Photoshop Tutorial: Use Selections to Make a Composite on Your iPad

Compositing is a powerful technique in Adobe Photoshop that allows you to combine multiple images into a single cohesive scene. This can be used to create stunning visuals, such as photorealistic portraits, surreal landscapes, or even humorous memes. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the basics of using selections to make a composite on your iPad using Photoshop.

What you’ll need:

  • An iPad with Adobe Photoshop installed
  • Two or more images that you want to composite
  • A stylus (recommended, but not required)

Step 1: Open the images

  1. Launch Adobe Photoshop on your iPad.
  2. Tap the Create New button to create a new document.
  3. Navigate to the images you want to composite and tap Open to import them into your document.

Step 2: Make a selection with the Quick Select tool

  1. In the Toolbar, long-press the Lasso tool and tap the Quick Select tool from the fly-out menu of alternate tools.
  2. With an image layer active in the Layers panel, drag over the area of the first image that you want to select. Make sure the Add to selection icon is highlighted in the Tool Options bar. Drag over another object to add it to the selection.

Step 3: Copy and paste the selection

  1. Tap the three dots icon in the Task bar and choose Copy layer.
  2. Tap Deselect in the bar at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the same three dots icon again and choose Paste.

Step 4: Position and resize the pasted layer

  1. The pasted layer will be placed on top of the first image. Drag it to the desired position in the document.
  2. Pinch and zoom on the pasted layer to resize it as needed.

Step 5: Mask the edges

  1. Tap the Mask button in the Layers panel.
  2. Select the Brush tool and set the brush color to black.
  3. Paint along the edges of the pasted layer to blend it seamlessly with the background.

Step 6: Add more images

  1. Repeat steps 2–5 to add additional images to your composite.

Step 7: Fine-tune the colors

  1. Use the Levels and Curves adjustment layers to adjust the overall brightness and contrast of your composite.
  2. Use the Color Balance adjustment layer to adjust the hue, saturation, and lightness of specific colors in your composite.

Step 8: Add finishing touches

  1. Use the Dodge and Burn tools to add highlights and shadows to your composite.
  2. Use the Spot Healing Brush tool to remove any unwanted blemishes or imperfections.

Step 9: Save your composite

  1. Tap the Share button in the Task bar and choose the desired format to save your composite.


By following these steps, you can easily create your own stunning composites using Photoshop on your iPad. With practice, you’ll be able to create more complex and creative compositions.