How to Head Swap
Start drawing around the baby while holding the SHIFT key the whole time! Take your time and be as exact as you can. When the magnetic lasso grabs onto the wrong area you can guide it by clicking on a point you want covered. It is ok if it is not perfect as we are going to use the regular lasso tool to fine tune the image later. In the image below the baby is selected. Now to fix some problem areas by his foot.
As you can see above, when I place the baby, he appears in the middle of the image. Use the move tool (the top tool) to put him where you want him. He does not quite line up as he was leaning a bit in the original image. We can rotate him slightly to line up a bit better. To do this go to EDIT < TRANSFORM < ROTATE. When you have him where you want him click on the MOVE tool again. You will be asked if you want to apply the tranformation. Press APPLY.
To finish cleaning up the image we will use the CLONE tool. (This tool looks like the handset for the Atari I played growing up.) Go ahead and flatten the image first so we have just one layer. You can do this under the LAYERS tab or use the quick key COMMAND + SHIFT + E.
The clone tool is just wonderful! Basically it allows you to sample a part of your image and clone those pixels over another part of your image. For instance where the babies head does not quite match up I will clone the blue couch over the unwanted part of the image. Change the brush diameter as needed. Opacity and Flow should be at 100%
So this is how you can save an almost perfect family photo using Photoshop. I realize that this is a fairly complicated blog post so please do not hesitate to ask questions if anything is not clear! I am very open to suggestions for photo stories, or photo geek questions. You can reach me, Kristin, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!!! Feel free to leave comments below.