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How To Make a Crowd In Photoshop

Updated February 21, 2017

"Three's a crowd," as the saying goes, but it's not always possible to gather a crowd for a photo shoot. Thanks to graphic software technology, one isn't always the "loneliest number" -- it can serve as everything you need to make your own crowd. Whether you desire seeing yourself cloned in advance of modern medical technology or are just looking to fill some digital space, create crowds in clicks with Adobe Photoshop.

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  1. Open Adobe Photoshop. Pull down the "File" menu. Click "Open." Browse to the photo with the image to replicate into a crowd. Double-click the file and it opens on the Photoshop workdesk.

  2. Click the "Lasso" tool near the top of the "Tools" palette on the left side of the workspace. Draw an outline around the person to multiply. When dotted and blinking lines appear, right-click them and select "Layer via Copy."

  3. Review the "Layers" palette. If the "Layers" palette is not open on the bottom-right of the screen, click the "Window" menu and select "Show Layers."

  4. Right-click the copied layer, Layer 1, with just the cutout of the person. Select "Duplicate Layer." Click "OK." A new Layer 1 copy is added to the list.

  5. Click the "Move" tool, the top icon on the "Layers" palette, and drag the new part of the crowd into place, such as directly to the left of the original crowd member.

  6. Right-click Layer 1 again and repeat the "Duplicate Layer" process until the crowd is at desired numbers.

  7. Click the small lined icon at the top of the "Layers" palette. Select "Flatten Image" and all of the layers combine into one.

  8. Click the "File" menu. Click "Save As." Type a new name for the crowd image, select a place to save it on the computer and click "Save."

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About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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