If you've always been curious about sporting a full swath of facial hair but haven't had the dedication, time or gumption to do so, you can "grow" your own beard using Adobe Photoshop. With Photoshop's copying tools, realistic beards are comprised of actual hair from the person in the picture, ensuring a follicular match. Go as short and sweet or as untamed as your creativity permits.
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Open Adobe Photoshop. Click "File" and "Open." Browse to the picture to add a beard onto and double-click to open it.
Zoom in by pressing the "Ctrl" and "+" keys so the person's face and at least part of the hair is visible on the Photoshop canvas.
Click the "Clone Stamp Tool," the icon of a stamper in the middle of the "Tools" column. Pull down the stamp head size menu, which is unlabeled but is the second option from the left on the toolbar at the top of the work area.
Select the fuzzy round brush head. Slide the "Size" bar to "10." Hover the cursor over the person's lower jaw. If the cursor seems too large or too small, slide the "Size" bar to fit.
Hover the cursor over a section of the person's hair, midway between the root and the tip; in other words, avoid capturing where the hair attaches to the head or where the hair touches any part of the picture background. Press the "Alt" key and click the cursor once to copy the hair.
Release the "Alt" key, move the cursor onto the lower jaw and click, depositing the copied hair onto the face. Click and drag the cursor around the jawline and cheeks to add your preferred amount of beard. Depending on the copied hair, it may look more realistic to layer copied areas slightly on top of each other. Continue until the beard is complete.
Click the "File" menu and select "Save As." Enter a new name to protect the original beardless image and click the "Save" button.
Tips and warnings
- If the person in the image is bald, copy beard hair from another image. To do so, after opening the first image, click "File" and "Open" again, then navigate to that image. Use the "Clone Stamp" tool to copy the hair on that picture, then click over to the original picture and complete the "Clone Stamp" process as illustrated here.
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