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This was created taking a combination of mine and my fiance's photography with the manipulation being done by myself. It's for the cover of her upcoming book entitled The Secret Of The Trees.
Any and all comments and critiques are always welcome.
Wondered how you blended the face so beautifully into the image.
I'm trying to blend a'ghost's face' into an old churchyard image but it doesn't look convincing like yours.
First, edit your base images to your liking. From there, move your overlap image onto your background move it around to where you'd like it. With this picture, I believe I dropped the opacity to where the eyes are then created a level adjustment layer to tweak the woman's face slightly more. By all means, don't be afraid to dodge and burn a little as well.
I used a large sized eraser brush (figure maybe an 1/8th to 1/16 the total image size) , set to 0 hardness and about a 25% opacity, slowly work on the edges in long strokes till you think it's done. Doing it this way, if you think in terms of layers, you'll slowly build up translucency while keeping what you want in tact. With this particular image, I wanted to retain as much as possible whist still giving it the over all feel of a ghostly image.
It can be a time consuming process, but the way I did it gave me the results I was after.
Use this as a starting point, and feel free to tweak it to your heart's content
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