Anders Carlson Demonstrates How To Add a Image to a Blank TV Screen

July 16th, 2012

Anders Carlson, the May PFRE Photographer of the month, sent me a tutorial that he did recently on how to use Photoshop to place an image on a blank TV screen.

Even if you’ve done this before you may still learn something from Anders’ tutorial because he has some detailed approaches for adding a realistic look to the TV screen by keeping the natural glare that’s on the screen. As you’ll see Anders goes way beyond simply pasting an image on the screen.

Thanks Anders for the detailed tutorial!

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15 Responses to “Anders Carlson Demonstrates How To Add a Image to a Blank TV Screen”

  • Excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great how to. thank you very much Anders.

    Dick Wood

  • Thanks for the very informative demo. I don’t use my Photoshop often, but this is a great reason to do so.

  • A small change that would make it easier is to use PASTE INTO instead of PASTE. That way a mask is automatically generated.

  • This was a very well done video. I learned something new! Would like to see more tutorials from Anders.

  • Some new things I hadn’t used before, thanks!!

  • I have always liked it when you include a “How to”, wish you would do more on a regular basis



  • Really interesting tutorial, Anders: so interesting to see the extra work you do to make it that much more believable. Thanks for sharing your skills.

  • Great tutorial. Thanks so much for posting this!

  • I found that really helpful. Thanks.
    I do the same with media room screens but, so far, not to that level of modification!

  • Definitely use “Paste Special > Paste Into”. Way faster, you don’t have to be perfect with the shape of the new image. But retaining some natural reflections is what really makes Anders’ result work so well. Nice stuff!

  • Excellent tutorial – thank you Anders. Clear and concise, and now I can accomplish something I hadn’t managed to cover yet. More please!

  • “Paste Into” is a good idea except that it’s then harder to distort the screen image so it has the same perspective as the tv bezel. I think Anders’ way gives you that extra realism that the straight-on image might not deliver.

  • There are so many Photoshop programs out there – from Elements to CS6. Which Photoshop do I need to accomplish this? If I can get away with purchasing an inexpensive bundle which includes Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere 10 for half the price of Elements 11 and not going to the expense of CS6, I’d like to do so. New to photo Photoshop and overwhelmed by the choices. I already know I’m buying Lightroom 4, but help sorting out what I really need to do this with Photoshop would be appreciated. Thank you!

  • @Sheryl- Yes, you can do what Anders is doing with just Photoshop Elements (version 10 or 11 or even much earlier versions of Elements). Photoshop Elements has had layers in it for many years, and that’s what you need here. You can’t do TV screen or sky replacement with Lightroom though.

    For real estate applications you can everything you need to do with Lightroom, except replacing skies, windows, TV screens or put fires in the fireplace. For these classic real estate operations you need Photoshop Elements.

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