In this detailed step-by-step tutorial we will teach you how you can mimic the amazing horse dissapearing act in Photoshop and start to become one with David Copperfield and Houdini.

In this tutorial I will show you how to take a horse completely out of the picture, and how to simulate the background that is behind it. I will be using one of my own photos called “Different Species” – you can either save it from my site or here – you have my permission to use the picture for noncommercial editing.

The first step is to get rid of the horse’s body in front of the wall. To do that I simply select the largest part of the wall that I can and then copy and paste it over the horses body like so:

Now that I have got the horse’s body covered by the wall, it is time to get rid of the bottom part of the horse’s face, which is not repeated three times. This is a simple procedure. I simply use the eye drop tool to acquire the main color of the wall. Next, I use the line tool to continue the top of the wall on top of the three horse mouths. After that, I use the paint brush to fill in the rest of the horse mouths, followed by the sponge brush at size 36, using one of the darker colors from the wall to make it look natural.


Now that we have got the wall out of the way, it’s time for us to focus on the area behind the wall. Again, I have used the eye drop tool to get the main color of the dirt hill, and the used the paint brush tool to draw the area where I imagine the hill would go. I have repeated the process for the trees as well, using a dark green.


To make the dirt look natural, I like to use the circle selection tool and copy the small amount of area that is not covered by a shadow in the picture. I then paste it all throughout the brown area that I have created.


Next I have made a smart object out of all the circles of dirt and the brown back color that I have used. I then use the smudge tool to make the circles blend in with the background color. To fill in some of the areas that look horrible, I have selected all of the original non-shadowed dirt and pasted it in the area. Using the Edit > Transform > Warp option to fit the pieces exactly where they need to go.


With the basics of the dirt done, I next turn my attention to simulating the backdrop of trees. This is actually quite easy. I simply selected the trees directly above where the horses head was previously and copied it below. When I came near the dirt, I simply copied smaller parts of the trees and moved them into place, using warp again to position them with the slope of the hills.


The obvious problem with this technique is that you can see where you have pasted the tree pattern. In order to hide this, I once again used the smudge tool to blend the area. I recommend decreasing the size of the smudge tool to 1 when doing this.


I once again utilize the warp transformation in order to match up around the hill. Once I got the trees done, I decided to add a final touch to the dirt. Once again I selected the sponge paint brush and used the eye drop to select the darkest color on the dirt pile. I then lightly spread the color around the picture. Finally I recreated the borders with a few black boxes.

Finally I’ve got the finished product:

Tutorial © Domen Lombergar