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Put Your Head on A Different Body - Online 4 Steps

Switch Your Head to Another Body!

Switch the head of one picture to the body of another picture using the free online photo editor Pixlr. Students will use the cropping tool to crop the head, the magic wand and eraser to remove the background from the head shot, and the layers feature of Pixlr to place the headshot layer over the body layer.

 

Students will also learn that .png image files can used to retain the transparent background of the headshot image.

Grades 4 +

 

 

The free online photo editing program Pixlr is used for this exercise.

Students should have a headshot picture of themselves and a body picture to work with.

 

Some ideas for bodies are animals, cartoons, other students, athletes, singers, dancers, astronauts, circus people, body builders, models, doctors, friends, etc.

 

Download the tutorial - Google Slides version:
google-slides-headswitch-tutorial-using-pixlr

 

Download the tutorial - PDF version:

headswitch-tutorial-using-pixlr.pdf

 

 


 

Before Head Switch:

After Head Switch:

Before head switch After head switch

 

 

Step One:

Open your headshot picture in Pixlr (File > Open Image).

Pixlr is here: https://pixlr.com/editor/

 

Draw a rectangle around your head with the Crop tool.

Use the Pixlr Crop tool to crop your head

 

 

Crop your head.

Tap "Enter" on the keyboard to crop your selection.

Cropped Headshot Example

 

 

Step Two:

Remove the background behind your head with the magic wand and eraser.

Important! before you begin removing the background of your headshot in Pixlr, make sure the layer is UNLOCKED.

Unlock the layer before erasing.

 

 

Select the magic wand and click in the background behind the head, then use the keyboard Delete key to delete the background. Press Ctrl + D to deselect (get rid of the marching ants). Use the eraser as necessary to remove additional background detail. If you see the checkerboard squares as show below, then you may continue. If you see a white background, then go back and unlock the layer first, then remove the background.

Remove the background with the magic wand and eraser tools

 

 

 

Save the picture of your head with the (clear) background as a .png file to your picture folder.

This is important, a .png file will retain the clear background. A .jpg will not.

Here's how it should look when you finish removing everything around your head and neck:

 

 

Step Three:

Open the body picture you want to put your head on.

(File > Open Image).

Open the body picture using file >  open image.

 

 

 

Step Four:

Add your head to the body. (Layers > Open image as layer)

The  head shot picture is added as a new layer on the body picture.

 

If you need to resize the headshot, press Ctrl + T, or go to Edit > Free Transform.

 

DONE!

Head Switch - Boy Astronaut - Finished Example

 

 

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