Here are steps you can follow to create an image that features a headshot against a background that illustrates something about the person in the foreground. The main tool used is Adobe Photoshop on an iMac computer, but the techniques should be similar for similar applications on any computer platform.
Click on the image to select it, then press the [Command+I] keys to open the info window.
Look at “Open With” and make sure Photoshop is selected.
Click on the [Change All] button,
Double-click on your image and it should open in PhotoShop. (It may take awhile.)
Click on the “Window” menu and make sure “Essentials (Default) is selected, then click on “Reset Essentials.” This will make sure your Photoshop layout matches the one used in this tutorial.
In the “New Document” window choose the “Film & Video” tab, select the “USDTV/4K2160p” format, the click the [Create] button. This size will give you the option of zooming into your image while creating your video project, while keeping sufficient image resolution.
Open the “File” menu and click on the “Save As” option. In the “Save As” field type headshot for the name. Make sure use keep the .psd extension. Make sure the Format is Photoshop, then click the [Save] button. When the “Maximize Compatibility” dialog appears, click on the [OK] button.
Your new image will have a grid of guidelines that indicate safe areas. The outermost lines are the outside border of the safe action area. The innermost lines are the outside border of the safe title area.
Click on the “File” menu “Save As” option.
In the “Save As” field type headshot-NAME substituting your name for NAME. Be sure to keep the .psd extension.
When the “Photoshop Format Options” box appears, click the [OK] button.
Look for the tab of your original image and click on it.
Use the “Select” menu “All” option or press the [Command+A] keys to select all of your image.
A dashed-line border (often called marching ants) should completing outline your image.
Use the “Edit” menu “Copy” option or press the [Command+C] keys to copy the selection.
Your image will now have a border with small sqaures, called handles. Click on a corner handle and start dragging it to change the size of your image. To keep the image the original shape, hold the [shift] key as you drag. When the image is the size you want, click in the image to move it. When you are done, press the [return/enter] key. Your image should now be on the lower right-hand corner. The overall headshot image should now have space to the left and above for a background image to appear.
If the image you pasted needs correction, do it now. One way is to use the “Image” menu Adjustments/Levels option, or click on the [Command+L] keys.
Make sure there is a checkmark next to the “Preview” option. Under “Input Levels” the small, dark grey pyramid on the left will let you make the dark areas of your image darker. The light grey pyramid on the right will let you make the light areas of your image lighter. The grey pyramid in the middle will let you darken or lighten mid-tones. Click the “Preview” option on and off to compare your changes to the original image. If you like your changes, click the [OK] button. If not, click the [Cancel] button.
Use the “Layer” menu New/Layer Via Copy option, or click the [Command+J] keys to make a copy of your image layer. Having a duplicate provides insurance in case you make changes that you are unable to recover.
Look at the “Layers” menu at the lower-right of your workspace. You should now have three layers: The top layer is the copy you just made. The middle layer is the original image you pasted. The bottom is the white background that was generated when you created your headshot.psd file. If a layer is on top of another, parts that are opaque will cover all layers below it. You may select a layer by clicking on its name.
Make sure you have the top layer selected, then use the “Select” menu to choose the “Color Range” option.
Set Fuzziness to 50, then select the Eyedropper. Click on the green background of your image. This will select that color and all similar colors in your image. In the “Color Range” window, the white parts of the image silhouette show the select area.
Your image will now have “marching ants” indicating the selected area.
Return to the “Select” menu and choose the “Select and Mask” option.
Look at the “Layers” panel. Your top layer should include a layer mask. The eyeball will be on, meaning the layer is visible. The other image layers will have their visibility turned off. The white background will still be visible.
Paste the image onto your headshot.psd image. If your pasted image covers your face, use the layer menu to move the layer down.
Use the transform tool to resize and position your background image.
When you are satisfied with the result, save your image.