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Create Face in hole effect

Aug 1, 2011, 06:52
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Create Face in hole effect
Hi folks.

I would like to know the quickest way to create face in hole type photo templates. I was at Universal studios and was impressed by the speed they could create face on body images.
I am thinking it has to do with lasso select tool with a feather on edges > invert selection.

Also what is the quickest way to make the photo face match the original face colour. (is there some kind of colour select to do this?)

I know this is beginner stuff and probably a common question.

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Aug 1, 2011, 08:07
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RE: Create Face in hole effect
This is indeed a fairly common question often asked by beginners Smile

It's more complicated than it seems in the general case. If the face photo is taken in carefully controlled conditions (uniform background of the right color, usually green) this is indeed easy. But if you have to extract the face (and hairs!) from a busy background, this gets difficult or at least time-consuming (btw you never use the lasso tool for this, the best "fully manual" solution is painting on a "layer mask").

Color matching is also fairly open, it's really a matter of brightness and hue/saturation so it's two different but interacting adjustments. The "color rotation" tool sometimes helps. Here too, having the face photo made on purpose helps a lot.

Last, something that does a lot for a realistic look is having the same general lighting on the face and in the image where it's grafted, ie, all shadows should look produced by the same light source. There is only so much you can correct there, and again, if the original image has been taken for that purpose this is a lot easier (read: nothing to do).

So, on the whole this is what most beginners want to do, but it requires some serious skills to be properly done.

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