How to Mix Faces in Adobe Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop is my favorite software. One of the reasons why I love it is because asides from being able to make a living creating designs from the software, I can use it to have a little fun as well. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Photoshop to mix people’s faces or put a person’s face on another person’s head. Anyway, let us get started right away.

Step One

Gather two high-quality images of the people that you want to mix together. Remember to try to get these two images to look similar, as far as the person’s face position is concerned. This will aid in making the final outcome look as real as possible. I thought it would be cool to mix up former President Bush and President Obama.

Obama

Bush

Step Two

Copy one of the images and paste it into the other image. I copied the George Bush picture and pasted it into the Obama picture.

Paste

Step Three

Take the lasso tool and draw around the face that you want to apply into the other person’s head.

Lasso

Go to Select > Modify > Feather and put 20 pixels.

Feather

Press Ctrl+J or Cmd+J to put this selection in its own layer. Delete the original layer where this face came from.

Delete

Step Four

Lower the opacity of this layer until you can slightly see the face below it. Transform and align the top face with the bottom face so that the two faces are aligned exactly. Bring the opacity back to 100% again.

Faces

Step Five

Take the eraser tool and with a soft brush, erase around the facial features (eyes, nose, mouth) so that it shows a little bit of the features of the bottom layer.

Erase

Step Six

Play around with the Levels settings, the Hue & Saturation settings and the Color Balance settings until the color and lighting of the face matches the rest of the background.

It’s that simple. There you have it, President George Obama in six easy steps. Below is my final result. Please note that it doesn’t look perfect because I just did this tutorial quickly just to show you what is possible with Photoshop.

President George Obama

If you liked this tutorial or if you have any questions, feel free to leave your comments below so I can answer them and please re-tweet this tutorial to let others see it as well. Also, if you have any suggestions or ideas about a tutorial that you want, let me know and I will do my best to write a tutorial about that subject.

You can also attach a screenshot of your version of this tutorial in the comments. It would be interesting to see which two people you have matched. By the way, the professionals use this technique as well. Check out this blog post1 about NFL players switching heads.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://chrismodarelli.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/welcome-to-cleveland-now-let-me-chop-your-head-off/

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  1. 1

    Great tutorial, it will be helpful for me. I’ll try this out. Shared this article at http://pagememe.com .
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    Fun site, never been here before but I love the theme and your posts are great! If you’d ever be interested in having a small interview with me for my web 2.0 blog, definitely check out my site and let me know. It’d be great publicity for your site and I’d have a lot of fun with the interview!

    My blog’s URL is http://www.insidethewebb.com/ if you wanted to check it out.
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    @Rahul – Glad you liked it.

    @Inside The Webb – I’d be glad to do an interview. I will contact you soon.

  4. 4

    Very Cool Jad. Congrats on the first official tut. Pretty original. Anytime you want to interview me just give me a call.

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    @Denny – Thanks! Oh, and I will give you a call soon. :)

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    Oh!..that is pretty cool, I always wondered how this was done, very nice tut!
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    Yeah, it’s pretty easy to do but it looks pretty cool. This is one of the first techniques that I learned to do with Photoshop.

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    Great outcome and very well written tutorial.
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    Nice tut! May I make a request for a future tutorial perhaps? I’ve always wanted to make my own website. I’ve designed several ones in Photoshop, but I never really had that much knowledge on how to code it and all. If you could, maybe, give us a little guide on how to do that? It’d be much appreciated! I can understand if you can’t. I’m a highschooler who just loves designing.

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      @Kai – Thanks!

      Glad to know that you love to design. I also started to really get into into Photoshop and design when I was in high school and I love it. I will see what I can do about writing a tutorial on how to convert a site from PSD to XHTML/CSS. In the meantime, I suggest you visit Nettuts and follow this tutorial. :)

  11. 12

    Wow! George Obama. Ha ha.

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    @CyberFox – Yeah, President George Obama! :)

  13. 14

    Very cool tutorial. I’d like to see a tutorial all about using Levels , Hue & Saturation, and the Color Balance settings to change the look of particular parts of a photo or the whole thing. Great post.

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    Very nice tutorial :)
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    Ha ha I like this Tutorial. It certainly is a bit of fun anyway. I have been reading design blogs for the past couple of years but I must say I really like the design of this one! Going to check back regularly from now on.

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    i want to make my face look beautiful than too my original face…? <3

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    Not so good at all…!!

  18. 21

    Easy to understand tutorial.

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    Would it be possible to build multiple faces?

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