Luckily, earlier the same day we took this other shot. Usually it is a lot easier to combine photos if they were taken at the same moment in time, but since all these photos were taken indoors with flash, it can work.
Step 1: Select, Copy & Paste
Photoshop in a Nutshell
To make it less daunting, I think of it like this:
- Working in Photoshop boils down to Selecting a part of an image and then Doing something to it.
- Most tools and options can be categorized as either a Selection tool or a Doing tool.
- Understanding which Selection tool to use in which circumstance is the key to getting the hang of Photoshop.
For this tutorial we use just a couple of the basic tools but after you work with it for awhile you will probably find that these tools are not necessarily right for your job and others will help you do the job better depending on the photo.
Step 2: Color and Contrast Adjustment
Play around with the Levels settings until you get the hang of them. Don't go over board. The arrows under the graph affect the Contrast while the 2 arrows on the bar under the graph affect the brightness. For this image I need to make the head darker overall. So I drag the white arrow down a little. When you move the white arrow, you are telling Photoshop that level of gray should be the brightest level in the selected art - not the whole file - just the part of the image that you are modifying at the moment. In this case, we are only modifying the new head. So any parts of the selection that are brighter than that setting get darkened to that level.
Step 2: Get Rid of All the extra stuff
TIP: You can use the Shift Key to add to a selection and the Option or Alt key to subtract from an selection with other selection tools as well. It doesn't work only with Lasso tool.
When you are happy with the area that you have selected, push the delete button. Repeat this until you have gotten rid all the large solid areas of color.