This post isn't like any post I've ever done before, so I hope that you enjoy it!
This year for Halloween, I wanted to have some personalized decorations. I found a blogpost of 19th Century Headless pictures and I ran with the idea for our kids. I will even show you how to make your own! All you need is a digital camera and photo editing software. I will be using photoshop.
First, a few tips for making it easier:
- Pull long hair up, or it will look weird to have hair on the shoulders (but no head)
- Take the pictures on a simple background
- Have fun!
Step 2: Take the exact same picture without subject in it
Step 3: Upload both pictures into your photo-editing program
Step 4: Using your move tool, drag the photo without the subject right on top of the picture with your subject. You will now have 2 layers, you will only be able to see the picture without your subject.
Step 6: Using the eraser tool, erase away ALL of the top layer picture (the one without your subject) EXCEPT for around the head. With both layers at 100% opacity, your image should look like this at this point:
Then go to 'Edit', 'Paste'. You should now have 3 layers. 1st layer: picture with subject, 2nd layer: the background covering the head, 3rd layer: (should be on the top of all layers) the new head.
Step 9: Place head where you would like it. It might be fun to have your subject holding a plate, and put the head on the plate.
Step 12: Make it look old fashioned. You can do this on your own, but I chose to use an action by Totally Rad called Old Skool (Fast), there are lots of free actions out there you can play around with to get the desired look!
I would love to hear your comments.