December 20th 2018

Today I tried to teach myself how to use Photoshop. I was messing around this evening editing some of my sister’s wedding photos, and my Dad jokingly set me a challenge to make him look four inches taller in one of the photos. Naturally, I accepted the challenge. Now, at the start of the challenge I didn’t have a clue how I could go about doing that, but I figured that it was possible.

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Well, of course it’s possible. I could have just crudely drawn a circle around him in MS Paint and dragged the box four inches worth of pixels to the north, but I wanted to do it in a way that made it look legitimate.

So I did a bit of research and familiarised myself with the software, and figured out what all the different buttons did. As it turned out, what I ended up doing wasn’t too far away from what I’d hypothesised in MS Paint, it’s just Photoshop does it much more efficiently and proficiently.

Basically, I used the magnetic lasso tool to draw an outline around Dad, and copied only him to a new layer. Then, I — as I said I would — dragged him four inches worth of pixels to the north. And then a bit more for good measure. I wanted him to experience being six foot for once in his life!

Although he was now six foot, I was left with a bit of tidying up to do. Where I’d lifted him, I’d left behind bits of his suit that ended up looking distorted and out of place. So I used the smudge/blur tool to blend those bits into the rest of his suit. And then I had the finished product: WhatsApp Image 2018-12-20 at 15.30.50.jpeg

I didn’t think it looked too bad considering I still have no idea what I’m doing with the software. I mean, it looks really alien to me but that’s because A) I was the one doing that edited and B) I’m not used to seeing my Dad look six feet tall.

My only other self-criticism would be that I left the interlinking hands untouched. The positioning of my sister’s hand makes it look like her elbow would have to be bent at an uncomfortable angle but, again, that’s just being picky.

It was fun to be set a challenge, to go away and learn how to do it, and come up with a finished product. All it took was a couple minutes on Google, and the rest was just fiddling around with Photoshop.

Until tomorrow, which button do I press to make me rich?


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