Introduction: Make Your Twin

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Here's an interesting way to trick your friends. Will they believe you if you told them that you have a twin? Well if not...then show them some pictures of you and your twin...

I'll show you how to make this with Photoshop.

Step 1: You'll Need...

 - a camera with self timer
 - tripod or if you don't have use anything else which can hold the camera stand still
 - photoshop
 - haha :D

Step 2: Taking Pictures

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Place the camera and set it to self timer. Take two pictures of yourself, but don't move the camera, just change your position and if you like you can change clothes.
Here are my pictures:

Step 3: Photoshop

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1. Send the pictures to your PC.
2. Open them in Photoshop.
3. Select the second picture and place it over the first one. (Shortcuts: Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C and on the first picture Ctrl+V)
4. Change the Opacity between 30 and 50% so you can see the two pictures.
5. Take the Eraser Tool, choose Soft brush (size your choice) and start to erase the silhouette on the picture which is above the background. Like you can see it become clearer.
6. Erase the parts which are going to be seen after the change of the opacity back to 100%. Be careful with the fingers. Erase them very carefully! The fingers are a little above the shoulder. Here's how to fix them...Copy the layer "with the fingers", select the finger and move them a little bit to the shoulder.
7. Zoom the picture and look carefully for unerased parts. Erase them there are some.

If there are shadows on the picture they must be seen too, so continue erasing... :)

When you like the picture change the opacity back to 100%. The picture looks more realistic now isn't it? If you haven't changed you clothes you can make some changes on the picture like I do. I changed some colors .

Step 4: Save

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If you like your picture save it and show it to your friends. So what's their reaction?


AutieD (author)2016-10-11

I have tried this over 200 times. It does not work. Waste of time.

Rebekah3000 (author)AutieD2017-02-25

yeah it doesn't

DwayneHunter (author)2016-03-29

We do this

Fashion412 (author)2015-10-14

How do I photo shop a pic of my twin

IsaacJ7 made it! (author)2015-09-30

;) me and my twin rock the same gear

calomichoxd made it! (author)2015-02-18

make it twin in one picture?

rockerchandru (author)2013-02-07

Interesting and amazing ...........

slu6alka (author)rockerchandru2013-02-07

Thank you!

zomfibame (author)2012-11-03

this is a funny idea. :)

imran.bsa (author)2012-05-17

nice formatting

LadyKatianaTheBrave (author)2011-10-30

An easier way to do the same thing is to use the layer masks. Also you want to make sure certain parts of the photos line up. That way you don't have to mask out the whole of one photo or the other. Also I'll often find a complex background to photograph "myselves" on. That way people are less likely to think that you photoshopped the photo.

You can see that I've done something similar to a photo of myself here: (author)2011-10-16

I love it. Sweet

Mark Rehorst (author)2010-04-08

 No need to use a camera or use your whole body...  you can have all sorts of fun with a scanner and parts of your body:

aasif.faiz (author)Mark Rehorst2011-10-13

Cool Effect!! but gross at the same time

tete311 (author)Mark Rehorst2011-10-01

Imagine being backhanded with that.

caarntedd (author)Mark Rehorst2011-10-01

Creepy, and a bit Mandelbrot.

Foxtrot70 (author)Mark Rehorst2011-07-04

WOW! New movie Invasion of..."The Frog People"!

Lorellai (author)Mark Rehorst2010-04-12

Creepy but amusing!

I wonder wha it would be like to feel with so many fingers *hmm*

Fantastic effect!, reminds me of coral

feltonite (author)Mark Rehorst2010-04-08

Wow--a human fractal! :-)

the_lonely_snake (author)2011-10-01

HAHAH!wow so smart!very cool too!

chrisre cat (author)2011-07-03


slu6alka (author)chrisre cat2011-07-04

No, it's not grass, it's just fleecy blank:)

Wi11 (author)2011-07-03

Nice job! A while ago I took a photography course where we did something similar.

slu6alka (author)Wi112011-07-04

Thanks :)

skyheart (author)2011-02-16

which photoshop did u download photoshop cs2

slu6alka (author)skyheart2011-02-16

Here I'm using CS 4, but if you don't have it you can use CS 2, too. Actually you can do it with almost all versions of Photoshop.

NatNoBrains (author)2011-01-02

The first image is my brother, the second image is me!

slu6alka (author)NatNoBrains2011-01-02

Good job :)

NatNoBrains (author)slu6alka2011-01-02

Thanks, I used GIMP.

ernestmac13 (author)2010-04-14

I don't know the best program, but this can be done with video as well. There are two college students who have done music videos, that are amazing.Look for Sam Tsui, and enjoy.

NatNoBrains (author)ernestmac132010-12-30

Obviously, video editing these days can make you think that anything is real!


spiffytech (author)2010-04-14

Very nice! To make it even more believable, adjust the brightness/contrast on the right person's sweatshirt so that the left person seems to cast a shadow on the right person. Your eye is looking for that shadow and adding it in (carefully) makes the Photoshopping harder to detect.

slu6alka (author)spiffytech2010-04-14

Thanks for the advice I'll try it ;)

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aleji77a (author)ldb4772010-04-09

lol, I love the car one haha

MaXoR (author)2010-04-08

This is a great beginner ible. I would suggest however to spend time around the edges with an eraser tool on 25% opacity or something like that, and do a couple passes, maybe 25 is too much, 5 might work better to get a "Paintbrush" like application effect, where you use multiple strokes to get the right opacity, allowing for a greater level of refinement.

As well you can help yourself with the editing work if you use a well lit background, and a contrasting color for your clothing, light against dark sort of thing. That way when you go into editing, you will be able to do a majority of the cutting using the "Magnetic lasso tool" to grab the outer edge of your "twin".

Pro's use plugins that are complex to the point of acting like a whole new program within photoshop, new tool sets, and even the layout of the program window changes.... either way, these plugins allow you to use mathematical algorythms that are built into the tool sets, that allow almost seemless extraction of "twins" and can accomplish this feat with cleaner edges, and in about 2 minutes flat.

I love that others spent time to make their own, I think I've been inspired to do one of these in my spare time for some fun! I am a graphic designer, and a web site designer, and as such have bought the "Adobe Master Colection CS4" which includes photoshop. I also have the onOne Plugin suite to aid in "twin" extraction among other things. I realize that is not an option for the average person, as all that software is very expensive. I'll post it once I'm done!

jblanke (author)2010-04-01

I would suggest taking the blur tool and blurring the edge where you did the cutout. Here is my version from 2007. I also used the gaussian blur filter to blur the backround layer. (p.s. i don't dress this stupid in real life, hehe)

Kardillamo (author)jblanke2010-04-08

 You forgot to photoshop your twin into the glasses. Heck, you wouldn't even need to 'shop it. With the amount of bokeh on the back twin, you could easily get any random stand in to simulate your reflection

jblanke (author)Kardillamo2010-04-08

Why yes you are right. To be honest I didn't spend much time on this, I was really just screwing around when I was bored one day. I actually was just taking pictures of myself with the tripod for another project, and it was weeks later that I noticed that I could "shop" them together....had this been for anything besides a method of averting boredom, I would have spent the extra time to do it right.

slu6alka (author)jblanke2010-04-01

Thanks for the suggestion...I'll try it next time :)

uzziah0 (author)2010-04-08

Here is a picture I did of my nieces. I used my camera phone, it has a panoramic feature I just had them more for each sequence of the panoramic shot.

Kiteman (author)2010-03-30

I guess this would be even easier if you sat on something that would not squish or change shape with your weight, maybe a garden bench?

slu6alka (author)Kiteman2010-03-30

You're right...we look very I didn't notice that :D

Kiteman (author)slu6alka2010-03-30

No, I meant it would be easier to match up the two images because the seat would be a fixed reference point.

crapflinger (author)Kiteman2010-03-30

i concur, with simple additive shop jobs like this it's best to have the most static environment possible

nice touch changing socks between pics, most people would have remembered to change their shirt, but the socks  makes for an added touch

slu6alka (author)crapflinger2010-03-30

thanks ;)

teamcoltra (author)slu6alka2010-04-08

 What really does put it over the top was your change in underwear! Marvolus. (lol)

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