Photo Effect Photoshop

How to Create a Photo in a Photo Effect

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a photo in a photo effect to give more emphasis on the main subject of the picture. Here is the effect we will be creating:

 photo in photo effect

You’ll need:

Step 1

Open the picture in Photoshop and press Ctrl+J to duplicate it.

 photo in photo effect original

Step 2

Select the Rectangle Tool and set the Tool Mode option to Shape.

 photo in photo effect tool mode

In the Fill option, choose the Solid Color option and select the color black.

photo in photo effect fill

For Stroke, again choose the Solid Color option and select the color white.

 photo in photo effect stroke

For now, we will keep the Stroke size at 20pt.

 photo in photo effect stroke size

With these options selected, make the shape on the main subjects of the picture.

 photo in photo effect rectangle tool

 photo in photo effect rectangle tool result

If needed, resize the Stroke. I want it to be a bit thinner, so I changed it to somewhere around 14.

 photo in photo effect stroke resize

 photo in photo effect stroke resize result

Step 3

Move the shape layer between the Layer 1 and background layer.

 photo in photo effect layer move

 photo in photo effect original

Now, select the Layer 1, click on the small menu icon in the upper-right corner of the Layers palette and select “Create Clipping Mask”.

 photo in photo effect menu icon

 photo in photo effect clipping mask

Step 4

Let’s add a drop shadow to the smaller photo now. Select the shape layer, click on the Layer Styles icon at the bottom of the Layers palette (the “fx” icon), select Drop Shadow and make the following changes.

 photo in photo effect drop shadow

 photo in photo effect drop shadow result

Step 5

Make sure that you have selected the shape layer in the Layers palette, then go to the Edit menu and select Free Transform. Now, rotate and resize the shape to your liking.

 photo in photo effect transform

Step 6

Let’s make the rest of the image black and white to complete the effect. Select the background layer, choose the New Adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette and select Black & White.

 photo in photo effect new adjustment layer icon

 photo in photo effect black and white

In the Properties panel, keep the settings of the Black & White Adjustment Layer at Auto.

 photo in photo effect black and white auto

And we’re done!

 photo in photo effect

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Tabish Shaikh

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