How to Fake Pictures With Photoshop

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How to Fake Pictures With Photoshop
The basics of Photoshop are easy; yet mastering the tools takes skill. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The degree of difficulty involved in faking pictures with Adobe Photoshop depends on a number of factors; the quality of the source images, the objective of the fake and the skills of the Photoshopper. The higher resolution ("res") and more accurate the source images, the easier the fake will be. For example, superimposing a side profile photo of a person onto a photo taken when the second subject is facing forward will be difficult to do. The objective can also make things difficult. Adding a couple extra stars in night sky is easy. Creating a whole other universe, much harder.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Digitised source images

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Instructions

    Prepare the Subject's Photo

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    Set an objective. Make sure the objective for the project is clear. This is important because having a final image in mind will help the artist work.

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    Take or scan high quality source images. As a rule of thumb try to shoot the images as close as possible to the way they will finally look. Take high res photos, since those are easier to edit without a dramatic reduction in quality. If one photo will be superimposed on another, make sure to get poses, lighting, costumes and other elements as close the other photo as possible. Use a white background with a backlight to make cropping easier.

  3. 3

    Import all images into Photoshop. Crop the image that will be transplanted from its background; there are several ways to do this in Photoshop.

    Crop Using the Magic Eraser Tool

  1. 1

    Click the "Magic Eraser Tool" found in the toolbar. It is used to eliminate a uniform colour of background (such as white).

  2. 2

    Drag the eraser around the edges of the subject, keeping the crosshairs of the eraser tool in the background colour. Only the background will be erased.

  3. 3

    Adjust the size of the Eraser under the "Size" heading of the menu bar to fit with the section being erased. Complex spaces, such as in between strands of hair, will require a small eraser.

    Crop Using the Extract Tool

  1. 1

    Click the "Extract' tool located under the filter menu.

  2. 2

    Highlight the edges of the image you want to retain using the "Marker" tool.

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    Select the "Fill" tool and click the area inside the highlighted edges. Click "OK." and that part of the image will be extracted.

    Superimpose the Images

  1. 1

    Drag the extracted/cropped part of the image to the second source image, the one it will be super imposed on.

  2. 2

    Place the image in the location of the photo where it is needed.

  3. 3

    Adjust its size by clicking and holding the corner of the image and dragging it smaller or larger.

    Clean Up the Photo and Save It

  1. 1

    Use the tools in the "Image," "Adjustment" panel to colour correct the image and lighting.

  2. 2

    Use the eraser tool to erase any missed edges around the cropped subject. The user may have to zoom in on the edges to erase the imperfections missed by the initial crop.

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    Save the image first as a PSD file, by clicking "File," "Save." This will retain all the layers and allow the user to come back and edit the image if needed. Flatten the image and do a "File," "Save As" to save the image as a JPEG or other common publishable file type.

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