Suppose I have an image of a model wearing some outfit:

doll with clothes

and another image of the same model in the exact same position and lightning without that outfit:

enter image description here

Is there an easy and quick way (e.g., requires minimal manual manipulation) to create a new layer on Photoshop that contains only the outfit, without the body?

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    Select all parts of the outfit (from image with it) using the selection tool then make a layer via copy)
    – Welz
    Jun 1, 2018 at 19:35
  • @WELZ - you know, you should really add that as an answer, obvious as it is. I'd still upvote it!
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 1, 2018 at 19:39
  • @WELZ Hi! I meant some method with minimal manipulation, without having to select the portions manually. I've edited the question to clarify.
    – Ondibobo
    Jun 1, 2018 at 19:39
  • Are you saying you want the lightning to be applied to the outfit? (i.e. the outfit on its own without the highlights and shadows)? Otherwise I agree with @WELZ this is likely the most simple method.
    – curious
    Jun 1, 2018 at 19:40
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    I don't think that Ps can recognize what is the outfit and whats isn't, especially when it is visually very similar.
    – Welz
    Jun 1, 2018 at 19:42

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There's no way to do it automatically (especially so with your image where the contrast and colors are very similar) it's very hard for Ps to recognixe which parts are separate (as mentioned in comments above)

Below is probably the easiest method as of writing (June '18) with least amount of manual work.

Select all parts of the outfit using the Quick Selection Tool (W) + some manual selection with the Lasso (L) - from the first image - with the outfit on.

Rough selection done in a min, spend a bit more time for better accuracy:

rough selection

Once all is selected, you can Right Click → Layer Via Copy

enter image description here

Then you can color/apply effects/ turn on or off the new layer to see the character with the outfit and without.

enter image description here

  • Thanks. Since it doesn't seem possible to do what I wanted, I will accept this answer if you can edit it to include a disclaimer at the beginning (for the sake of future people reading this) that it's impossible and what you propose is the best method available.
    – Ondibobo
    Jun 6, 2018 at 17:45
  • @Ondibobo I've added that. Sorry it wasn't what you were hoping for
    – Welz
    Jun 6, 2018 at 17:58

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