Monday, June 25, 2012
I'm sure a lot of you know how to do this already, but if not, it can be an extremely handy tool. I find the "swapping heads" technique especially handy when shooting families. It's so hard sometimes to get everyone looking at the camera and smiling.
Here's one shot I grabbed this weekend while doing from my friend's sisters family. You may recognize the kiddos from a shoot I did of them a couple months ago. This time, their mama Julie, wanted some family pics as well. I was so excited to get this shot and see that both kids were actually looking at the camera! But I knew Julie wouldn't love her smile in this.
So I grabbed this picture where I liked Julie's smile better but the kids' faces weren't as good.
So I used the selection tool to draw a square around Julie's head and copied it and pasted it onto the first photo.
I lowered the opacity of the layer so I could line it up perfectly and size it just right and then I put it back at 100%. I added a layer mask by hitting the button the yellow arrow is pointing at below and then painted on the layer mask with a black brush around the edges.
If I mess up, all I have to do is switch back to the white brush and go back over it again. When I was done, I flattened, and did my final edits, and here was my result!
And here's the before and after: