Photoshop lets you have some fun modifying photos in ways that are crazy but still look realistic. You can make a friend's head much larger than it really is, and disguise the join to the neck so that the image looks seamless. Extracting the head from the photo is relatively easy with tools such as "Extract" or "Refine Edge" but fitting it back onto the neck needs some special care.
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Things you need
Open the portrait image in Photoshop. Use the "Magic Wand" tool to select the area outside the head, taking special care around the hair. Press "Alt" to remove areas from the selection if you have made a mistake. Keep as much of the neck outside the selection area as you can. When you are happy with the selection, click "Select > Inverse" then "CTRL-C" to copy the head and "CTRL-V" to paste it into a new layer.
Highlight the new layer in the "Layers" panel and click "Edit > Transform > Scale." Holding the shift key to maintain aspect ratios, increase the size of the head by clicking and dragging a corner of the image. Click on the "Move" tool and slide the enlarged head into position over the centre of the neck.
The join to the neck will be very visible as the new head is considerably bigger than the old one. Click "Filter > Liquify" and in the new window select the "Pucker" tool in the left-hand tool bar. With the circular cursor just over the edge of the neck, click and run the cursor up and down to push the neck inward. There is some trial and error here, but push the neck in until it fits the old neck shape in the original image. Click "OK" to complete the transformation.
Select "Layer > Flatten Image" to combine the layers. Select the "Clone Stamp" tool with a small soft brush and carefully clone new areas of neck over any remaining signs of a join. The soft brush will blend the edges and remove any harsh transition area. The enlarged head will now look realistically joined onto the old body!
Tips and warnings
- Extracting the head from a plain coloured background is easier.
- Move the head up so that the neck still has the same length to keep the proportion correct.
- Remember to use "Save As" to keep your original image unchanged.
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