How to Perform a Face Swap Using Photoshop

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  By Julian
How to Perform a Face Swap Using Photoshop

Hi all, I hope you are all having a great time learning the in’s and outs of the great program that is Photoshop, and as much as we have learned we have much much more to discover.

With this tutorial, we are going to have a look at how to swap faces in Photoshop. There are many reasons that you would like to do this but the one that we are going to discuss is when you have multiple photos from a Photoshoot and after you look you see that one of the faces has a great smile and another is frowning or looking the wrong way, or someone is blinking. Essentially you like a face on one photo you’d like to add to another image you prefer.

Ok, so let’s take a look at our two images from today.

The first image is what my ‘hypothetical’ client likes; this is their chosen Photo they want to go with as they like the set up with the books, the globe and your boy’s favorite set of coloring in pens.

Unfortunately for the ‘Client’, they would have preferred a bigger smile, and we only have one image like this, but lucky for use we anticipated that and took a few extra headshots just in case.

The one they chose what the image we have below, it’s pretty similar to our image above which is good because we won’t need to do so much skin tone matching, which can be a nightmare, so if you’re a Photographer best to take all these shots in the same light if you can.

To begin we first make selections around the Boys head on the image that we are going to use to replace the face in the first picture.

The easiest way to do this is to use the rectangular selection tool, then go to Edit – Copy.

When you have the image copied you then open the picture, you will be working with to replace the face and go to Edit – Paste

Then you can close the first image we selected from and get to work on our main image.

Now you will need to resize and position it over the other face. Lowering the opacity of the image, so you will be able to see the other picture under it.

50% will be okay.

Then zoom in using Ctrl +

Then, hold the Spacebar so you will be able to position the image in your work desk correctly in the center.

By now pressing Ctrl-T you will open your Transform Tool.

You will now be able to start positioning the top layer face over the bottom layer.

This may take a little bit of work so be patient.

Remember to hold Shift while you drag the corners inward, that way it will keep its shape and not distort.

You will also want to rotate the image as well. This is done by hovering over the square until you see a little circular rotation icon appear then you can just click and drag your mouse.

Now bring your image back to 100% and click on the layer mask icon to create the layer mask.

Now using a Paint Brush Tool, on a Soft Brush Setting and a lowered Opacity you should be able to now go along blending in the face.

You don’t have to get it perfect just yet, and if you make a mistake, you can paint using white to bring the image back.

You will find the Soft Brush and Opacity options on the Tool Bar under the PS Logo you see in Blue to the top left-hand corner.

Below that you will see the Brush, and besides that a Circle, if you click on that, you will see a few different Brushes, the one you want to be concerned with is the very first Brush, then across from that you will see Opacity, 40-50% will do the trick.

So now we have blended in the head we will want to get rid of the rest of the background.

That is achieved by using the Clone Stamp Tool, with this you hold Alt to sample an area close by that is similar, you paint it on by clicking.

Then you go back in with the mask to tidy up.

And your end piece should be looking great.

Also, learn How to Edit like Mark Singerman Instagram Photographer in Photoshop.

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Graduated from college in 2002 with a degree in Art & Design, I started exploring my way in Graphic Design and Professional Post Production. Full-time freelancer since 2011.

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