In Fun with Trump in Photoshop Elements – Part 1 I modified a picture of Richard Nixon to show him holding his left hand in front of him. Now let’s make a Donald Trump mask for the hand to hold!
I google for pictures of Trump’s face looking slightly to his left — the same position as Nixon’s face. I notice several pictures that combine Trump and Nixon! Other people have been thinking the same as me. One of them has the Trump face I want. It’s in color. I decide that’s a good thing; it will make the mask stand out in the black-and-white Nixon photo.
As with Nixon’s hand, I need to get rid of the background around Trump’s face. I use the Magnetic Lasso. It’s too big to select all at once in the magnification I’m working in; so I set the Magnetic Lasso’s Add option. This lets me select part at a time, and each new part will be added to those before to form a single selected area.
Erasing a background replaces it with the background color. But I need the image surrounding the face to be transparent. So in the Layers window I right-click the background and use the floating menu to convert it to a layer.
I’m not up to recoloring his hair. So I invert the selected area again, and go back with a strongly-feathered eraser tool to lighten up the edge of the hair.
I’m hot to copy Trump’s face and paste it into the Nixon picture. But when I try it, Trump’s face turns black-and-white. I’m guessing that some internal color palette is established by the first layer in an image? I can’t figure out how to tell PSE that color is really okay now. I’d rather do the thing than research it; so I’ll move the Nixon image into the Trump one. (I don’t expect Nixon to turn colored, and it doesn’t happen.).
There’s just one problem; the Trump image has higher resolution than does the Nixon one. I don’t want the result to be pixellated, so it’s no good increasing the pixel count of the Nixon picture. I need to reduce the pixel count (or maybe the Nixon count?) of the Trump picture to approximate Nixon’s.
I do an Image > Resize > Image on Nixon, just to see its pixel dimensions, and cancel. I do the same with Trump. The real comparison should be between their faces, not the whole images; but PSE 11 doesn’t have the Measure tool. On a scratchpad, I try to approximate the proportion of each image’s height in pixels that is face. Dredging up some high-school math, I decide to reduce the Trump pixel count by 37%.
Image > Resize > Image, and this time I’m going to do it. In Pixel Dimensions I switch the unit of measure to Percent and enter 37. I hit OK!
Cliff-hanger! hahaha. Join me in Part 3 to see how this pans out.