A Photoshop project I'm looking to take on involves taking a picture of a friend's face and putting it in place under Darth Vader's helmet. I've done this before with some success but I would like to know if there are more advanced techniques that can make the work look more genuine.
Here are the steps I usually take:
1. Move my friend's face into the Darth Vader picture as a new layer.
2. Enable quick mask and remove the unnecessary parts of the portrait that I'm importing via a somewhat softened brush tool.
3. Use free transform to slightly adjust the face to fit in over Darth Vader's and setting the opacity to a smaller value so I can best try to align the eyes, nose, etc.
4. Set the opacity afterwards to around 85% to allow somewhat of a blending.
Are there more things I can do? I would like to know if there's a way to better match the colors or lighting as that would sell the editing a lot better.
Anyways here's a recent example that I finished where I followed the same basic formula:
Original Image 1: http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/167886_439868867254_692577254_4792731_6399414_n.jpg
Original Image 2: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fen%2F9%2F9b%2FNinja_Gaiden_%2528NES%2529.jpg&h=0AQGO3WPZ
Combined Images (the character's eyes): http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fi76.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fj30%2Forielonline%2Feli-gaiden.jpg&h=6AQGDqhet