How to Swap Face in Photoshop

Face swapping in Photoshop is mainly used for two purposes either the picture needs to be perfect or the picture is meant to be funny. Photoshop is helpful in both scenarios. The below tutorial is the mesh up of the above two scenarios. I am going to swap the face of two different models using the selection tool, and transform feature of Photoshop.


1. First step is to open both pictures in Photoshop. Go to file tab in the main menu and click on ‘open’. A window will open. Select both the pictures and click OK.


2. The images will be opened in different tabs in Photoshop.


3. From the two images, first open the image whose face you want to use on the other image. I will use the lasso selection tool in order to make selection of the facial part of the image. Select the ‘quick selection’ tool from the tool bar.


4. Make the selection around the face. You can also use pen or lasso/ magnetic lasso tool for the selection.


5. Press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘C’ to copy the selection. Now go to the real image for which you need a face and press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘V’. The selection will appear in a separate layer.


6. Change this layer into smart object so as to avoid losing the pixels in resizing. Select the move tool from the tool bar and right click on the layer1 in the layers palette.  A fly out menu will open. Click on the ‘convert to smart-object’.


7. Now press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘T’. The small circles will appear on the corners of the face image. In order to resize the face, just move the circles until it set completely well on the background face.


8. Press ‘Enter’ when done with resizing. Now in order to refine the edges of the new face, create a layer mask for layer 1 by clicking on the layer-mask icon at the bottom of the layers palette. If the color of the layer mask is white, press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘I’ to invert the colors. The black color will hide all that is present on this layer.


9. Now select the brush tool from the toolbar. Set the foreground color to white. And start painting on the face.


10. Use the hard mechanical brush to paint on all the face except the edges. On the edges use the soft brush with 50% hardness and paint the edges. In the end, the image will look like this:


11. In order to match the color tone of the skin, select the background layer from the layers palette. In the adjustment palette present right above the layers palette, select ‘curves’. If the adjustment palette is not there, open the palette by clicking on the ‘windows’ tab and selecting the adjustments.


12. Click on the graph and glide it around until you get the required results.


13. Now, go to ‘adjustment’ palette and click on ‘vibrance’. Set the values of vibrance and saturation according to your image.


14. Make sure that these two new layers reside above the background layer so as they will only effect the background image.


15. The faces have been swapped.





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