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Swap Faces in Photoshop

Posted on 25th October 2018
For this tutorial, you will need two Portraits of people. One that has the body and details we want to keep and the second with the face we want to add.

1 - In Photoshop, open both your images.

2 - Use the “Lasso Tool” (L) to select the inner part of the face of the subject you want to use. To “Add” or “Subtract” from the selection, use the small buttons on the left side of Top Menu.

3 - Once you are done, drag your selection onto the other image and place it on top of the face.

4 - Lower the “Opacity” of the Face to about 40% to be able to see through and math the features as much as possible.

5 - Use “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T) to “Resize” and “Rotate” the face if needed. Click on the “Center” and move it to a spot that suits your needs better like the corner of the eyes since they will be our reference.

6 - Without exiting “Free Transform”, go to Edit > Transform > Warp and fix some of the details on the face. Once you are done, click “Enter” or click on the small “Check Mark” on the Top Menu.

7 - Turn the “Opacity” back to 100% and check if you need to fix any details like the rotation by using “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T) again.

8 - Option-click on top of the “Face” Thumbnail to make a selection, then go to Image > Adjustments > Match Color… use a “Fade” of 4, your “Document” as “Source” and “Background” as “Layer”.

9 - We want to keep the edges of the “Face” even, so if you want to apply a “Filter” you can click “Lock transparent pixels” on the “Layers Panel” and then apply the filter. We used the “Unsharp Mask” Filter but it will depend on your images.

10 - Then go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights… and play around with the values until your images match more.

11 - You can “Unlock transparent pixels” if you want and select the “Eraser Tool” (E) with a “Hard” brush (100% “Hardness”) to erase some of the edges of the face if needed. Then, duplicate the “Background” Layer (Command/Control + J).

12 - Select your “Face” Layer, go to Adjustments > Levels… (Command/Control + L) and move the “Midtones” lever a bit to match the images more.

13 - Option-click on top of the “Face” Thumbnail to make a selection, select your “Background copy” Layer, go to Modify > Contract… and use a value of 10 pixels (you may need a different value depending on your images).

14 - Turn Off your “Face” and “Background” Layers for now (click on the small eye icon on the left side of their Thumbnail) and making sure you are working on the “Background copy” Layer click “Delete”.

15 - Turn back on your “Face” Layer and hold the “Shift” key to select it together with the “Background copy” Layer, then go to Edit > Auto-Blend Layers… make sure “Panorama” is your “Blend Method” and that both the bottom boxes are checked and click “OK”. You may notice some “Edges” in the “Merged” Layer.

16 - To fix this, “Duplicate” the Layer (Command/Control + J) and change the “Blending Mode” of the duplicate to “Color Dodge”, lower the “Opacity” to 30% and the “Fill” to 50%.

17 - Create a “New Vibrance Adjustment Layer” in the “Adjustments Panel” and decrease the “Vibrance” and “Saturation” a bit.

18 - Then, create a “New Color Lookup Adjustment Layer”, choose “Fuji F125 Kodak 2395 (by Adobe).cube” as “3DLUT File” and lower the “Opacity” to 35%.

19 - Working on the “Merged” Layer, select the “Blur Tool”, use a medium and soft brush with a “Strength” of 45% and smooth out the places where the contrast and edges seem to hard.

20 - Your work should be similar to this.

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