How to Create Fake News Headlines

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How to Create Fake News Headlines
A doctored headline can be a used as a gag gift. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Creating a fake news headline can be done using a high-quality, image-editing program such as Adobe Photoshop. MS Paint can also tackle the task, but the program lacks some of the finer tools of professional grade photo editing software. You can doctor an existing real image of a headline and insert a fake headline in its place.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Professional image-editing software
  • Photo of news headline

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  1. 1

    Download and install or open a professional grade image-editing software program. Adobe Photoshop can be downloaded for free (see Resource).

  2. 2

    Locate a high-resolution photo of a newspaper headline or front page. This can be done by using image search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo images. It can also be done by scanning a copy of the newspaper into the computer.

  3. 3

    Open the photo of the newspaper in the image-editing program.

  4. 4

    Select the "Clone Stamp" tool. This tool copies a source image to a another location. Select the background colour as the source colour. Then copy this colour over the existing headline, thereby erasing it. A few spots may need to be done a few times in order to get a smooth blend of colour.

  5. 5

    Open a text box over the newly erased area where the headline used to be.

  6. 6

    Select a font, colour and font size that are similar to the original headline font. Different newspapers will use different fonts, sizes and colours.

  7. 7

    Enter the fake headline text. Make sure the text is centred.

  8. 8

    Save the document as a JPEG or other format.

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