Years ago I read an article about an artist who bought old masters' portraits at thrift shops then painted dogs faces over the peoples' faces. I scoured the internet but couldn't find any examples.
If you find them please send me the link! Hooray! Jocelyne De Montblanc from Belgium sent me the link, check it out:
Take my word, they were cool looking (in a spooky portraits-who-eyes-follow-you-everywhere kind of way). I mean, who wouldn't want their dog to look like King Henry VIII or Marie Antoinette?
Unfortunately I have never found an old master portrait in any of my thrift shops, my painting skills are not up to the challenge and I'm not sure I have the courage to paint over an old master. But I do love cabinet cards. They are all over the place and pretty inexpensive. You can download this photo here. (female version is here) I figured I could use my Photoshop skills to make my dog into a guy who sits on a chair. (I think I have too much time on my hands)
Open up the cabinet card and a picture of the head of your favorite dog. It helps if they have the same dpi. 300 dpi is best if you wish to print a copy.
Make a duplicate layer of your head and erase the background on the copy. If you erase on the first layer, the background is opaque. If you erase on the new layer, the background is transparent. (It's PS thing) You want a transparent background. (you need to throw away the first layer or at least click off the eye symbol to the left of the layer to hide it)
With the move tool, drag the dog head over the head of the person. Resize it until it looks about right. Reduce the opacity of the dogs head (see red square for location of the opacity slider) and line up at least one eye of the dog with the eye of the man. You may want to change the opacity from transparent to opaque and back again while you work to get the right fit.
Make the dog opaque (100%). Zoom in and with the dog's head layer selected, erase the edge of the dog's neck until it fits into the man's collar. Use your opacity slider as needed. You will notice that the guy's hair is showing above the dog.
Highlight the bottom layer and using the clone tool, cover the man's hair.
The dog's head most likely will not match the color of the photograph. You may never get it perfectly but if you highlight the dog head layer and open HUE&SATURATION you can get close. Since the photo is sepia toned, you need to click "colorize" in the H&S dialog box. This will turn the dog's head a strange sepia tone that you need to tweak with the hue, saturation and lightness sliders to make it match the photo.
He's not exactly King Henry, but he could be the founder of your