Off with ’er ’ead!
In Photoshop or Elements, use layer masks to change over people’s faces
There’s almost bound to be one person pulling a funny face, whether accidentally or on purpose, so it helps to shoot a few frames, and combine the images in Photoshop. This works much better if you set your camera up on a tripod as the background will line up when you blend images together. The easiest way to swap heads is to use layer masks and the brush tool to add/remove parts of the layer you want to keep. Here’s what you need to do…
Drag and drop
Using the hand tool, click and drag the image with the ‘new head’ onto the main image. Press shift as you let go so they line up. Add a layer mask and press Ctrl + I. Use a white brush to paint over areas you want to swap.
Once you’re happy with your selection, zoom in and use a smaller white brush to tidy up the edges. Layer masks are non-destructive, so if you go wrong, switch the brush to black and paint the pixels back on.