It's Easy to Make Your Own Photomontage!
by Eva Royal
In order to place a different face on an existing body, I work between two programs.  
PrintMaster 15.0, a publishing program and  iPhoto Plus a photo enhancement program
that came with my scanner. Both are very simple programs.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The Digital Detective
The Digital Detective
Base Picture
The example picture shows four women whose faces are to be replaced with the faces
of four friends.

Step 1.   Create a Base Picture

Copy your base picture and paste it into a blank page in the PrintMaster program.  

Step 2.   Create Overlay

Select and crop a woman's picture and paste it into a new window in iPhoto Plus.  

Step 3.   Shape Overlay

Shape the picture by selecting the enhance button, and then choosing the ellipse
shape.  
This allows you to create an oval of just the head.  Place your cursor in the exact
center of the head, somewhere around the nose area and draw the cursor out and
around until you achieve the oval that shows just the face and a small amount of hair.
Copy (on the Edit menu) that oval and paste it on the PrintMaster page you created in
Step 1, placing it over one of the bodies and sizing it to cover a head in the base
picture.

Step 4.   Repeat

Repeat for the other three heads. The direction of each head must match that of the
face it is covering.

Step 5.   Group

When all the heads are placed, click on Select All from the Edit menu, and open the
Layout button on the same task bar. In the drop down window, click on Group.  That
will group everything together in one image that can now be copied and pasted into a
new window of iPhotoPlus.

You should now have in iPhotoPlus the base photo with a new head on each of the
women. Each head will be in an oval with white/colored edges showing. This next step
is time consuming, but will eliminate those edges and blend the new faces into the
picture.  

Step 6.   Clone Background Over Edges of Overlays

In iPhotoPlus select a cloning enhancement.  This will change the cursor to a crosshair
symbol. Press the Shift key while holding the crosshair over a portion of the picture
you want to clone. In this case, it could be the bodice of one of the dresses or the
background behind one of the heads. Use this color to blend the edges of an ellipse
right up to the face/hair line. This will allow the head to fit the body.
Where, Who.....?
A Case Study in Digital Detective Work
The Database Detective
The Database Detective
The Ulmer Family
A Case Study in Database Detective Work
The DNA Detective
The DNA Detective
During Cloning
In this picture the upper right and lower right corners of the ellipse containing the
picture of the white haired lady have already been cloned, but the opposite corners are
still in need of treatment.
Step #8.   Group

After all areas have been cloned, Selected All, (from the Edit menu), click on Layout,  
then click on Group. You are now ready to print your photomontage or to copy and
paste into a card making program.
Finished Photomontage
This particular picture, was matted on a cream cardstock, and then placed on a navy
square of card stock.  I wrote
Always Friends with my computer and printed that on
cream card stock and trimmed it, then matted it on black.

No doubt there are many photo enhancement programs that have all of
these capabilities in one program and not have to toggle between two
programs such as I must do.  The principals are the same regardless of
the program used.
Self-drawn
Charactature
How to Create
Your Own Photomontage