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Design skill – add hat to photo

Sometimes you have an accessory or tool, such as a hat, that you’d like to add to a photo of a person.

Maybe you have this great photo of Meg, but you’re using her in a safety scenario to train factory workers. If she’s not wearing a hardhat, you’ll never hear the end of it from your trainees.

Don’t stress.

I’ll walk you through how you can make Meg totally safe using either PowerPoint or Photoshop.

This is a skill that you can learn in under 10 minutes. And it’s one that every eLearning developer should know how to do.

You can also download the source files to do this in either PowerPoint or Photoshop to follow along and practice.

 

Adding a hat in PowerPoint

I always do a first pass at designing everything in PowerPoint. It’s my go-to design tool.

If I can’t do it in PPT, then I attempt it in Photoshop (and I get nervous b/c I’m just not that skilled in Photoshop).

Here’s a video screencast of me adding a hat using only PPT:

To summarize:

  1. Remove the background from a hardhat using the “remove background” feature
  2. Size and scale it to match your person
  3. Add a dropshadow for realism

For you photoshop people, I had my graphic designer put together a screenshot lesson below.

Adding a hat in Photoshop

Step 1: Open the image you’d like to modify and an image with a hardhat

Tip:  When selecting your image of the hardhat, try to match the side-to-side angle and the up/down angle so that it will like right on your character.

File->Open or [CTRL+O]

Step 2: Make a selection of the hardhat from the image and copy it

Tip: The lasso tool works well as a (selection tool) to cut the Hardhat from the image. Once you’ve made your selection, copy it “Edit->Copy” OR [Ctrl+C]

Step 3: Paste the copied Hardhat onto the image you’re modifying

“Edit->Paste” or [Ctrl+V]

Tip: You’ll notice that the pasted image shows up as a new layer in your layer pane

Step 4: Size and align the hardhat to the head image using the free transform tool

With the hardhat layer selected, use the Free Transform tool “Edit->Free Transform” or [CTRL+T] to size and rotate the image

Tip: hold shift key to keep the proportions the same when sizing

Step 5: Add depth to the image by applying a dropshadow layer style

With the hardhat layer selected, click “Layer style” from beneath Layer panel and select the “dropshadow” option.

Set blendmode: Overlay, Angle: 90 degrees, Distance: 4, Size: 2. Note: This will vary by image.

Step 6: Save the image

Below is the final image in PSD form. We’ll now want to save it as a common file type.

In our case, we’re going to save it as a .PNG so that we retain the transparent background. “File->Save As” or [CTRL+S]

Bonus step: Impress your colleagues with your new image and pat yourself on the back for making your images work for you!

What other practical tutorials would you like to see?

Adding a hat to a person is an important skill to have in your bag of tricks.

What other tutorials would you like to see me attempt in both PowerPoint and Photoshop?

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  • liz mccrodden

    I would like to see the steps for taking an image of an open book then overlaying your own text on the pages of the book so that it appears as though the text you just posted are part of the pages of the book.

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