I'm basically new to this Photoshop thing. As far as I can remember, I'm really familiar with Corel Photo thing, Ulead PhotoImpact and the latest, GIMP. I have a phobia with using Adobe Products specially Photoshop. I know it's powerful yet I definitely know it's really difficult to use. I hope you guys can help me out to remove that phobia of using the said product.
Anyway a relative of mine asked me to create a pool party invitation for her. I attached it for reference. I just wanna make the image on the left like the image on the right. The image on the right was made using GIMP. What I did was, I selected the layer of the mermaid, then I created a new file out of it. After that I saved it as PSD. I opened it using GIMP and just placed the picture of the old lady under the mermaid. I just wanted the hair of the mermaid and some parts of it to kind of overlap the picture of the old lady to make it look more realistic and more funny. I was able to do that using GIMP apparently when I'm importing it on Photoshop, it's not transparent anymore.
Can anyone help me out on how to do it on Photoshop? Also I think I used too many "feather" settings. Please help me out. I'm totally pressured by this small yet funny project :)
I think it would look more "realistic" if you "sketch" the face of the lady (using the photo as a reference on a layer underneath) and lay it on top of the mermaid. Just sketch the eyes, nose and mouth and leave the skin tone white as in the mermaid clip art.
Open the mermaid image in PS. Make new layer on top and place the photo of the lady on this new layer. Make another layer above the lady...choose the brush or pencil tool and sort of trace the facial features of the photo. When you are happy with the face sketch simply delete or turn off the photo layer underneath.
Hope that helps.
One more thing: don't be afraid of PS...it's only a tool...yet a very powerful and fun one....the only way to learn is trial and error...mess around with it and watch your creativity taking off to new heights:=)