How to change a car’s license plate in photoshop

Posted by admin | On site photoshop tutorials | Tuesday 9 June 2009 12:56 pm

Tutorial difficulty – Easy

Here is a simple tutorial that will show you how to change the license plate of a car in photoshop. The actual purpose of this tutorial is to show you the basics of combining elements from different photos into a single one. Following the photoshop technique shown bellow you can do a lot of other fun stuff, like changing street names on street signs, change labels, traffic signs, billboards, etc.

1) For this tutorial you need to photos: one with a car that you want it’s license to be replaced, and another photo with a new license plate.

2) Make a selection around the new license plate like in the screen capture bellow. You can do this with either the wand tool, magnetic lasso

tool, polygonal tool or lasso tool, depending on your photo. In this case I have used the magnetic tool.

3) With the selection active, click on the “move tool” and drag the selection over the other image

4) As you can see, the new license plate is too big so we obviously need to scale it. Press “ctrl+T” and drag the start scaling it starting from one corner. Make sure you hold shift while scaling, so that it will be done proportionally. After having it scaled down to approximately the size of the old one, position it over, like in the screen capture bellow.

5) We are almost there. At this point we need to adjust the perspective of the new plate to match the old one. You can do this easily using the skew modifier

6) The position, the dimensions and the perspective look ok at this point, but in order to “blend” it better, we need to decrease the contrast and the brightness a bit (image, adjustments, brightness and contrast)

That’s it! We’re done!

The quickest way to change the color of your eyes in photoshop

Posted by admin | On site photoshop tutorials | Tuesday 9 June 2009 12:40 pm

Tutorial difficulty -Very easy

Do you have brown eyes but always wished to have blue eyes? Are you curious to see how you would look with a different eyes color?
Here a few simple steps that will show you how to do it quickly in photoshop.

Bellow is the image that I started with. If you don’t have a proper photo yet, feel free to use mine:

1)    Open the photo in photoshop and make a copy of the “background” layer.

2)    Using the lasso tool, select the eyes, like in the photo bellow:

3)    After having completed the selection for both eyes, go to “image”, “adjustments”, “color balance” and play with the sliders until you obtain a result you like. You can also adjust the brightness and contrast, or the saturation (both can be found in “image” > “adjustments” menus).
Bellow are some results I have obtained using the steps shown above.

In case you are wondering why we have made a copy of the original layer at the beginning of the tutorial, the answer is “it’s just good practice”. It is always better to keep the original photo at the bottom of the stack, just in case something goes wrong, you can always go back and start over.

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