Category Archives: photochopping

Tastes Like Chicken Part 2

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.
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Tastes Like Chicken Part 1

Here’s an entry I submitted to a 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.
chicken barbecue
What can we do with the above photo? Well, we could substitute the chicken leg on the fork with something else.
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Photochopping, anyone?

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.
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