How to do a "Rebuild"

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  1. elsaspet

    elsaspet TPF Noob!

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    This also works for replacing heads, fixing closed eyes, and giving yourself room for a major liquify:

    Here is the original photo. I've cropped in super tight to get rid of distractions:
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    2. The first step is to use a photo (in this case the original is fine) and select a part that is close to the part you want to fix. I started with his good eye. After I selected the part, I made a copy of it, and then pasted it right back into the photo:
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    3. If the part you just copied is turned the wrong way, as it is here, go to Edit-Transform-Flip Vertical. This will make the part go the right direction.
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    Move into position. DO NOT FLATTEN.
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    5. Now, you have the new eye on a new layer. Erase the areas around the new part, and the item will look pretty much like it was always there.
    (Note, on this photo, I needed additional work because I couldn't erase around the bandages.)
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    6. To match the area to the other side of his face, along with getting rid of the bandage above his eye, I used a low opacity clone tool, and healing brush to get rid of the evidence.
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    7. I could have kept it there, but I went to Filter-Liquify, and smurfed up the new eye a bit so that it wasn't exactly the same as the eye we stole from.
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    8. I then did all the above to make a new ear.
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    9. I repeated with the cheek and neck
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    10.I did some cloning to get rid of the rest of the bandages.
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    11. The collar area bothered me, so I cloned in a new one. While I was at it, I added a little bit of shadows.
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    12. And then, I just prettied it up a bit.
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    After:
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    Hope this tutorial has been useful!
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I can't see the images (it's my stupid 'Sonicwall' here at work).

    I do replace heads/faces/eyes when I need to.

    First of all: for the formal photos especially, I take at least three shots of each pose/group. Hopefully one of them doesn't have any closed eyes or anything that needs to be replaced...but if there is something that needs replacing...the other shots will usually have something good to steal from.

    I use a lasso to select and copy what I need from the photo that I'm not using, then I past that into the one that I am using. If I'm replacing a set of eyes, I'll grab the whole face. I turn down the opacity of the new layer so that I can position it exactly where it needs to be. I might have to transform or skew the new layer, but it's fairly easy to see what looks right, with the opacity turned down. Once it's in position, I'll turn the opacity back up and erase as much of it as I need to make it blend with the bottom image.
     
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    JHF Photography TPF Noob!

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    That..... was..... nuts....! I'm just learning photoshop, thanks for the tutorial. I had NO idea how to do stuff like that.... very cool.


    Jason
     
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    Very nice! Another way is to duplicate the image, flip it, and clone from one photo to the other.
     
  5. elsaspet

    elsaspet TPF Noob!

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    Yeah, there are several ways to do it....all of them good.
    It can be a freaking lifesaver!
    It's also great if you have a client (and we all get these) who likes her body in one photo, her expression in another, and her hair from yet another.
    Works for all kinds of things!


    Edited to add: Sorry Mike. I never know where to put this stuff. It was fairly portrait specific so I put it there, but also put it in "Beyond Basics". Sorry for the confusion.
     
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    skieur TPF Noob!

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    A very good demo, but I would say that the last shot still requires some finishing touches. In prettying him up, it seems that global softening was done.

    I would tend to go back and sharpen the eyes, teeth and perhaps some other areas such as the corsage. I would also consider whitening his teeth a little.

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