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Photoshop Lesson - How To Superimpose Your Face On An Image Or Face Swap

Updated on January 19, 2011

Adobe Photoshop is the most popular tool used to edit graphics, images and photos. Many graphic designers and professional photographers use Photoshop using such tools as: layers with masks, color spaces, ICC profiles, transparency, text, alpha channels and spot colors, clipping paths, and duotone settings. If you don't have any idea what any of those things are, don't worry. I am going to give you some basic and easy instructions in order to help you complete simple tasks using Photoshop. It is normally quite simple to use Photoshop, the hard part is knowing what tools to use, and how to use them. I had to learn this through trial and error, I am going to give you a head start.

My Photo
My Photo
The Crew "Deadliest Catch"
The Crew "Deadliest Catch"

Project 2 : Face Swapping
In this lesson I will show you how to superimpose your face on another body. This way you can put your face on the cover of a magazine or album cover. For this lesson, we are going to use a picture of the crew from the hit reality TV series "The Deadliest Catch" as an example. I will superimpose my own face on the face of a crew member, therefore it will appear that I am one of the crew. I will need to use a photo of myself with my head at a similar angle and in a similar light.

Step 1: With Photoshop open on your computer, go to "file" in the top right corner, then scroll down and click "open", then browse through your computer and select the images you intend to use. In this case, 1 photo of me and the photo of the crew from The Deadliest Catch.

Step 2: Extract the face you intend to superimpose from your photo, click here if you did not already read: lesson 1: Extract An Object From The Background

Step 3: You will need to make sure that the extracted photo of your face covers the entire photo of the other subjects face. Then you can use the history brush to touch up any imperfections.

Step 4: You may also need to use the color sample tool (looks like an eye dropper).to sample the color of an area of the image, then use the pen tool to extend this area or fill it in.

Step 5: Follow the instructions in the video tutorial to edit the tones and colors.

Step 6: You are finished! Save the image to your computer.

*Interesting Fact* What does Photoshop CS3 stand for?
The original Adobe program was named "Creative Suite"
So CS3 stands for "Creative Suite 3"

After The Face Swap

Video Tutorial


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      ud1093 4 years ago from ?

      nice tutorial for beginners

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      Didge 5 years ago from Southern England

      Several very cool ideas!

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      Wabex Studio 5 years ago from Toronto. On

      great job

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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Papernotes, give it a try, it is easier than you think. It's a big hit with the kids if you have children. Putting a kids face on his hero's photo will put a smile on their face and brighten up their day!

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      This is great. I actually wanted to learn how to use photoshop. Thanks for this.