How to Use Photoshop to Make a Fake ID or Edit Documents
Adobe Photoshop is the most popular tool used to edit graphics, images and photos. Many graphic designers and professional photographers use Photoshop using such tools as: layers with masks, color spaces, ICC profiles, transparency, text, alpha channels and spot colors, clipping paths, and duotone settings. If you don't have any idea what any of those things are, don't worry. I am going to give you some basic and easy instructions in order to help you complete simple tasks using Photoshop. It is normally quite simple to use Photoshop, the hard part is knowing what tools to use, and how to use them. I had to learn this through trial and error, I am going to give you a head start.
Project 3 : Edit ID Or Documents
There are various reasons why somebody might want to create fake ID, and many of those are illegal. This lesson will show you how to edit an image of your ID card or documents that you may want to alter, however the technique used will not be good enough to create ID for the purpose of fraud or any other such crime (this is a good thing, because I do not want to assist anyone to commit a crime). This may however be good enough to sign up for websites that you are not old enough to use, or provide documents to eBay or Paypal (you might want to check your local laws to make sure you are not breaking any).
Changing the date of birth and photo is actually very simple in most cases, in this case we will use an image of a sample NY State Drivers license. This is not a real license, only a sample.
Step By Step:
Step 1: With Photoshop open on your computer, go to "file" in the top right corner, then scroll down and click "open", then browse through your computer and select the image you intend to edit or alter.
Step 2: Use the magnification tool on the bottom left of the menu (looks like a magnifying glass) and zoom in on the date of birth.
Step 3: In this case the original date of birth is 06-09-1985, we will simply use the rectangular marquee tool on the top left of the menu (looks like a little square) to copy the "6", simply place a square just covering the area of the 6. click ctrl C, then ctrl V.
Step 4: Now you should have a copy of the number "6". use the move tool on the top of the left menu to slide the "6" over and completely cover the "8", now we have a date of birth in the year 1965, as apposed to 1985. You can imagine how this might be useful?
Step 5: If you only intended to change the date of birth, then you are finished and you can skip to step 7, however if you want to edit the name or address you can use the same process and continue moving numbers or letters around. You will be limited to the characters you have to work with, but in most cases this will be enough to slightly change name and address. For example, you can change 1043 front st, to 1430 fort st.
Step 6: If you intend to change a photo of an ID, in some cases you can simply paste a photo of the same size and similar background as I have done in this example. If it is not going to be that simple, you can see my article on face swapping: http://hubpages.com/hub/Photoshop-lesson2
Step 7: When your image is complete, I suggest you print it out, then scan it and save it as a scan, this makes it look more authentic and takes away evidence of tampering.
*Interesting Fact* What does Photoshop CS3 stand for?
The original Adobe program was named "Creative Suite"
So CS3 stands for "Creative Suite 3"
DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for the purpose of amusement only, and not for the purposes of fraud or any other illegal activity. Credit card companies and banks are not going to accept any documents altered using these methods, so if that is your intention then please do not bother to try. It is illegal to falsify government issued ID cards or documents, and we strongly advise against this. We hope you can have a little fun editing documents in a legal and safe way that doesn't harm others.
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