Sep 072011

In this Lightroom and Photoshop video tutorial, I demonstrate how to copy eyes, faces or heads (or anything) from one photo into another and transform them to fit.   This sweet cat of mine died a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to make a print of this image.  However, the eyes were out of focus — but fortunately I had another version that had in-focus eyes that I could borrow from.

I don’t post much on Photoshop, because these days I don’t use it nearly as much as I do Lightroom. However, compositing is one example of where I still rely on it.  Compositing in Photoshop can be a complicated process.  This is a relatively easy example.  For those who are new to Photoshop, it may still not provide enough detail for you — but it will give you an idea of what can be done.

You will see that Lightroom is used to do initial raw adjustments to both photos at once, and to bring the two photos into Photoshop as layers in one document.

Click here to watch the video.


  10 Responses to “Swapping Eyes & Heads Using Lightroom and Photoshop”

  1. Fantastic tutorial. I’ve been afraid of using my photoshop for almost 3 years – sticking to lightroom and ignoring blinked eyes etc. No longer thanks to you!

  2. Hi Laura,

    I recently discovered your site and am addicted to your wonderful tutorials! I’ll be buying the disk as soon as I decide whether or not to upgrade to LR5.

    Quick question: will the “Swapping Eyes & Heads” workflow you describe work in PSE11?


    • Hi Gary, I assume this can be done with Elements, but I don’t have enough experience with it at this point (though this is on my to-do list!)

  3. Excellent tuturial. Thankyou so much.

  4. Thank you Laura. This is just what I needed. 🙂

  5. This was VERY helpful. Thank you! I look forward to watching your other tutorials. You really are excellent at describing the processes involved.

  6. This saved my bacon thank you

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