Every once in a while you come across a client that wants you to preform a Photoshop miracle. Typically this is because they can't shoot something due to availability, or cost, or even time restraints. They are forced to turn to the last resort which is to perform digital miracles. when ever a client asks me "is that possible" the answer is yes, but depends on time, budget, quality. No one can have all three, its the old say, "pick 2".
This client asked me to make a polka dot swimsuit look like a leopard print. They had the print ready for me, i just had to combine the print with the suit.
step one, remove polka dots. i wanted to overlay the leopard print so the details of the suit could show thru, and they only way to do that was to remove the dots from the suit so i was starting with a blank canvas.
step two, adjust the suit to something darker and start to add some color to match the leopard tone.
step three: overlay the pattern and adjust, over and over till perfect, or as close as possible.