how does people magazine or other mags get their logo behind the head of a celeb in a picture?
i get that if the celeb is, say, standing in front of a white background, they just call up the logo in photoshop and put in in a layer behind the picture of the celeb, but if its a real photo with a real background then i dont get how this is done.
6. "that's how we do it." In response to Reply # 3
>have 3 layers.. top layer would be the girl cut out with no >backgroud, second layer would be the girl, and the third layer >would be the whole picture of the girl with the locker >background
you take the original photo and make a new file with a clipping path around the part you want to show up in front of the logo. (i.e. in your example you don't need to draw a clipping path around the entire girl, just around her head.)
Then in Quark or indesign or whatever you first place the original photo, then the logo, then the clipping path file on top. the clipping path file only needs to be her head plus a little extra around the sides. then align that file perfectly on top of the original photo when you bring them into your layout (or Photoshop) file.
13. "It depends on the silhouetting of the photo" In response to Reply # 8
Putting the layers together doesn't take much time at all. But what can take a while is silo'ing the part of the photo that's meant to go in front of the logo. It's all about how complex the edge of the silo is. If it's someone's wavy, frizzy hair, that shit is impossible. If it's a clean, close crop hair cut with a clean line around it, it's easy. As someone mentioned below, the more contrast between the background and the foreground, the easier your job is.
And yeah, I work in the industry. I work for a small publishing company in NYC that puts out specialty magazines you've never heard of.
7. "there gotta be a contrast b/t subject & bkgrd" In response to Reply # 0
but you can google to find a tutorials on selecting a subject. better yet, search for a tutorial on selecting hair. once you've sucessfully selected the subject and placed him/or her on their own layer, just place the logo on a layer underneath it.
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9. "How it's done (in a nutshell)" In response to Reply # 0
You start off with the picture in two identical layers. On the top layer you can trace around the foreground image so the background is selected. After you have the background selected, you just erase everything in that layer. If you do it right, the erasing will leave what you want. You make a new transparent layer with your logo and put that layer in between the image layers.
I'm sure there are some shortcuts but I don't know them.
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