I have 2 examples here of ways to combine images with Generative Fill. This is just a taste of what you can do with your own photos. All the photos used in this tutorial are my own. And they said photography of dead? Far from it. Long Live Photography.

Lets start with a shot I got of the Moana Surfrider hotel in Waiki Beach, Hawaii (you can see my room from here). Just for fun, we will drop it in as a mountainside villa on diamond Head Crater.

Open the Photoshop files for both pictures.Open

Select the Move tool (V key) to merge.

Drag the first image into the second image’s tab.

Move your cursoe into the 2nd image and release. You will now see 2 layers in a single document. (The short video above shows this clearly).

Let’s resize the top layer

Press Ctrl+T (Win) Cmd+T (Mac). From now on I will write it Ctrl/Cmd+T etc.

This gives us Free transform and 8 adjustment handles.

Drag one of the corners towards the centre while holding down Alt or Option. Notice how it alters from the centre while the Alt/Option key is depressed.

Adapt the image’s size to your preferences. Not to scale, but you wouldn’t know the exact size if you didn’t know what Diamond Head looks like in real life.

Now we need to make a special type of selection for this to work. Let’s start by selecting the building.

Grab the Quick Selection tool. (Or whatever selection tool you prefer).

Paint over the image to select the building. Tip: if your selection goes too far, hold down alt/Option and drag to remove from selection.

Now we want to create a selection where we are selecting outside the building, but constrained to a rectangle, as shown in Green.

For the selection to be reversed, use Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+I. Use Select>Inverse instead.

The image’s boundaries are surrounded by moving ants. Now we are choosing everything but the structure.

Let’s narrow the choices.

Take hold of the Rectangle Marquee tool.

To remove the top portion from the selection, drag it over while holding down Alt or Option. You’ll notice that I left some overlap. The overlap has significance.

Apply the same technique now to the sides and bottom.

Now we have selected a box around the rectangle of the top image. But the Building isn’t selected.

You can readily see which regions are chosen if I quickly paint with red.

(Obviously) remove the red

Let’s blend them together.

Click on Generate (Currently only in the Beta version of Photoshop – How to get it here)

Leve the text filed blank and click Generate.

And you can see it merged the building into the side of the cliff. Sure, it’s not perfect, but this is where your Photoshop skills come int play, to retouch it. (See, your skills aren’t obsolete anymore than your camera is).

Just for fun, I added a water fall, you can see it on the short video at the top.

Let’s examine a another example altogether for an entirely different outcome.

Here are 2 pictures I took using my drone. One is of a beach, and the other is an aerial view of a woodland.

Just like we did with the first example, combine the 2 photos into a single document.

selecting the move tool (V).

You can see the canvas if you zoom out. (Scroll wheel, zoom tool, and Alt/Option).

Drag the top layer off the canvas and down, separating the top and bottom layers as indicated by the red box. To limit the alignment, hold down the Shift key while dragging.

Now, you might think I’m going for the crop tool to revel the 2 layers. Nope.

Choose Image>Reveal All (I know you’re here for all the tips)

As you can see, Photoshop resizes the document to show all the pixels.

Now to fix the gap.

Take hold of the rectangle Marquee tool (M).

To merge the region together, drag over it. Include a lot of overlap, please.

Click Generative fill, than Generate, like we have earlier in this tutorial.

And here is our final masterpiece. Pretty cool right?

I hope you found this useful.

If you did, it’s a taste of what’s on my new course on Generative Fill in Photoshop, Check it out here.

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