And here is the before and after shots. I followed a cool tutorial for Photoshop, as my trial and error methods weren't quite efficient enough. This one was super clean and has some rather nifty shortcuts I didn't know. How to Mask Hair in Photoshop by Noyse Works on YouTube. For the before/after image, I actually checked out another tutorial by Phlearn, How to Create a .gif and Upload it to Instagram. I don't use Instagram, but this did have another trick I'd never tried before, "Apply Image" to add all the image layers to a new layer. I had always copied all layers, then merged them. This was way easier. I had hoped the tutorial would have transitions suggestions, well, I made my own/ I made 5 layers with varying levels of opacity between each step. Not perfect, but hey, animation isn't quite my thing.
Once I've gotten the entire set done (not all the pictures, just a few poses), then I'll take picture orders for all the grandparents :D I think this turned out way better than the year I gave him a Cyclops superhero makeover, though that was pretty cool.