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How to place a subject inside a hot balloon. Using Layer Masks in Photoshop.

Using Layer Masks in Photoshop. See how to place a model into a digital background when you need to hide parts of the subject.

In this video tutorial, I demonstrate how easily you can create stunning effects in Photoshop using layer masks. Specifically, I guide you through the process of creating a captivating visual where a subject appears to be inside an air balloon. The beauty of this technique lies in its versatility—it can be applied whenever you need to "hide" parts of a subject or object, simply by utilizing a layer mask. To help you get started, I've also included a downloadable overlay and a Photoshop action, allowing you to enhance your projects with ease. Let's dive into the world of layer masks and unlock the true potential of your Photoshop creations!

Download the overlay and Photoshop action here: Overlay and Ps Action



Learn how to effortlessly create the illusion of your subject being inside an air balloon using Photoshop's powerful layer mask feature. This versatile technique can also be applied to hide specific portions of subjects or objects in various creative projects. Follow the step-by-step guide below and achieve remarkable results!

Step 1: Open Photoshop and import your desired image or video footage.

Step 2: Locate the Layers panel on the right-hand side of the workspace.

Step 3: Ensure your subject or object is on a separate layer from the background. If necessary, use the selection tools to isolate your subject and place it on a new layer.

Step 4: With your subject layer selected, click on the "Add Layer Mask" button at the bottom of the Layers panel. This will create a white layer mask next to your subject.

Step 5: Select the layer mask by clicking on it. The layer mask should now have a white border around it.

Step 6: Choose a brush tool from the toolbar and adjust its size, hardness, and opacity according to your requirements. A soft brush with reduced opacity works well for blending purposes.

Step 7: Set the foreground color to black. This color will act as your eraser and hide the areas you wish to mask.

Step 8: Start painting over the areas you want to conceal, revealing the background layer or any layers beneath the masked layer. Take your time and use different brush sizes for detailed and precise masking.

Step 9: To make adjustments or reveal masked areas, switch the foreground color to white and paint over those sections. This process is non-destructive, allowing you to refine the effect as needed.

Step 10: Experiment with additional techniques like adjusting the layer opacity, applying filters, or adding adjustment layers to enhance the overall effect.

Note: Remember to credit the source if you use the overlay and action in your projects. Happy editing! :)