If you wonder what you would look like with parts from the opposite sex, or if you want to pull a prank on your best friend, Adobe Photoshop can make your dreams come true. This premier photo-editing software uses layers and tools to manipulate and combine images. Do you want to put your boss's head on the body of a swimsuit model? Well, with some basic knowledge of Photoshop, and with time and patience, you can do almost anything.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Find two pictures, one male and one female. The bodies should be relatively the same size. In this scenario, you will be attaching a man's face to a woman's body, but you can customise the steps to fit your preference.
Open a new document by going to "File" in the menu bar, then select "New." Adjust the preferred size of your new document in the dialogue box that appears. When finished, click "OK."
Create three layers in your new document. To do so, click on the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers window. The first layer will be the background, the second will be the male, and the third will be the female. To place an image onto a layer, select the intended layer, then go to "File" in the menu bar and select "Place." In the dialogue box that appears, find the image on your drive.
Hide the female layer by clicking the eyeball icon next to the layer. For now, only the background and male layer should be visible.
Add a mask to the male layer by clicking the mask icon in the layers window. Paint the perimeter of the male's chest in black with the brush tool. The brush tool is located in the tool window on the left-hand side of your screen. The colour can be adjusted in the dual-swatch area at the bottom of the tool window.
Use the lasso tool, found in the tool window, to select the interior of the male chest. Click "Option" + "Delete (Mac)" or "Alt" + "Delete (Windows)" to delete the selected mask area.
Click the eyeball icon near the female layer to reveal the layer. The female should be perfectly aligned with the male. Use the move tool, located in the tool window, to adjust the image. You can also go to "Image" in the menu bar, then "Image Size," to adjust the size of the layer's image.
Match the skin colour of the female to the male by playing with hues and saturations. Go to "Image" in the menu bar, then "Adjustments," and select "Hue and Saturation."
Move the female layer above the male layer. Her upper body will immediately replace the male's upper body. Again, use the move tool to make any needed adjustments.
Use the lasso tool to select the areas of the female that you do not want to be seen, such as her face and legs.
Use the eraser and smudge tools, found in the tool window, to make any fine adjustments. The eraser will clean up the image, and the smudge tool can pull colour and clothing around for matching purposes.
Click on the male layer mask, and use a soft edge brush with white to dodge the skin colour around the neck area. This will make the head fit the new body more appropriately.
Add more shading by creating a new layer below the female layer. Use a soft edge brush blended with black to outline the body.
Flatten the layers when finished. Go to "Layer" in the menu bar and select "Flatten Image."
Remember to save the file. Go to "File" in the menu bar and select "Save."
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