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Replacing a Face

There are times when you wish a certain person weren't in a certain photograph. While you can use the techniques above to remove an entire person, sometimes that's a bit more work than we'd like to do or there isn't enough to work with to fill the remaining gap. When it's not possible to cut somebody out, you might consider replacing him or her. Instead of your ex-husband, maybe you could sit next to Tom Cruise or Matt Damon or even your current husband, in all those old family photos. You could turn your ex-wife into Julia Roberts or Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies, if you can find a photo to work with.

The difficult part of replacing a face is finding the right one to put in its place. You need to find another head shot with more or less the same lighting conditions (shadows falling in the same direction) and at the same angle, though the angle is not as critical. You can always do a 180-degree flip, if you need to, and then rotate the head so it's straighter or more tipped, as necessary. Figure 24.71 is a photo of Josh and Melissa. What if Melissa had married Tom Cruise instead of Josh?


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