Learn how to combine two images to create a Composite image in 60 seconds.

Now try it yourself

1. Open Cup.jpg in Photoshop. In the Layers panel rename the default layer name "Background" to "Coffee cup" by double-clicking it.

2. Duplicate the "Coffee cup" layer by dragging it on the Create a new layer icon.

3. Enter Select and Mask mode: Choose Select > Select and Mask.

Create a mask

4. In Properties panel that appears, choose View > On Black. In the mini tool palette at left, choose the Quick Selection Tool brush and adjust brush size and hardness from the top palette.

5. Paint inside cup and click OK

6. Based on your selection add a layer mask by clicking on the Add layer mask icon. The mask is indicated by a white hole where you painted, to the "Coffee cup copy" layer.

Composite image

7. Open Ocean.jpg. To add it to cup document, choose Select > All then Copy. Select the Cup.jpg document again and Paste.

8. Clip the ocean image (Layer 1) to the mask on the layer below, by creating a clipping mask: Alt+click between the layers or right-click Layer 1 and select Create Clipping Mask.

9. Click and drag ocean image so that ocean waves fill the cup.

10. Add adjustment layer. Click the Add new adjustment layer icon at bottom of Layers palette, then select Gradient.

11. Choose Foreground to Transparent gradient swatch.

12. Create another clipping mask for the adjustment layer: Layer > Create Clipping Mask or use the keyboard shortcut Cmd/Ctrl + Option + G.

That's it! Now it's your turn create a composite image in 60 seconds with Photoshop. Download the assets or use your own and share your image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MadewithPhotoshop to get feedback and connect with other creative minds.


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