15 September 2013

HOW TO: Swap Faces Using Photoshop BASIC Techniques

One of the things that people seem want to learn in Photo Editing using Photoshop is on how to swap faces to a different figures(face, body, poster, thing, animals etc). With today's technology, we can create hilarious photo with our friends.

Swapping faces is quite FUN to do especially you swap your own face into some quite celebrity face/body yet for some reasons(specifically with your friends) if it could probably offend or harm the subject, you need proper consent and right to edit to make it more hilarious and fun.

Now, the best thing here is, I will be showing off some basic instructions on how to achieve: "FACE OFF" – from the great movie.

Are you willing to learn on HOW TO SWAP FACES Using Adobe Photoshop? Continue to read here:

Here is my Final Photo
Final Photo
Requirements and points to ponder: 
  • Adobe Photoshop(Any version will do)
  • Photo
  • Tip: In order to fully swap and display better result, choose two photos that are similar with the face angle, head position, expressions, or maybe in color tone(Don't worry, Photoshop's powerful color adjustment will save the day)
  • For complex photos, you need to become more familiar with the techniques to edit the complex photo.
  • Although, there are lots of techniques and approaches, I remained to do what I wanted to do using Photoshop. Its really up to you, if you use some tools or techniques in swapping faces.
What to learn from this tutorial?
  • Color Adjustment
  • Clipping mask
  • Vector mask
  • Using Brush tool to remove unnecessary details
For this tutorial purposes, I used my own photo and one heck young celebrity(Daniel Padilla)

  • My own hilarious photo(source photo)
  • And with this, Daniel Padilla celebrity(are we look the same? :3 ) (Destination photo)

Steps on Swapping Faces Using Photoshop
1. Open your Adobe Photoshop
2. Open these two distinct face images(as shown images below)
Open these two distinct face images(as shown images below)
3. Now, use Marquee tool (I used Rectangular Marquee Tool here)
Now, use Marquee tool (I used Rectangular Marquee Tool here)

4. Select the portion of the portion you wish to transfer to other faces(here I included whole my own head)
4. Select the portion of the portion you wish to transfer to other faces(here I included whole my own head)
5. After selecting portion of the image, hit CTRL+J (or Duplicate the layer to get the selected part only). Then, I unseen Layer 1 and Background layer to see if it is already cut-off squared-face.
After selecting portion of the image, hit CTRL+J
 6. Use Move tool or ( hit V in your keyboard) this is the exciting part. I will move my face to Daniel).
Use Move tool

 7.  If you successfully moved the source squared-face(source), set to opacity lower (maybe 40%-60% just to see if it already fitted on the celebrity photo(destination).

Tip: use Ctrl + t  to Transform the image. You may want to resize the source(squared-face) to perfectly fit unto the destined photo.

Granting you did it well. We will move to the next part.

Transform the image
8. Then add vector mask on the layer(which we will be using the Brush (B) tool colored black to erase the portion of my own photo).

add vector mask on the layer

Tip: I used slightly soft brush type to slightly erase some darker portion. 
Another tip here is to use the Opacity lower in the brush tool. But it depends on your preferences. :) Most likely these highlighted below images are the important settings.

9. Now, we want to change the color of the (source photo) to blend perfectly with the destination photo. Play some different color adjustment.
Tip: I mostly used Curves, Hue/Saturation, and Levels. However, you can play it other not mentioned-color adjustments

Here, I played with the Hue/Saturation setting

10.  Add that adjustment layer(hue/saturation) a clipping mask. Clipping mask works very well if you only want the adjustment be effective in a layer under it. Select the color adjustment layer, and right-click your mouse, then it will display similar below image. Choose Create clipping mask

Shortcut: Between the color adjustment layer, hover your mouse pointer between two layers. Hold + alt then it will change its icon, then left-click to create clipping mask.

And this is the final product:(hopefully)

The above image shown might be enhanced with the removing of gray background. You can fill it with white color using Paint Bucket Tool. (of course, with that layer)

Tip: you can use Burn tool(source photo) to enhanced and blended with the final photo

11. For the final touch, I did use Curve adjustment layer to improve color/tone in all layers.

Final tip: I did add some fancy layers(shapes, text, adjustment layer etc.). With this photo, I used text(with reflection, colorful rectangular shape, and curve layer for final touch).

Tip: You can sharpen all layers(by grouping it in one folder group) or convert all into smart object.

Do you have some questions ? :) Please feel free to ask me. :)
If you like this tutorials, you can share this face-swapping technique. :) Thank [email protected]!

Edited: February 03, 2017

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