How to Create a 3D Pop-Out Photo Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to make a 3D pop-out photo effect in Photoshop.

This effect makes it seem as if an object, or person is popping out from a photo.

I’ll be using Photoshop 2022 but any version of Photoshop will work.

This project uses the images below:

Skater:

https://unsplash.com/photos/r1SwcagHVG0

Phone:

https://www.pngkit.com/view/u2w7u2o0r5o0w7u2_interact-to-see-more-transparent-i-phone-x/

Final Image

3D Pop-Out Photo Effect

How to Create a 3D Pop-Out Photo Effect

Step 1: Create a Selection

To start with, create a new document. You can copy my settings below.

3D Pop-Out Photo Effect

Once your document is created import the phone and select the Magic Wand in the toolbar and click in the middle of the phone screen to create a selection.

Next, select your white background layer with your selection active press CTRL + J to copy it on a new layer.

Move that new layer on top of the layer stack.

3D Pop-Out Photo Effect
Magic Wand Tool
3D Pop-Out Photo Effect
Your layers so far
3D Pop-Out Photo Effect
So far, your Project should look like that

Step 2: Select the Skater

Import the skater to your document and place it adequately so that the skater sticks out a little of the phone screen. To help you do that lower the opacity of the image. Once you are happy with the position of your picture bring back the opacity to 100%

3D Pop-Out Photo Effect
Position the Skater

Then, go to Select > Subject Photoshop will analyze your image and select the subject automatically.

Press CTRL + J to duplicate your selection.

3D Pop-Out Photo Effect
Select > Subject
3D Pop-Out Photo Effect
Once the Skater is Selected Press CTRL + J

After pressing CTRL + J, you should have a copy of the skater with no background on a new layer. To deselect press CTRL+D.

3D Pop-Out Photo Effect
Copy of the Skater

Step 3: Create a Clipping Mask

Then, select the skater layer with the background and press CTRL + ALT+ G to clip it to the layer below.

Clipping Mask
Clipping Mask

Your project should look like that after creating the Clipping Mask.

Clipping Mask

Step 4: Create a Layer Mask

We’ll erase some parts of the skater by using a Layer Mask.

Go to your Layer Panel, select the top layer and add a Layer Mask by clicking on the small icon located under all your layers as shown on the image below

Layer mask
Add a Layer Mask

Next, use a hard brush to erase the back of the skater.

Press B to select the brush to paint on your Layer Mask. Make sure your foreground color is set to back.

Foreground color set to Black
Foreground color set to Black
Select a Brush
Select a Brush
Select Layer Mask
Select Layer Mask

Paint over that area to remove part of the skater’s back and give the impression that he’s popping out of the phone’s screen.

Paint over that area to remove part of the skater's back and give the impression that he's popping out of the phone's screen.

Step 5: Add a Drop Shadow

To give the image a more realistic look, let’s add a drop shadow.

First, we’ll duplicate the skater by pressing CTRL + J. Then, select the mask Right Click > Apply Layer Mask.

Next, use the Transform Tool (CTRL + T), Right click > Flip Vertical.

Apply Layer Mask
Apply Layer Mask
Ctrl + T, Right click > Flip Vertical
Ctrl + T, Right click > Flip Vertical

Once flipped vertically place the copy of the skater underneath the phone.

Squash it a little bit like in the image below.

place the copy of the skater underneath the phone
Place the copy of the skater underneath the phone

After that, we’ll turn the shadow to black by adding a Solid Color Adjustment Layer. Select a black color and clip it to the layer below by pressing CTRL + ALT +G.

Add a Solid Color Adjustment Layer
Add a Solid Color Adjustment Layer
Clip the Solid Color Adjustment Layer
Clip the Solid Color Adjustment Layer

Next, change the blending to Multiply and give the shadow a blur. Go Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Lower the opacity of the layer to around 47%.

Set Blending Mode to Multiply
Set Blending Mode to Multiply
Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Set the blur to around 22
Set the blur to around 22
Set the Opacity to around 47%
Set the Opacity to around 47%

We are almost done. Let’s add a Layer Mask to our Shadow Layer and apply a Gradient to it to fade the shadow away.

Next, press G to select the Gradient Tool. Choose a Black to Transparent Gradient and click and drag to fade away the shadow.

Add Layer Mask
Add Layer Mask
Use a Black to transparent Gradient
Use a Black to transparent Gradient

And We Are Done!

After following this tutorial, you should be able to Create a 3D Pop-Out Photo Effect in Photoshop. I hope you found this guide useful and easy to follow. If you have any questions or suggestions please let me know in the comments down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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