Preview of Final Results
Step 1 – Open and set up door image
Let’s start out by opening up the image “Door”. Once opened, duplicate this layer and name it “Door Copy”. Once duplicated, we are going to add a few adjustments. We are going to start with Image > Adjustments > Levels (Ctrl/Cmd+L).
The second adjustment, is Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.
The third adjustment we are going to apply is Image > Adjustment > Photo Filter.
Step 2 – Darken and soften up the door
The door is a bit bright, so we are going to make it a little darker while adding softness to it. So to start, duplicate the “Door Copy”. Then apply Blur > Gaussian Blur > 20px. Once you’ve added the blur, set this layers opacity to 65%. So you don’t add clutter to your layers palette, merge your “Blur” and “Door Copy” layers together. You should have a composition like this.
We are going to go a little bit further and add another adjustment to darken it even more. To do this, we are going to apply Layer > Adjustment > Levels.
Step 3 – Mask out the door
So we can add in the inside images, we have to create a mask on the door. So to do this we are going to use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), and create a rectangle around the door like so. You should have marching ants around the door.
SIDE NOTE: Be sure to zoom in so you are able to get exaCtrly the door outline.
Once you’ve got the door outlined with your marching ants, we are going to mask this out. To do this, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection. This will cut out that part of the door. SIDE NOTE: You will still see the original door from the “Background” layer, which is okay. You can either choose to delete this layer, or hide it. It is not needed anymore. This is what it will look like hidden/deleted.