The universal chance of having a set of identical twins is 1 in 285 births. Since the odds were against you and you do not have a twin, you can easily create one by using computer software. Photoshop is a photo editing program that allows you to alter photos with special effects and other tools. Using photo layers in Photoshop allows you to create the twin that you never had.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Take two photos of yourself. Sit your camera on a tripod so it is in a fixed position and angled at one setting only. You should be in a different location for each photo. For example, if you take your first picture sitting at a desk, you can stand behind the chair in the next photo.
Upload your pictures to Photoshop. Each photo in Photoshop is considered a layer. These layers are like transparencies and can be altered to make one image from several. Open your two images by clicking "File" from the horizontal navigation bar and selecting "Open." Choose your images.
Locate the Layers tool on the right-hand side of the window. The first image will be the main image. If you would like to change the images, simply drag the photo that should be in front to the first position.
Highlight the top layer and click on the Layer Mask icon. It is located at the bottom of the Layers Panel. It looks like a circle inside of a square. The Layer Mask will be a visible white box located on the right-hand side of the layer you highlighted.
Select the Paintbrush tool from the tool bar located on the left-hand side of the window. Select black as your main colour. If it is not automatically selected as your foreground colour, press "X" on your keyboard to switch it. Choose your brush size. With the Layer Mask selected in the Layers Panel, paint the areas you would like erased from your photo. Your two photos are joined together, creating one background behind the "twins."
Tips and warnings
- If you painted too much of the photo, reverse the foreground colour to white and colour over the same area.
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