Let’s recap this tutorial’s first part.
You loaded the original picture, showing a grill full of chicken and a hand holding a piece of chicken on a fork. Then you loaded some other picture that had some object in it that you wanted to use to replace the piece of chicken on the fork. You used the Freehand Selection tool, set to Smart Edge, to select the object. Then you copied and pasted the selected object into the original picture as a layer.
Creative Commons has just announced the release of a new license.
Creative Commons is a system that allows intellectual property owners to make their work available to the public without formal licensing agreement yet without losing their rights over their work.
“Among other exciting new features are improved readability and organization, common-sense attribution, and a new mechanism that allows those who violate the license inadvertently to regain their rights automatically if the violation is corrected in a timely manner.”
Here’s an entry I submitted to a fark.com contest. If you’re new to photochopping, I think you will find this tutorial helpful. We’re going to explore selections and the “lasso” selection tool. Ok, so here’s the original photograph. Click on it to get a full-size version, and save it to your computer.
What can we do with the above photo? Well, we could substitute the chicken leg on the fork with something else.
As I’m sure you know, the US has strong copyright laws. That means, among other things, that if you take a picture, that picture belongs to you, and other people cannot use it without your permission. If they do, you can take them to court and win damages.
What is Photochopping?
Photochopping means to use software to manipulate images beyond basic retouching and effect application. When you smooth the crows feet on your Aunt Betty’s eyes, that’s retouching. When you alter the photo so it looks like she’s dirty dancing with John Travolta, that’s photochopping! Just applying an effect to a picture is not photochopping, and merely captioning a picture is also not photochopping, no matter how clever your caption is. To photochop, you need to chop — you need to combine photos, take material from one to put into another, or make non-trivial changes to an original.