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Photoshop Magic: Changing Reality in Your Photos

Learn the art of swapping eyes, heads, and bodies to make each photo you take the best it can be.
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What Will I Learn?
Enhance money-making opportunities by adding swaps to the image editing repertoire
Combine individuals from various images into a single, perfect group shot
Complete eye, head, and body swaps for perfect images
Use layer masks and the brush tool to fine-tune swaps
Use the clone stamp and healing brush tools to correct image problems
Rebuild portions of subjects that are missing
Add color correction and image enhancements for perfect images
Crop images before submitting to printers for ideal image sizes
Build an amazing collage for value-added sales
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  • Sample images are provided in the course, but the course will work best if you practice on your own group shots

Being a photographer is more than taking great photos. It is editing photos in such a way that your family members (or your paying clients) are amazed at how you can get group shots so perfect. This course gives you opportunities to make extra money (or impress the socks off people) by doing swaps. The author of the course, Dr. Dave Harris, has been photographing groups for more than 10 years and uses the art of the swap to earn extra money by charging a premium for each one. Families love perfect group pictures, and this course teaches you how to make perfect group photos.

This course will teach you how to edit images of groups so that the best shot of each individual in the group is used in the finished image. The course teaches eye, head, and body swaps. Using the swapping techniques, you can change reality and make each shot perfect.

This course uses Photoshop and is for students who have a working knowledge of opening photos in Photoshop. At the end of this course, you will make some magic with these photos.

The course teaches the basics of swapping by doing an eye swap. It then progresses from a head swap to a far more advanced body swap that requires rebuilding portions of the subject's arm in order to pull off the swap. You will literally be rebuilding someone's body.

The course then moves into teaching how to color correct and highlight photos for rich color reproduction at the printer. Finally, it focuses on cropping and rebuilding missing image areas to pull off the perfect crop.

As a bonus, the course includes instructions for making a custom collage. These collages have been used to make more money after the shoot using just an hour's worth of work in the edit.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for students who have access to Adobe Photoshop
  • This course is for students who have a basic understanding of group photography
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Curriculum For This Course
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2 Lectures 05:37

At the conclusion of this lecture, you will:

  • Know how to take group photos with a concentration on composition, as well as individuals.
  • Examine groups of images to find the best individuals within the group to be swapped into the finished image.
Preview 05:28

Sample Images
Simple Swaps
2 Lectures 25:02

After viewing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Use a layer mask.
  • Use the paintbrush tool to make layers opaque and transparent.
  • Take the eyes from a subject in one photo and move them onto the same subject in another photo.
Preview 07:39

After viewing this lecture, students will be able to:

  • Lop the head off a subject in one photo and place the head on the same subject in another photo.
  • Match the positioning of the head to ensure proper placement on the new photo.
  • Use a layer to cover issues in underlying layers.
Head Swap
Body Swap
4 Lectures 50:29

In this lecture, students will:

  • Begin the body swap process by matching the positioning of the body from one photo onto another.
  • Fine tune a layer mask to allow for a clean cut of the new body.
Introduction to Body Swapping

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • How to continue the body swap process using the paint brush and clone stamp to fine tune the cutout.
"Erasing" the Background Image

This lecture continues the body swap process by teaching you to use body parts from various photos to rebuild missing components in the main image.

Going All "Frankenstein" on a Subject's Arm

At the conclusion of this lecture, you will:

  • Have a completed body swap image.
  • Learn to cleanup the swapped image.
Cleaning Up the Body Swap
Finalizing Images
2 Lectures 19:46

This lecture teaches you to:

  • Use the Curves tool to deepen the black areas of images.
  • Use the Hue/Saturation tool to increase color richness and bring out specific colors.
  • Use the photo filter effect to correct incorrectly white balanced images.
Image Adjustments

This lecture teaches you to:

  • Use the Crop tool to resize images to finished specifications.
  • Correct the resolution of images that are set to strange resolutions by the camera.
  • Fill in missing areas of images to allow for various aspect ratios of images.
Building a Collage
2 Lectures 28:02

This lecture teaches you to:

  • Create a collage using various images from a family photo shoot.
  • Use the mask tool to create interesting ellipsoidal frames for photos in the collage.
  • Resize masked images while maintaining size and proportions.
  • Change a portrait-style photo into a landscape-style photo.
Introduction to Collage Building

This lecture completes the collage making process.

Finishing the Collage
About the Instructor
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Assistant Professor of Media

Dr. Dave Harris received his Ph. D in communication from the University of Utah after 20 years in the professional world of video and television production. He currently teaches media courses at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah.

Dave has two loves: teaching and digital media. His courses demonstrate his love for both as he guides his students on pathways of success.

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