PS Tips VI: Photo Correction

Take the best qualities of individual photos and merge them into one.


I’m using PhotoShop CS2.
Step 1: Open the photos. File, Open, and select the jpg images you wish to work with.
Step 2: Select Lasso Tool. In this instance, I lassoed the open eyes.

Step 3: Select your Pointer Tool. Drag the open eyes to your main (keeper) photo.

Note: I adjusted curves to lighten the eyes and more closely match the keeper photo. To adjust curves: Image, Adjustments, Curves. Slide the line on the grid UP to lighten or DOWN to darken (with jpg images. The reverse is actually true for cmyk images.)
Step 4: Soften Edges. Using your Magic Wand, click anywhere on the image except for the new eyes. Make sure you are on the new layer.

Select, Feather. I chose 5 pixels. Press “ok”, and then your Delete Key. You can press delete several times to get a softer edge. If you go too far, use Apple + Z to reverse the last step.

Step 5: Repeat. I used these same steps to bring the horse over to the “keeper” photo.
Step 6: Erase hard edges. Instead of feathering, I chose to use the Eraser Tool to soften the edges of the horse layer.

Step 7: Copy/Paste. While on your main (keeper) background, copy (Apple + C) a few individual leaves and paste (Apple + V). A new layer will be created with these leaves. In the Layers Window, drag this new layer to the top (above the horse layer).

Using your Pointer Tool, drag the leaves around the photo and place them in a believable, foreground position. Feather or erase hard edges.

Step 8: Merge Layers. Layer, Flatten Image.
Step 9: Save As. File, Save As, enter a new name so the original file will be unchanged.
Christmas 2008

Thank you for reading!



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31 responses to “PS Tips VI: Photo Correction

  1. I want to just learn photoshop by osmosis. Or have it downloaded into a chip in my brain and suddenly just know it. That would work.

  2. Wow, I felt proud learning how to merge pictures last week, but this is AMAZING!

  3. S. Le

    Very nice tutorial! Excellent snap!

  4. Kristin – that would be awesome! Sign me up! πŸ™‚

    GirlFromTheGhetto – Thank you! I hope you will try it. You SHOULD be proud for merging photos.

    Era – Thank you!

    S.Le – You already know this stuff! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the compliments. πŸ˜€

  5. Ultra high tech! I have photoshop and no clue…

  6. It is so like you to share with all of us these great tips. πŸ™‚ It is just that I am lazy to learn and I prefer to kust yell out for my kids to help me! lol πŸ™‚ Have a great week with your fun family!

  7. Ji

    this post is so much fun and outstanding!
    I love everything here!

  8. Luisa, thank you! Well, if the kiddos need any pointers, you can send ’em my way. πŸ™‚ Heck, they probably have forgotten more than I know!

    Hi Jingle! Thank you for the compliments, and for the fabulous award.

  9. Thank you for the informations,my dear friend!!
    It’s really nice of you!!!

    Have a great day!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

  10. Tammy

    Wow, You have such patience! I’ve never used PhotoShop CS2. It looked complicated to me, but I’m sure it wasn’t to you.
    It’s interesting to see a Christmas photo with so much greenery. lol
    Nice finished product!

  11. Joy

    Wow, I’m very impressed. It all sounds so complicated. I’m sure it’s like anything else, practice, practice, practice. I’m so lazy when it comes to this and I LOVE to take photo’s. I got a Photoshop program for Christmas and haven’t looked at it more than once. I’m now hanging my head in shame.

    Thanks to you, I’m off to learn. Baby steps. I new thing each day.

  12. Hi Tammy! Thank you. I think it’s easier to use PhotoShop than to, say, type html to format my blog, but that has come with time & experience. Our AZ Christmases lack white. LOL! Thank you again.

    Hi Joy! Thanks! It’s not so complicated, although there are some easier tutorials that I’ve posted earlier. They start out with the very basics, like resizing a photo, cropping, lightening an image. There’s Fun with Filters that I know you would get a kick out of. I’m excited for you to learn, and encourage you to take those baby steps. You can do it!

  13. Haven’t tried your method yet, but did you check out my shirtless Sawyer picture from my LOST recap last night? A work of art, but mostly due to his bare chest and dimples!

  14. Jean, photoshop should hire you as their training technician! You’re so professional!

    I’m jealous of your photoshop skillzzzz πŸ˜‰

  15. WOW! I am impressed. I had no idea. I’ve never been on photoshop or even seen it before. That is sooo cool! Great tutorial, maybe I’ll have to check out Photoshop. Love the picture!! They are so cute. πŸ™‚

  16. Ji

    you are so capable, Happy Saturday to you!

    • Haha, thanks Sherri! I was doing my “best voice-over”. πŸ™‚ Don’t be hatin’. I’ll share my talentz. Remember when I put your head on that playboy bunny? LOL! Something just wasn’t right!

      Hi Angelia – Thank you! Photoshop is pricey but oh so fun!

      Thanks Jingle, my friend. Happy Weekend!

  17. Ji

    roses are red,
    the sky is blue,
    I love you,
    you are cool!

  18. wow that is soooo cool I will give this a try really soon!

  19. this is flipping amazing. LOVE IT!

  20. Hi Jingle. Thank you for the awards. You overwhelm me.

    Hi Terri. You can do it! Let me know of your results.

    JJ – thank you! How are you doing?

  21. Hey, were is my dose of Jean today?

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