PS Tips VI: Photo Correction

Posted on March 14th, 2010 by Jean

Take the best qualities of individual photos and merge them into one.
 

 

 
I’m using PhotoShop CS2.
 
Step 1: Open the photos. File, Open, and select the jpg images you wish to work with.
 
Step 2: Select Lasso Tool. In this instance, I lassoed the open eyes.
 

 
Step 3: Select your Pointer Tool. Drag the open eyes to your main (keeper) photo.
 

 
Note: I adjusted curves to lighten the eyes and more closely match the keeper photo. To adjust curves: Image, Adjustments, Curves. Slide the line on the grid UP to lighten or DOWN to darken (with jpg images. The reverse is actually true for cmyk images.)

 
Step 4: Soften Edges. Using your Magic Wand, click anywhere on the image except for the new eyes. Make sure you are on the new layer.
 

 
Select, Feather. I chose 5 pixels. Press “ok”, and then your Delete Key. You can press delete several times to get a softer edge. If you go too far, use Apple + Z to reverse the last step.
 

 
Step 5: Repeat. I used these same steps to bring the horse over to the “keeper” photo.
 
Step 6: Erase hard edges. Instead of feathering, I chose to use the Eraser Tool to soften the edges of the horse layer.
 

 
Step 7: Copy/Paste. While on your main (keeper) background, copy (Apple + C) a few individual leaves and paste (Apple + V). A new layer will be created with these leaves. In the Layers Window, drag this new layer to the top (above the horse layer).
 

 
Using your Pointer Tool, drag the leaves around the photo and place them in a believable, foreground position. Feather or erase hard edges.
 

 
Step 8: Merge Layers. Layer, Flatten Image.
 
Step 9: Save As. File, Save As, enter a new name so the original file will be unchanged.
 
FINISHED PRODUCT: Christmas 2008
 

 
Thank you for reading!

PS Tips VI: Photo Correction

Posted on March 14th, 2010 by Jean

Take the best qualities of individual photos and merge them into one.
 

 

 
I’m using PhotoShop CS2.
 
Step 1: Open the photos. File, Open, and select the jpg images you wish to work with.
 
Step 2: Select Lasso Tool. In this instance, I lassoed the open eyes.
 

 
Step 3: Select your Pointer Tool. Drag the open eyes to your main (keeper) photo.
 

 
Note: I adjusted curves to lighten the eyes and more closely match the keeper photo. To adjust curves: Image, Adjustments, Curves. Slide the line on the grid UP to lighten or DOWN to darken (with jpg images. The reverse is actually true for cmyk images.)

 
Step 4: Soften Edges. Using your Magic Wand, click anywhere on the image except for the new eyes. Make sure you are on the new layer.
 

 
Select, Feather. I chose 5 pixels. Press “ok”, and then your Delete Key. You can press delete several times to get a softer edge. If you go too far, use Apple + Z to reverse the last step.
 

 
Step 5: Repeat. I used these same steps to bring the horse over to the “keeper” photo.
 
Step 6: Erase hard edges. Instead of feathering, I chose to use the Eraser Tool to soften the edges of the horse layer.
 

 
Step 7: Copy/Paste. While on your main (keeper) background, copy (Apple + C) a few individual leaves and paste (Apple + V). A new layer will be created with these leaves. In the Layers Window, drag this new layer to the top (above the horse layer).
 

 
Using your Pointer Tool, drag the leaves around the photo and place them in a believable, foreground position. Feather or erase hard edges.
 

 
Step 8: Merge Layers. Layer, Flatten Image.
 
Step 9: Save As. File, Save As, enter a new name so the original file will be unchanged.
 
FINISHED PRODUCT: Christmas 2008
 

 
Thank you for reading!

WTF: Stories Behind The Photos

Posted on February 26th, 2010 by Jean

Hubby forwarded me an email, and after laughing for a few minutes, I realized I HAD to find out the story behind these WTF photos. (WTF photos are pictures in which something seems amiss.) Let’s dig deeper, shall we?
 
First up is… skeleton-tattoo man.

 
Meet Rick Murray, Zombie. Rick is tattooing himself into a zombie. He has 24 hours and $3,863.66 USD invested into his project so far. Future goals include shading in the grey of his brain tattoo, possibly tattooing the whites of his eyes black (if no one has gone blind from this procedure in five years), removing his nose and one ear. Although you might not believe it, Rick does have his limits. He has decided not to tattoo his penis in the image of Jesus on the cross. The crown of thorns would have been a bitch. For more of Rick’s story and photos, check out BizarreMag.com’s Zombie Boy article.
 
 
Next up, a toy I’d love to own!

 
Can I shave the baby? This photo literally made me laugh out loud. The baby doll was never sold, but is a 1995 progressive art piece. This work and others can be seen at Raster Art of Warsaw, Poland.
 
 
Here is a combo. A two-fer, if you will.

 
Where do I start? This spunky, young woman refers to herself as Amber Amputee. She has a MySpace page, and has blogged about this photo. Yes, that is her, but Sewer Horse is photoshopped. As easy as it was to find Amber, Sewer Horse remains a mystery.
 
 
Ready for more juicy goodness? Check out this Romeo.

 
More please! He’s bold and he has weapons. Turns out, he’s just like you and me, albiet harrier. He posed for this photo and other (saucier) ones for his wife, who released them to the world-wide-web. Don’tcha hate it when your personal photos are exposed? This sexy man-beast is a husband, father, and MySpacer. He has graciously kept his profile public, allowing us to view his photos and artwork created by fans. You can check him out at Micromancer. I don’t know him personally, so please don’t tell him Jean sent you.
 
Say it Ain’t So, Superman!

 
Able to WHAT? Photoshopped, and no one is taking credit for it.
 
As if I haven’t provided you with enough links today, here is one more. Check out Picture Is Unrelated for more funny (some adult) photos. If there are any you’d like me to investigate, let me know.
 
• Are you in any WTF photos?
• Where SHOULD tattoo man have drawn the line?
• Would you rather shave the baby or shave Micromancer?!

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