Registered: January 2005 Location: Alabama Posts: 4,489 users gallery
Similar to what I did for the Mount Rushmore challenge (http://www.retouchpro.com/challenges...php/photo/4745) I copied over my brother's mother-in-law's face and pasted it into a new file. I then copied the old picture's face and resized/aligned it over the new image. I then rotated the old image face until the eyes matched that of my brother's mother-in-law's ones. I then set the top layer to value (which makes the base layer act as a screen) and painted over the facial features of the base with the skin color (via color select tool) of the base; this causes the outline of the face to superimpose onto the base (pretty cool trick; since the old picture was already grayscale, I didn't have to convert it prior to this step). I then started the cleaning process. I first merged (not flattened) all layers and copied this new image onto the target photo. I aligned it until happy and started the cleaning process. Once cleaned as best as possible, I copied the previously merged layer and pasted it again over the target image adjusting the opacity until I got an accurate outline. I selected the transparent region of the merged layer and went to the base layer and did an invert select and copied and pasted it. I then moved the middle layer up and merged the top two layers. Did a lot of selective copy and paste to clean up the face and then a heck of a lot of smudging. I then merged the top two duplicated this layer and merged the middle and base layers. I used the new top layer and did some colorization and color manipulation to get good skin tone and then I flattened all layers (man I need a life). Anyway, I hope you all like the results.