Last post, we’d gotten to the point where we have one image of Nixon holding his left hand upward, and another image of Trump’s face. Let’s put them together and have Nixon pulling off a Trump mask!
I need to move the Nixon image over the Trump one, for reasons I explained last time. I did some backing and filling last time to try to get the images in the same scale. But I also need the canvas of the receiving image to be at least as big as the part of the sending image I want to use (which is all of it). Image > Resize > Canvas in the Trump image to specify the height of the Nixon image.
In Nixon I Select > All layers. A peculiarity of PSE is that the select functions are in their own menu, not the Edit menu. Maybe that’s because there are so many of them? To copy what I selected, Edit > Copy Merged. This combination selects everything in all of the layers (let’s not forget the hand we worked so hard on), compressing the result into a single layer.
Cue the drum-roll! In the Trump image, Edit > Paste to put the new Nixon layer in the Trump picture. In the top right corner, notice that I’ve moved the Trump layer on top of the Nixon layer to keep Trump’s face visible.
I find the result a bit disturbing. Trump’s face is too lifelike, as if he’d been beheaded. This isn’t Rome — at least, not yet.
I want to make Trump look more two-dimensional and mask-like. I decide to remove everything below the jawline. There isn’t much contrast between the parts I want to keep and remove; so instead of the Magnetic Lasso I try to Polygonal Lasso. It’s a “dumb” lasso; it just selects what you draw around without trying to help you. I make the Nixon layer invisible by closing the “eye” in the Layer Window. But, the Polygonal Lasso doesn’t work! The problem turns out to be the transparent background.
I erase the selected area with the Eraser tool. Now it’s transparent.
I wake Nixon up (opening that layer’s eye) and maneuver Trump’s face next to Nixon’s with the Move tool. I rotate it a bit to approximate the way Nixon is holding his head. I can’t get quite the right angle with the image I’ve got; maybe it could be warped somehow, but that’s beyond me. I adjust Trump’s size (I’ll bet a lot of people would like to do that) to approximate Nixon’s by dragging the corner handles of his layer.
Back in Nixon world, I make the hand the active layer in the Layer Window, and Select > All and Edit > Copy.
Edit > Paste in Trump world (sort of like WestWorld, a theme park you wouldn’t want to visit). Now Nixon has two left hands. In the Layer Window I make the new hand the top layer so the fingers will be on top of Trump’s chin. I move it exactly on top of the hand in the underlying layer.
Drum-roll! I move Trump’s face into the hand with the Move tool.
I’m not quite happy with this. For one thing, Trump’s head is much fatter than Nixon’s. (I’m just talking about the image; I mean nothing personal.). I could squeeze a side handle with the Move tool while holding down the Shift key to suppress the automatic maintenance of proportionality. But then it might not look like Trump. Guess I’ll let it go.
The other thing that bothers me is that Trump’s eyes make the mask too lifelike and disturbing. At high magnification, I use the Eraser tool to remove the eyes. Like the Brush, the Eraser’s effect depends on how long you use it in an area. I go over the eyes heavily to completely erase them.
To help those kids who aren’t sure who Nixon was, I use the Text tool and type in Nixon’s most famous quote. What a thing for a president to say — but “Grab her by the _____” still takes the cake. The Comic font seems appropriate.
All ready for Facebook! Hahaha