You can use Photoshop to make photographs look better, or even to make them absurd. Making a neck longer can achieve either of these results. If you are adjusting the neck on a portrait to fix a poor camera angle, use the "Liquify Filter" sparingly, or you may end up with an unintentional giraffe-look. Of course, if you are making a neck longer for a humorous result, there is probably no such thing as "too long," but keeping the background intact will be more difficult.
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Open the picture you want to transform in Photoshop.
Click the "Zoom" field and type in a magnification level that will make the face and neck large enough on the screen to work with.
Click the "Lasso Tool" in the Toolbox. Drag the mouse carefully around the person's head, while holding down the mouse button. Finish the lasso at the same point you started.
Click the "Edit" menu, then click "Cut." Click the "Edit" menu again and select "Paste." This will paste the head in a new layer so it will not be affected when you stretch the neck.
Click the "Background" layer in the Layers panel. Click the "Filter" menu and select "Liquify."
Change the "Brush Size" so that it is the same diameter as the width of the neck. Set the "Brush Density" at "50." Set the "Brush Pressure" at "100." Set the "Brush Rate" at "80" and the "Turbulent Jitter" at "50."
Center the brush on the neck and move it up in one short stroke in the same direction as the neck. This may take several attempts. Press "Ctrl" + "Z" to undo a stroke if the neck becomes blurry, or if the background is too distorted.
Repeat Step 7 two or three times to make the neck even longer.
Adjust any distortion of the background by dragging the Liquify brush downward over the background.
Drag the brush in short strokes from the edges of where the head was cut toward the centre. This is to compensate for the fact that the head will be pasted in a higher position than it was. Otherwise, you will have gaps in the background.
Click "OK" when you are satisfied with the length of the neck and the quality of the background.
Click "Layer 1" in the Layer Panel, then select the "Move Tool" in the Toolbox. Drag the head into position above the neck. You may have to go back to Step 10 to adjust the background around the head.
Resize the head to make up for any distortion in the background if desired. You can usually resize the head 3 or 4 per cent without any noticeable difference. To do this, select "Layer 1" in the Layers panel, then click the "Edit" menu. Click on "Transform," then "Scale." Type "103" in the "Width" and "Height" fields of the Options bar.
Click the "Layer" menu and select "Merge Visible" to merge the layers.
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