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Old 08-19-2006, 11:41 PM
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Combining Photos

Hi everybody,
I have something simple to learn and know there must be 10,000 tutorials on it; the problem is, I don't know what the technique is called so I don't know what term to Google!

I have some photos that were taken in August 2005. It was humid outside and my hair was frizzy. I'd like to take a picture of myself now in the same clothes I was wearing then, extract the frizzy-haired me out of the August 2005 picture, and put the new, smooth-haired 2006 me in its place.

Using the Lasso tool, I can remove myself from the 2005 picture, then once I have the new photo in a new layer, I can use the Transform tool to scale myself to the right size and place it in. I might not even have to extract myself from the old photo; I might just be able to cover it up with the new pic.

My problem lies in getting the lighting correct. The August 2005 picture was taken on a bright, sunny day - it'd be hard to get the same exact lighting now. Can I somehow adjust the brightness/lighting/color of the photo to make it look smooth and not obvious I swapped pictures of myself?

Thanks In Advance (TIA),
Jen
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Old 08-19-2006, 11:54 PM
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Yes, if you have CS2 you could initially try the Image > Adjustments > Match Color... function trying to color match the new one to the old one. Also you can use levels to change the shadows and highlights to match the original one. You can select points that are common in both images and match up the levels information, beyond that you can go by eye. There is also the Image > Adjustments > Shadow/highlight... function that will also let you play with the shadows and hightlights (fancy that )
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Old 08-20-2006, 12:03 AM
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You can try positioning the "new you" directly above the "frizzy you" on a new layer, then select yourself and try Image>Adjust>Match Color in Photoshop CS or CS2. This may get you what you want or you may need to tweak. You may need to add shadows or apply a lighting effects filter. It's hard to tell without seeing the image. It might be a good idea to post both images so folks can make the best recommendations.
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:36 PM
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Ok, I did a lot of work and it only needs to be blended in:

1) Took a new picture in my kitchen, with smooth hair.
2) Used the extract tool to remove the background.
3) Used the transform tool to scale it down to size, then placed it over the "frizzy" me.
4) Made a duplicate of the mascot's hand and placed it on my shoulder.

It needs minor tweaking with the colors so it isn't so obvious I Photoshopped a new pic in... I uploaded the exact PSD file to MegaUpload and would appreciate it if anyone could make it blend realistically with the original photo, then tell me how they achieved that effect. The file can be downloaded here: Jen's Photoshop File

Thanks in advance,
Jen
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Old 08-22-2006, 03:22 AM
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Hi everybody,
I have something simple to learn and know there must be 10,000 tutorials on it; the problem is, I don't know what the technique is called so I don't know what term to Google!

I have some photos that were taken in August 2005. It was humid outside and my hair was frizzy. I'd like to take a picture of myself now in the same clothes I was wearing then, extract the frizzy-haired me out of the August 2005 picture, and put the new, smooth-haired 2006 me in its place.

Using the Lasso tool, I can remove myself from the 2005 picture, then once I have the new photo in a new layer, I can use the Transform tool to scale myself to the right size and place it in. I might not even have to extract myself from the old photo; I might just be able to cover it up with the new pic.

My problem lies in getting the lighting correct. The August 2005 picture was taken on a bright, sunny day - it'd be hard to get the same exact lighting now. Can I somehow adjust the brightness/lighting/color of the photo to make it look smooth and not obvious I swapped pictures of myself?

Thanks In Advance (TIA),
Jen
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:23 AM
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Hi Dm_Cher,

I'm sure yours are great products .... it's just the wrong Forum for advertising them.

You can use our Classified Forum for adverstising ... and the Help Forum only if you have tips or advice to offer... like, for example, for the specific request:
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My problem lies in getting the lighting correct...... Can I somehow adjust the brightness/lighting/color of the photo to make it look smooth and not obvious I swapped pictures of myself?
.... which, I don't think, could be dealt with with the product you advertised here ....
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Old 08-22-2006, 10:30 AM
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Ok, I'm guessing not a lot of people want to download a full PSD file, lol... so I'll post images. I'm using imageshack because RetouchPRO keeps telling me my file sizes are too big.

Old Picture (Eww)
New Me Cropped
Finished Product
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Old 08-22-2006, 11:14 AM
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Honestly, in my opinion, the lighting is quite different, why not just transplant the hair instead of re-creating the person
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:55 PM
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A) I spent an hour cropping the new photo and resizing it; I'd hate to see that work go down the drain.
B) I look thinner in my new picture; I'm 15 lbs lighter.
C) In general, I just look better in the 2nd photo, even when you don't account for hair and weight.

If worse comes to worst, I can take more photos of myself outside to mimick the original picture better. But if anyone thinks I can work with what I already did, please give me tips and I will goof around in Photoshop.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:36 AM
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Hi Jen,

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Originally Posted by Sobe203
Ok, I'm guessing not a lot of people want to download a full PSD file,
Right... many, here, are on a dial-up connection ... and 11.3 MB to download after a full minute waiting before 'megaupload.com' decides one is finally allowed to start downloading, doesn't surely help .... anyway ... that's what I was doing while posting my answer to Dm_Cher .... ...

Combining images can be done ... sometimes with great results, often with acceptable results, other times it can only become a frustrating experience, particularly when 'the lighting is quite different' as Cass said ...

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A) I spent an hour cropping the new photo and resizing it; I'd hate to see that work go down the drain.
... You are right ... but the size of the new you is still not right ... In the combined picture, 'the new you' is still much too big compared to the 'old you' ... and this, unfortunately, defeats your purpose of 'looking thinner/lighter" ....

It is very difficult and, in my opinion, these two pictures will never look really good when combined ... I tried anyway ... I'm not satisfied at all... but this is the best I managed to do ... That said, here is a list of what to concentrate on when combining images...

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RetouchPRO keeps telling me my file sizes are too big.
... The size limit for each attachment (5 attachments per post) at RP is 100 KB ... (200 KB for the gallery)... Just follow the second link under my signature if you wish to know more about it ....

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....so I'll post images. I'm using imageshack because RetouchPRO keeps telling me my file sizes are too big.

Old Picture (Eww)
New Me Cropped
Finished Product
.... It would be very helpful if you could also add the original version of 'New Me' ... before cropping it ...
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File Type: jpg F_erinJenPic.jpg (99.5 KB, 75 views)

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