the screen-shot super-imposed on the largest screen in the picture, the one in the back.

I am using PhotoShop Elements but I am a total noob with it.

The problem I am having is that this super-imposed image is covering the other devices on either side.  

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

If you could tell me how to do it will be even more appreciated.

Thanx,

--d.

The 'screenshot' needs to go on the bigscreen at the back This image needs to go on the big screen of the 'computers' image
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Paul Sauvé

8/22/2022 - Mon
Paul Sauvé

You can do this by using layers.

Your bottom layer must be the 'computers' image. Break it up into 3 images, but retain the relative positions. You end up with 3 layers

Insert a new layer and copy the second image then lower it to the second layer, so that the smaller devices are above the blue image and the large screen below.

Adjust the size and the position of the top image to match that of the largest screen.Layered imageHere is a brief explaination of the CONCEPT

EDIT: PhotoShop Elements: A Quick Intro to Layers - Part 1
driven_13

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Thanx for your detailed response paulsauve.

I see where you are going with this and it does makes sense to me.

I have two follow-up questions:  How do you break up that one image into three images?  And after that, how do you fit them all together so that they are seamless...??

Best,

--d.

P.S. That last link you sent above, does not show the images on the page for some reason.
Paul Sauvé

OK - on the device image:
select the part device on the LEFT that is red im my image and paste to a new layer
select the part device on the RIGHT that is red im my image and paste to a new layer
Now you have an image with 3 layers. You will notice that when you paste the part of the image you copied into a new layer, it will stay in the SAME place where you copied it from!

Copy the 2nd image as a new layer and place it LOWER than the the 2 new layers you created previously:
Layer 4: Forground 2 image piece
Layer 3: Forground 1 image piece
Layer 2: Screen info image
Layer 1: Device image
Just remember that the topmost image covers the corresponding part of the images below it!
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driven_13

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paulsauve, I am afraid I cannot get it to work.

I have attached a picture of my canvas inside Elements.  Check out the layers-window  on the right.  What am I doing wrong....??

Also, if I click on a layer in the layers-window why does it not highlight the corresponding layer on my canvas....???

I have got them stacked the way you advised but I somehow broke it.

Please help.

Thanx,

--d.
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Paul Sauvé

OK

I'll get you an image in layers - this gif file has 4 layers in the correct order!
Layers-Final.gif
driven_13

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Hi.

Understood and thanx.

But I want to know what I am doing wrong.  I do want to learn how to do this myself.

I have placed the layers the way you described it (I think!) but it is not turning out the way you have it.  There must be something SIMPLE I need to do to fix this.

Any idea just by looking at my canvas snapshot...???

Thanx again,

--d.
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Ahhhhh...yes.  You are indeed right sir.

Could not figure out that last step.  But the COPY and PASTE worked as it should.  Thank you very much.  I wonder if there is an easier way of doing this instead of going to the EDIT drop-down and choosing COPY/PASTE every time....I should be able to drag stuff around and achieve the same result.

One last un-related question:  When I copied the blue background image from one window into the active window by using the MOVE tool and dragging it, the colors in the image disappered and it was all in gray-scale.

Any idea why this is happening when I moved it to the window with the picture of the different screens in it.....???

--d.
Paul Sauvé

I wonder if there is an easier way of doing this instead of going to the EDIT drop-down and choosing COPY/PASTE every time....I should be able to drag stuff around and achieve the same result.
Not really - COPY/PASTE allows you to break up the image into components. Otherwise, the result is what you posted above. What you can do is remove the parts of the screen content image that are hiding the parts of the image in the foreground.

You can't use the Move tool to copy from one layer to another! The Move tool only moves the image of the ACTIVE (blue) layer atound that layer! What you did was move the image out of the layer window and you end up with a transparent background (gray & white checkerboard).
driven_13

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Thanx for your time and patience.

--d.
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Paul Sauvé

Glad to be of help