Who's That Girl/Guy
Combining a Cartoon Body with a Face Photo

First you need to open the cartoon body you want to use. I am using the picture below I got from art.com. Remember we are only doing this for personal use. If you were going to create something to sell, you cannot use pictures gotten off other sites. Open the cartoon photo you will be using or use one shown below:

Betty BoopBeavis

The first thing we need to do is erase the head from the picture. Zoom in by clicking the magnify menu at the bottom of the document window. Click the magic want tool Magic  Wand and click on the white background and hold down the Shift key and click the white between her arms and the space between her hand and head. Press the delete key to get rid of the white background. Click Ctrl + D to deselect the selection.

Click on the eraser tool Eraser Tool and select a size and shape. I used the settings below to start off then decreased the size of the eraser to get in close to the body parts:

Eraser Settings

You should have something that resembles the picture below:

Betty Boop Body

Next open the photo you will be using to extract the face from. I am using my photo shown below:

Nicholson Photo

We need to extract just the head. this time. We are going to use the magic extractor tool to extract me from the background. The Magic Extractor tool is used to make accurate selections based on the appearance of foreground and background areas that you specify. You can specify these areas by placing colored marks in the areas you want to select. After you mark the areas and close the dialog box, only the foreground area appears in the photo in the Editor.

On the image menu, select Magic Extractor:

Magic Extractor

This opens the Magic Extractor dialog box. The diagram below shows what the tools are used for.

Magic Selector Dialog Box

In the resulting large dialog box, mark the area you want to keep with the Foreground brush tool shown in the diagram box shown above, the more contrast you have between the object you're selecting and the background, the better the results. If you have areas of color in the foreground object that are similar to the background, you'll want to mark those. You are going to mark the area you want to extract by clicking the foreground selection icon Foreground Selection and then select the area you want to remove from the background. The area will appear red. Next click the background selection icon Background Selection and paint over the background area. It will appear blue. Here is my selection shown below:


Click preview to see your results. This is a trial and error part of the task. I tried several different selections before I got the one above and it seemed to do the trick. Click OK once you have the photo the way you want it. Remember the other tools in the magic extractor dialog box that can add or subtract from the selection. Also the smooth tool can help smooth rough edges that might appear around your selection. This is a process of trial and error as I said above. My photo is shown below:

Nich Photo Extracted

While this is not perfect, I just want the had portion from the photo. Next select the Polygonal lasso tool Polygonal Lasso Tool and draw a circle around the head. Head Selected

Next you need to copy the head shot (Edit > Copy), click back on the cartoon body document, and click edit paste. This paste the head on a new layer in the Betty Boop document.

Select the move tool and move the head where it should be positioned. Also move the top layer, the layer of the head, under the Betty Boop body in the layers palette:


Zoom in the head photo and use the magic wand to get rid of the white background around the head. Resize the head to match the body by clicking Image > Resize > Scale:

Scale Image

Use the move tool Move Tool to move the head to align with the body. Save it as a JPEG file. Here is my finished product:

Nicholson Betty Boop

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