How to Add Crazy Things to Pictures with Photoshop CS2

by Shawn M. Tomlinson

You can do many creative things with Photoshop CS2, including making surreal photos by combining several images together in odd ways. For example, you could take a photo of a friend staring at a road, add a groundhog and a Chinese dragon and get quite an unusual image. Or you can take one image and add Shapes to get a strange mix, too.


Open the main image (click File > Open) and size it to 300 dots per inch resolution. Click Image > Image Size. Type "300" in the Resolution box. Then, use a Levels Layer. Click Layers > New Adjustment Layer > Levels (to adjust the tone and color as you like.)


Open the other images and tone them as you like. Make sure they have the same resolution as the main image. Save copies of all the images.


Use the main image as your base image. Click, hold and drag the second image, say the groundhog, onto the first. This will create a new Layer. Give it a little depth with Drop Shadow (click Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow) of about 50 percent opacity (type "50" in the Opacity box of the pop-up) and angle it to match the shadows in the main image. Click, hold and move the "Angle" dial.


Bring in the Chinese dragon the same way (click, hold and drag the third image onto the first). You can add "Drop Shadow" to it if you would like. Use the Move tool (the arrow at the top of the side Toolbar) to move it into the sky.


Use the Layers palette (click Window > Layers) to navigate between the Layers. You still can add more special effects to each Layer. If, for example, you wanted to add a glow to the dragon, select that "Layer" in the palette, then use Outer Glow. Click Layer > Layer Styles > Outer Glow.


Select the Custom Shapes tool (click and hold the Shapes tool in the side Toolbar for a pop-up to select "Custom Shapes") and then go to the top Toolbar and click "Shape" for a pop-up of a variety of different shapes. Select the outline of a rabbit, for example. Use a Style (click in the box next to Style in the top Toolbar) to make it unusual.

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About the Author

Shawn M. Tomlinson has been a newspaper and magazine writer for more than 28 years. He has written for a variety of publications, from "MacWEEK" and "Macintosh-Aided Design" to "Boys' Life," "Antique Week" and numerous websites. He attended several colleges, majoring in English, writing and theater, and has taught college classes about writing.

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