Romantic Image Effect Inside A Glass

How would you like one of your most memorable photos placed inside a drinking glass that looks like a real souvenir ready to be given to your friends, or for keeps? That’s pretty cool, right?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily put any image into any object or place you want. As an example, I’m showing you here how to put a newly-wed couple’s photo inside a drinking glass. The steps below will guide you all the way how to do it, from start to finish.

Stocks needed:

Step 1 – Open a new document (File>New…)
First off, we’ll open a new document where we will be creating a backgrount for the stocks that we’ll be using here. Calculate the size of your canvas. This will depend how you imagined the end result looks like. When done, duplicate it.

By now, you should have your Background and Background copy layer as shown in the layer dialog box below:

Step 2 – Make a gradient background
With the Background copy as the active layer, select the Radial Gradient (click first the Gradient tool in the tool box then select the Radial icon located at the top left part, e.g. the 2nd icon from the left).

>foreground color: 131444
>background color: white

Step 3 – Add Noise
Still with the above active layer, add noise into it (Filter>Noise) with the following settings below:

Step 4 – Apply Gaussian Blur
To complete creating our background, we’ll have to apply a little bit of Gaussian blur to get a nice, soft effect. To do this, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur… and follow the settings below:

For now, we’re initially done with the background. We’ll make some more adjustments later depending how the elements (stock images) blend well.

Now, we’ll get into the interesting part… One by one, we will be putting our stock images into place in the canvass.

Step 5 – Place the drinking glass onto the canvass
Open the drinking glass photo first because it is where the newly-wed couple image will be placed into. After that, make a selection out of it by grabbing the Quick Selection Tool, Copy, then Paste it to the Background copy layer.

Step 6 – Resize and reposition the pasted drinking glass
Resize and reposition the image into the center of the canvass, a little bit to the left to give room for the bottle later (Edit>Free Transform).

Step 7 – Place the newly-wed couple photo onto the drinking glass
Open the couple’s photo, select, copy, and paste it onto the glass (with the photo opened, go to Select>All… then Edit>Copy; click Background copy layer to activate it, then Edit>Paste). Apply Free Transform tool to resize and position the image exactly onto the drinking glass, as shown below:

Step 8 – Fitting the image right
Erase the portruding parts of the couple’s image by using the Eraser Tool, brush mode, soft brush. By the way, before erasing, lessen the opacity of the image (not the brush) about 50% or less so that the glass is visible and can serve as guide in erasing the unwanted edges of the image. When satisfied, bring back the opacity to 100% by dragging the slider to the right in full.

This is how it looks now:

Done with the main element, accessories next…

Step 9 – Place the bottle to the canvass
Open the bottle photo, make a selection, copy and paste it onto the Background copy layer, beside the glass on the right (see image below).

After that, apply a shadow of it: click “fx” icon located at the bottom of the layer dialog box, then select Drop Shadow with the following settings:

Step 10 – Apply drop shadow to the glass
Like what we did to the above (bottle), we will apply also a drop shadow to the glass with the same settings.

Step 11 – Add the floral vector
Load the floral vector photo onto the canvass, at the lower left corner; apply the Free Transform tool and rotate clockwise 90 degrees, lying exactly levelled at the bottom. Stretch to the right until it reaches almost half of the bottle below it, and stretch upward up to the base of the glass. Refer image below…

Step 12 – Erase unwanted parts of the floral vector
Take the Eraser Tool, set Mode: Brush, soft brush. Use medium size on the edges and smaller sizes between curves. Set Opacity to about 75%. Just a little work here because the color blends well with the background. We could have used the layer mask otherwise.

When done, apply a Gaussian Blur, 1-1.5 pixel radius, and we should now have like this:

Step 13 – Apply Gaussian Blur to the Glass and Bottle Layers
Apply Gaussian Blur each of the said layers, with the same settings as the floral vector.

Step 14 – Applying a livelier look of the Background layer
The general look seems to be a bit dull, so we have to adjust the lights more by applying layer styles – either by Multiply or Linear Burn mode. If you prefer a bit stronger effect, you can choose the latter. I used the Multiply mode here, Opacity to 100%. Before going into this, don’t forget to Merge all visible layers first.

Step 15 – Coloring the Circles (optional)
Although this is optional, you might like those circles to be multi-colored abd have aa cool look on that bottle. To do it, grab the Elliptical Marquee tool and draw circles (smaller or the same size) on the circles seen on the bottle. One by one, fill them with colors of your choice (after choosing the color, go to Edit>Fill…).

Step 16 – Finalization
For the final touches, we have to adjust the image colors a bit to highlight areas that needs more lighting and darkening. We will do this by going to Image>Adjustments>Curves…

Flatten image (Layer>Flatten Image…), and there you are!

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