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To create a charming family portrait greeting card, you don’t need to go to a professional studio or invest in expensive backdrops. In this tutorial, we will take advantage of PhotoDirector’s Background Removal, Photo Composer and Watermark Creator features in the Edit module.   Get Free PhotoDirector 6 NOW! 

How to make two pictures to one photo? Like this photo.

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First select a family photo or take a group shot anywhere at your home. You can take several shots, and then later use the Face Swap feature in PhotoDirector to achieve the perfect group photo. Next, select a holiday background image, which can be easily downloaded from stock photography sites. Most sites will have a selection of royalty-free images, as well as options to purchase stock photos for as low as $5 per each. The pictures below will be used in this tutorial.

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<Step One>  Import the images into PhotoDirector. We will start by removing the background in the family photo. Go to the Edit module in PhotoDirector and select Background Removal.

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Use the paintbrush tool to select the areas you want to keep. In this case, we will select the four members of the family including the back of the white sofa. You can start by using a bigger brush and then reducing the brush size as you select smaller areas. Don’t worry if your selection is not precise, you can always fine tune it later.

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Next select Remove background. You will notice that some unwanted areas are not selected, and you can use the fine tune brush to exclude those areas using the “minus” brush or add in areas using the “plus” brush. You can also adjust the brush size, but it is better to work with smaller brush sizes for fine tuning. You can also make it easier to fine tune by enlarging (zooming) the photo. When you are satisfied with the selection, click “Apply”

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Now save the new family photo with the removed background and we are done with step one.

<Step Two>  Compose two images. Select the background image, go to the Edit Module and select Photo Composer.

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Select the Add Photo button to overlay the new family photo and adjust its size to fit within the background image. Now you have a holiday photo shot that looks as if it was taken at a professional photography studio.

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<Step Three> Add Holiday Greetings. Go to the Edit Module and select Watermark Creator.

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Go to the Text Tab and click on the Add Text button. Type in the message for your greeting and adjust font type, size and color. You can move the text to the exact location you want on the image. In addition, you can add as many lines of text as you want.

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Once you have the final image, there are several ways to share directly to social networks, export to file or make prints to send to family and friends.

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Now give it a try with your own photos. Send your greetings by creating wonderful family portraits.  (Tutorial from Cyberlink Learning Center. Learn More  or Watch Webinar)

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