Taking elements from multiple photos and using them to create a new image allows you to create beautiful, evocative, or just plain startling juxtapositions. And it’s a technique that visual artist Temi Coker uses to great effect in his work. In this easy-to-follow tutorial, learn how Coker isolated elements from two images to create a brand-new composition in Adobe Photoshop.

Former Adobe Creative Resident Temi Coker is a Nigerian-American visual artist who finds joy in merging photography and graphic design; his goals in life are to create and to educate others on how they can merge those media. 

What you'll need

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Prep your subject

Start by separating the model from the background. Coker used the Quick Selection tool, and then chose Select And Mask. Once in the Select And Mask workspace, he set the View Mode to Overlay and used the Refine Edge Brush to enhance the details of the model’s hair. He then output his selection to a Layer Mask.

Close up of man's face and hair showing Select and Mask, the background is now showing as red

Add more elements

Next, Coker dragged the flower image onto the model, rotated the image, and moved it into position. He chose the Quick Selection tool and used Select Subject to separate the flowers from the background. He then chose Select And Mask to clean up the selection.

An image of a flower has been added over the man's face

Get clear details

In the Select And Mask workspace, Coker brushed over the flowers with the Refine Edge Brush tool to remove the remaining bits of background. To get a better view of the composition while working, set the View Mode to On.

Properties, View Mode is displayed and the flower is now to the side of the man's face

Arrange the design

Coker duplicated, rotated, flipped, resized, and moved the flowers layer two more times to create an arrangement around the model. He then added a Curves adjustment layer and modified the tones of the model.

The man's face is now surrounded by two sets of flowers, and Layers > Curves is displayed

Add more warmth

Coker added a new layer above the model layer. He then set the Brush tool to a color he selected from the flowers, and brushed the sides of the model’s face along the edge of the flowers. He blended this effect by option-clicking (or alt-clicking) between the new layer and the model layer to create a clipping mask, and set the Blend Mode to Color Dodge.

The left side of the man’s face has been brushed with a color from the flowers and a clipping mask has been applied Clipping Mask blend mode is set to Color Dodge, opacity 44%. The man’s face now appears to reflect the color from the flowers

Keep your creativity blooming

Experiment with the variety of tools in the Select And Mask workspace. You can make complex selections in a snap. 

The finished image of the man with flowers has been printed and framed, and is displayed on a table

Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.

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