Put the best face on it
It happens to all of us. You take those group shots and as you go through them there is always somebody with eyes closed or looking away or frowning. Well there are some pretty easy to use software tricks that let you combine several photos to get the best picture of each person.
To illustrate I’ll take these two pictures that I took on Mother’s Day.
Scarlett’s eyes are partly closed in the first one and Lindsey is making a funny face in the second one.
I open up both photos in Photoshop Elements and Choose Group Merge from Guided Activities.
I chose the image with Lindsey making a funny face as my base because I like all of the faces in that one except Lindsey’s. Next I draw a circle around Lindsey’s face from the other picture
As soon as I do this the software transfers her smiling face to the other picture and I end up with this.
Windows Live Photo Gallery calls this feature Photo Fuse. I highlight two or more pictures and then click the Photo Fuse button
I don’t even have to draw a line around Lindsey’s face, the program automatically pops up a comparison box and asks me which I like best
I could do this for each face in the picture but I’m okay with the other three so this is what I get.
There are two other things that bother me a little shown in the red circles below
but a quick application of the Stamp tool –aka cloning brush fixes those right up
This works best if you concentrate on keeping the camera in exactly the same spot. If your camera will shoot several shots in rapid succession, do that. I kind of forgot that yesterday and was moving the camera around too much on most of my shots.