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How To Fill A State Outline?

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I have an outline of Idaho. I would like to fill it with a scene of an Idaho mountain and river.

I can get it to "fill with pattern", but I would like to be able to move the mountain/river picture around within the state outline before I commit?

Possible somehow? (go easy - I'm a rank amateur...)

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Michelle

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Correct answer by Greg_S. | Adobe Community Professional

OK.  Here is one way to do it:

  1. Open the map outline and the photo you want to fill it with in the Editor.
  2. Choose the map outline and make a selection of the outside of the outline, using a selection tool, such as the quick selection tool (Press A).

Ashampoo_Snap_2019.02.03_13h43m50s_001_.png

     3.  Press Ctrl+J and you should see a new layer with the map of Idaho cut out.

Ashampoo_Snap_2019.02.03_13h48m23s_002_.png

4.  Click and drag the river photo to the inside of the map image.

5.   You can adjust the size and position of the river image using the handles at the edge of the layer.

6.  Your image panel should look something like this:

Ashampoo_Snap_2019.02.03_13h49m54s_003_.png

Let us know if you need more help.

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How To Fill A State Outline?

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I have an outline of Idaho. I would like to fill it with a scene of an Idaho mountain and river.

I can get it to "fill with pattern", but I would like to be able to move the mountain/river picture around within the state outline before I commit?

Possible somehow? (go easy - I'm a rank amateur...)

Regards,

Michelle

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Greg_S. | Adobe Community Professional

OK.  Here is one way to do it:

  1. Open the map outline and the photo you want to fill it with in the Editor.
  2. Choose the map outline and make a selection of the outside of the outline, using a selection tool, such as the quick selection tool (Press A).

Ashampoo_Snap_2019.02.03_13h43m50s_001_.png

     3.  Press Ctrl+J and you should see a new layer with the map of Idaho cut out.

Ashampoo_Snap_2019.02.03_13h48m23s_002_.png

4.  Click and drag the river photo to the inside of the map image.

5.   You can adjust the size and position of the river image using the handles at the edge of the layer.

6.  Your image panel should look something like this:

Ashampoo_Snap_2019.02.03_13h49m54s_003_.png

Let us know if you need more help.

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OK.  Here is one way to do it:

  1. Open the map outline and the photo you want to fill it with in the Editor.
  2. Choose the map outline and make a selection of the outside of the outline, using a selection tool, such as the quick selection tool (Press A).

Ashampoo_Snap_2019.02.03_13h43m50s_001_.png

     3.  Press Ctrl+J and you should see a new layer with the map of Idaho cut out.

Ashampoo_Snap_2019.02.03_13h48m23s_002_.png

4.  Click and drag the river photo to the inside of the map image.

5.   You can adjust the size and position of the river image using the handles at the edge of the layer.

6.  Your image panel should look something like this:

Ashampoo_Snap_2019.02.03_13h49m54s_003_.png

Let us know if you need more help.

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THANK YOU!
(what is the CTRL>J for?)

(Montana would have made a nicer pic, but camp destination is northern ID this year...)

Idaho Outline with FILL.jpg

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Glad you were able to follow my directions.   

Ctrl+J creates a new layer of just the selected pixels.

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Now to put a black border around it...suggestions on where to look.

But I'm off to Google...

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mitch525252  wrote

Now to put a black border around it...suggestions on where to look.

But I'm off to Google...

Make a selection of the photo pixels.  Then go to the Edit menu and choose Stroke (Outline) Selection.  You can then choose the pixel size and color of the outline.  The default is only 1 pixel which is rarely visible, so make sure you have at least 10 pixels filled in.

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Idaho Stroke Map.jpg

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Another method...

I did a Google Images search on "Idaho shape" and downloaded this.

Using the Magic Wand, click the shape to select it, and copy to the clipboard (Edit > Copy, or Ctrl-C).

Open the Idaho picture and paste the shape from the clipboard (Edit > Paste, or Ctrl-V).

This places the shape on a new layer with transparent background.

Resize the shape layer to fit inside the picture.

sshot-2.jpg

Move the shape layer beneath the picture layer and group the two. This crops the picture into the shape:

Use the Move tool to position or resize the picture as needed.

Note that here I actually resized the picture beyond the boundary of the shape layer.

sshot-3.jpg

To add the outline:

Ctrl-click the shape layer to select it, add a new blank layer at the top of the stack, and apply a stroke as previously described.

sshot-4.jpg

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It's not working for me...(picture is just a test...)

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You are almost there.

Now group the 2 layers. You can click the picture layer to activate it, and then Ctrl-G.

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