How to Give Yourself Abs in Photoshop

By Carol Adams

Retouching ordinary photos to make them into gag photos is a popular idea, especially as a gift. For example, you might want to change a shirtless photo of yourself to make it look as though you have six-pack abs. This could then be printed on a greeting card or on a T-shirt. You might think this would be a difficult task to carry out, but if you have a copy of Photoshop installed, you can quickly create this effect.

Step 1

Load two images onto your computer. The first should be the photo of yourself that you want to add abs to. The other should be of someone with a similar skin tone who actually has abs, taken from about the same angle.

Step 2

Open Photoshop. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialog that appears, locate the image of yourself and open it.

Step 3

Select from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialog that appears, locate the image of the person with abs and open it.

Step 4

Select the "Polygonal Lasso" tool from the tools palette. You get to this tool by holding down the "Lasso" icon, which is third down on the tools palette, and selecting "Polygonal Lasso" from the subset of tools. The icon looks like a bent piece of wire. Use it to make a selection around the abs in the image. Select "Edit" from the menu and choose "Copy."

Step 5

Go back to your image. Select "Edit" from the menu and choose "Paste."

Step 6

Select "Image" from the menu and choose "Adjustments." From the options, choose "Levels" Adjust the black and white sliders until the colors of the pasted in section match your own skin tone.

Step 7

Select the "Smudge" tool, which is the 13th down on the palette and looks like a finger, from the tools palette. Use the tool to blend the edge of the patch into your own skin. Save your work by clicking "File" and then "Save As."

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