Swap Faces In Photoshop

Welcome back to another very exciting tutorial
here at the PhotoshopTrainingChannel.com. My name is Jesus Ramirez and you can find
me on [email protected] In this video, I’m going to show you how to
do face swaps in Photoshop. I’m going to start this tutorial by showing
you how to cut out the woman’s face and match it to the man’s body. Then, I’m going to show you how to color correct
the face so that it matches the skin tones of the body. And, finally, I’ll show you how to make the
merge by using the Auto Blends Layers feature in Photoshop. If you recognized the images, then that’s
because I’ve used the exact same images in an old face swap tutorial and I felt that
old tutorial needed an update that included color matching. So, hopefully, this will be a shorter and
better tutorial. Okay, let’s get started. We’re going to be working with these two images—this
woman’s face and this man’s body. And what we want to do is we want to take
her face and place it on his head. Before we get started, I want to point out
that this works best when both faces are facing a similar direction and have a similar head
tilt. So that means that if you have opposing perspectives
and angles, then this is not going to work as well. It’s going to look a little fake, so try to
get the angles of the head and face matching as best as possible. So the first thing that we’re going to do
is select the Lasso Tool to make a selection around her face. You can select the Lasso Tool by pressing
L on the keyboard or by selecting it from the Tools bar. Notice that every tool has the keyboard shortcut
to the right of it; in this case, it’s L. Then, you can make a selection around the
face, so that’s what I’m going to do now. If you made a mistake, you can hold Alt and
Option on the Mac to subtract from a selection or hold Shift to add to a selection, so I’m
holding Shift and clicking and dragging, and adding to the selection. So that’s what you want to select more or
less. Then you can press Ctrl J, Command J on the
Mac, to duplicate that layer. And, now, we just have a face, so I’m going
to call this layer “face.” Then I can press V on the keyboard to select
the Move Tool, click and drag on the face and drag it over onto the Other Documents
Tab. I’m still holding and I’m going to release,
and then, I’ll release the layer there; now the layer’s in this document. It’s a good idea to always work with the face
that is larger than the face you’re trying to swap out. That way, you have the advantage of distorting
and scaling pixels and not have any pixelation. So, what I’m going to do now is match the
size of both faces, so I’m going to press Ctrl T, Command T to transform, and I’m going
to click and drag on the opacity label, click and drag to the left to bring down the opacity,
and then, move this over his face. I’m going to use the eyes to match the face,
so I’m going to press Ctrl+, Command+ on the Mac, to zoom in, and I’m going to try to align
the corner of the eyes here and that’s where I want to scale from. So notice right now that if I click on one
of these corner handles and scale, I’m not going to scale from that spot. So what I want to do is hold Alt, Option on
the Mac, and click to move the pivot point. Notice how the pivot point was down here. You can also click and drag it, of course,
but it’s easier to hold Alt, Option on the Mac, and click. There’s the pivot point. Now if I scale by holding Shift At, Shift
Option, it scales from that point. And, of course, it rotates from that point
as well. So, I’m going to try to match the eyes as
best as I can and notice how these two are not lining up, well, we can rotate it just
a little bit and adjust it as best as we can. I’m going to bring the Opacity back up to
100%. I’m going to press Enter and I think that
looks pretty good. I’m going to zoom out and we’ll see what that
looks like and I think this will work. I think I might just rotate it to the left
just a little more, so I’m going to bring back the pivot point there and just do a slight,
slight rotation, not too much; maybe something like that and I think this will look better. Now, when you’re doing Face Swaps, it’s always
a good idea for both faces to have similar skin tones, similar colors, similar color
casts, and things like that, so when you merge the layers together, they’ll look much better. So I’m going to show you how to match her
skin tone to his skin tone really easily and really quickly. So I have the face selected, then I’m going
to go into Image, Adjustments, Match Color, and from here, we can select the source. That is the document that we’re working in. We’re working in the muscularman.jpg document,
so select that, and then, the layers where you want to take colors from. You want to take colors from the background
layer, so select the background. Now, that doesn’t look very good, and that’s
because the background has the gray and other colors that we really don’t need. We only want the colors of the face, so what
I’m going to do is I’m going to cancel that, hold Ctrl Command and click on the face layer
thumbnail to make a selection around the face, and then, I’m going to do the same thing. I’m going to go into Image, Adjustment, Match
Color, Source, Muscularman, Layer, Background, and notice the difference. Now we’re only looking at the colors that
are on the face, which is what we want. It’s a little strong so I’m going to fade
it a little bit, and notice how that matches the colors even better. I’m going to press OK, then I’m going to press
Ctrl D, Command D, to deselect and I’m going to zoom in and, now, we can keep working on
this image. The problem now is that the original background
image does not have a lot of skin texture, in fact, it’s a bit blurry, so we’re going
to have to match that. So I’m going to go into Filter and Blur, but
before I do that, I want to make sure that I don’t create any soft edges around the image
here, so I’m going to lock the transparent pixels, then go into Filter, Blur, Gaussian
Blur, and I can move the slider around to add a Blur. But, for something like this, it’s better
to start all the way to the left and use the up arrow keys on the keyboard to add blur
or the down arrow key on the keyboard to take away blur. So, I think, about 0.3 will be good for this
example, then I’m going to press OK, and if you want to add more blur in certain areas,
then you can use the Blur Tool, and there it is, taking away some of the skin texture
here on the cheeks, just because it’s not like that on the original image and we wanted
to match as best as possible. When you’re done, you can just unlock the
transparent pixels, and I think the image is looking much better now. What we’re going to do now is we’re going
to duplicate the background layer, Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac, and I’m going to disable
the original background. I’m going to call it the “copy body.” So we have the face and we have the body. I’m going to press Ctrl Command and click
on the layer thumbnail to make a selection around the face. Select the body and I’m going to go into Select,
Modify, Contract, and I’m going to select 5 pixels. For your image, you may need more or less
pixels, depending on the size of your image. So if 5 pixels doesn’t work for you, try adding
10, try adding 20, or maybe just add a couple. So I’m going to press OK and notice how I
have that space in-between the selection and the edge of the face layer. That’s what you want. So I’m going to disable the face layer and
with the body layer selected, I’m going to press the Delete key or Backspace on the keyboard
to remove those pixels. You can use the Eraser Tool, of course, or
any other tool that deletes pixels. And, now, we have the body. For whatever reason you hit the delete key
and the face is still showing, it’s probably because you have the two layers enabled, so
make sure that you’ve disabled the background layer and only the body layer is enabled,
so that you’ll see through it. So I can put the face on top of that and bring
the opacity all the way to 100%, just to make sure that we don’t see any of the transparency,
then I can press Ctrl D, Command D, to deselect, and I’m going to zoom out, just so you could
see what’s going to happen here. So I’m just going to zoom out just a little
bit. I’m going to select the face, I’m going to
hold Shift, click on the body, I’ve selected both. And I’m going to go into Edit, Auto Blend
Layers. If you don’t see Auto Blend Layers, then you’re
probably on an older version of Photoshop and it won’t be available to you. If I remember correctly, this was available
starting in CS5 or CS4, but if you’re in something older, then you won’t have Auto Blend Layers. So Auto Blend Layers and make sure you have
Panorama selected, Seamless Tones and Colors, Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas, and
press OK, and notice the magic. Photoshop blends those two layers automatically
and it looks great. So you can see what happened here. Photoshop added a layer mask to the body layer,
added a layer mask to the face layer, and then, merged those two layers on this layer
here. So I can put those into a group. With the top layer selected, I’m going to
hold Shift, click on the bottom layer, press Ctrl G, Command G on the Mac, to put those
into a group. So, I’m going to enable the background layer,
and that’s before and that’s after. Now there’s a little problem, which is the
Auto Merge adjusted the luminance values and the colors of certain pixels, like the background
here. You can sort of see when I turned that layer
on and off that those changed. If you don’t want that, what you can do is
with the group selected, you can hold Alt, Option on the Mac, and click on the new layer
mask icon. That creates a black layer mask that hides
everything inside that group. What you can do now is simply paint with white
using a soft brush just on the face, and there you go—before and after. I want to point out that if you’re on an older
version of Photoshop, anything older than Photoshop CC2015, you will not have the Merge
Layer, you will just simply have the two masks original layers, so you can merge those two
together if you like. And one other thing, sometimes you may get
an outline around the face. If you see this result, you can try increasing
the contraction–something more than 5 pixels. Or if it’s any easier for you, you can create
a new layer and use the Healing Brush Tool with Content Aware to get rid of the outline. And that’s it for this tutorial. I hope that you enjoyed it and that you learned
something new. Make sure that you leave all your comments
or questions down below. If you create an image using this tutorial
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  1. MASTER AGM June 20, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    + uma inscritaa

  2. Pakistan News June 25, 2018 at 8:52 pm


  3. J J June 26, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    photoshop face change

  4. Omar Khan July 3, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Very helpful tutorial! Really easy to follow and well explained! Thank you very much! 🙂

  5. Harold July 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Command button call Me an idiot but ive never seen a command button on a keyboard before

  6. Dounia Fatimazozo July 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    wow this gave me eviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil ideas

  7. Ogap idrazK July 16, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I keep failing at the contract part… cant seem to get that part like ever…

  8. Keziah Mae Ramos July 26, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I wasn't able to edit or follow the ctrl etc. cuz you have command button on your laptop and I have no command on my laptop. sad

  9. Alex Fok July 27, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Amazing color seamless between the face

  10. Sandram Pillay July 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Thank you for this excellent tutorial. Will be referring to it soon.

  11. NekoosOnFire August 6, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Not working .i,

  12. Elliot Anderson August 8, 2018 at 10:59 am

    when you said do control command, what is command? plz i need to know

  13. Stefan Voinescu August 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    how can i fix the "the parameters for command trim are not currently valid" error when i auto blend?

  14. Unalaq August 25, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    pls try this other angles

  15. Jorge August 25, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Amazing tutorial Jesus! Thanks. Jorge.

  16. xNoqhGaming August 26, 2018 at 11:49 am

    His voice changes so Much from
    0:05 to 10:36

  17. Depopa August 26, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    autoblend doesnt work for me it just erases pixels https://gyazo.com/506a59125f3f032611eda01d2b0955bc

  18. Istiak Sohan August 28, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    the video war really helpful….PTC is the best helpful tutorial channel I have ever seen…

  19. Sijo Abraham August 30, 2018 at 5:21 am

    its a good class

  20. Malik 315 September 1, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    What’s call this app please ?

  21. Mihajlo Živković September 4, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Excellent tutorial. Thank you for this man!

  22. Abang Korek September 6, 2018 at 11:25 am

    why make it hard ? just use auto-blend :'D

  23. AVIRAL VERMA September 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Probably the best Photoshop tutorial so far. You have literally taught a lot many things in such a short time. Thanks a lot!!!

  24. Tiha Tlm September 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Can i use photoshop cs6 for that ?

  25. Zakot September 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

    the brush part doesnt work on me 🙁 help me man

  26. Jazmin Ramos September 15, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    When I added the mask to the group, my mask came out white and instead of black. I tried to invert it but then the image turned blank. Any ideas anyone?

  27. Nicole Wilson September 17, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Very good tutotial. Only problem and I keep running into it . I've repeated the tutorial several times, is when I click the auto-blend step for some reason there is an out line of blank pixels surrounding the face, Can someone please advise?

  28. Bilal khan September 23, 2018 at 3:48 am

    the brush part is not working there is always a gap between transplanted face and original one i tried it a number of ways.please help

  29. fuma yoshke September 26, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Thank you so much…the long search is over… I've finally found the most reliable tutorial on face swapping.. Thank you and God Bless

  30. Arifin Hb October 14, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    as usual this is one of the great techniques

  31. Jake Roberts October 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    TY Teacher 🙂

  32. Lil oof October 21, 2018 at 1:38 am

    u hav same last name as me

  33. RavenRaze October 24, 2018 at 2:19 am

    So…without a literal model shot of both your faces, you're kinda screwed is what I'm getting at.

  34. 1944MJCM October 24, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Very good lesson thanks

  35. Alamin Mollah November 2, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Amazing! The Great tutorial of my life

  36. Shino Ready November 7, 2018 at 8:46 am

    i like it so much! thankyou it's very useful

  37. Abhishek Roy November 14, 2018 at 5:33 am


  38. Dániel Zborai November 25, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Masterful, Thank you. I also subscribed. 🙂

  39. Ahmet Koc November 26, 2018 at 1:32 am

    this is magic. you should join the x factor

  40. Alexander Johansen December 5, 2018 at 11:55 am

    You fuckign suck

  41. The Kalf December 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    7:25 you say you press Control command but what is that in windows terms? I am stuck 🙁

  42. Leen Ayoub December 17, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I'm wonderin if we can do the same thing but in a video …is that possible or is there a way to do that somehow ?

  43. Amri Nurfalah December 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    photoshop year?

  44. Footage January 2, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Shouldn't you have converted her face to a smart layer before transforming it down ?

  45. Dankgizmo January 5, 2019 at 12:57 am

    the auto blend isnt working my face just turns white it says "the parameters for command trim is are not currently valid."

  46. TRYHARD January 7, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Whats the edit program called?

  47. Growberg January 10, 2019 at 3:07 am

    uh how do we deal with hair

  48. Shilpa Degaonkar January 14, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Awesome. ……

  49. a b January 15, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    5:21 i dont uderstend plz tell me about for select face? hold CTL+..?

  50. RaduuX January 17, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    what's the command button?

  51. Sahra Makaui January 18, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    What program is he using ? 🙂

  52. cosmicshyper January 24, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    thanks so much i put trumps face on my dad.

  53. Roie Sofer January 25, 2019 at 11:54 am

    You dont even understand how many people gonna photoshop faces on a pornstar's body

  54. Henderinalestari Elkel January 28, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Thanks. The Best Tutorial on Youtube. 🙂 😀 :*

  55. Fernanda Gz January 28, 2019 at 6:39 am

    OMG you're just the best Ps teacher ever and I'm not even finish watching the video yet

  56. JapanInDan January 29, 2019 at 12:04 am

    This tutorial was really well done, thanks.

  57. King C February 14, 2019 at 11:27 am

    i put my friends head onto someone with a six pack XD

  58. Faizah Mohammed Aruwa February 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm


    THANK YOU!!! ??
    P.S If you can give an update tutorial for this I'll explode!

  59. Debosmita Deb February 21, 2019 at 11:52 am

    This doesn't seem like CS3 Extended version..if possible then plz let me know that which version u r using n also how to carry out this useful procedure in CS3 version,, n yeah thanx for the video:)

  60. Blu Rocklyn February 27, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Very very Helpful! Thanks Bro! 😀

  61. Gagan Webdesigner March 12, 2019 at 8:13 am

    very good

  62. Joey March 16, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Is no one going to point out how wonky her eyes look…

  63. Shahriz Kunwar March 19, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Super like

  64. twistedmetalplayer21 March 22, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    I have 2019, Auto Blend is greyed out
    no idea.

  65. Stray Girl March 23, 2019 at 7:58 am

    What’s the app name?

  66. Bludenwurst March 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    dosen't work for me. I did everything like you and didn't work

  67. Pepsi Dawg March 29, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    thanks for this awesome tutorial

  68. Fantoxxl March 31, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    First creation on photoshop for me … Thanks

  69. Syris _ March 31, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Command key? What one is that (not on mac)

  70. ROSFIX April 10, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    You're amazing! With your tutorials I hope that I'll start making brutal thumbnails, thanks!

  71. Jeff Overton April 25, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    What exactly do you mean 'select Ctrl command' at 7:25. I click Ctrl and click the face thumbnail and nothing happens, there is no lasso marks around the face.

  72. Michael Xu April 27, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Best tutorial of " swap face" ! thanks

  73. f00by April 28, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    great tutorial! Thanks for sharing

  74. Jeevy Ladra April 30, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    hold olt? please help 3:40

  75. ANDREI BAUTISTA May 6, 2019 at 3:34 am


  76. HaviKiller May 6, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    i dont understand the brush it dont do anything!

  77. QuickHippo _ May 6, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    This helped me so much! Thank you!

  78. Tracy Bryant May 14, 2019 at 5:01 am

    I just did my first successful face swap–THANK YOU, Jesus!

  79. Rumen Krasimirov May 17, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Which photoshop program do you use ?

  80. Rachel Bangtan May 24, 2019 at 7:30 am

    This tutorial is awesome I did my first face swap

  81. bruh May 25, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    i've shopped my face on Ricardo Milos

  82. Joseph Barone May 28, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    does not tell every thing do not like

  83. STAGfm May 30, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Good video, but ist there a other technique thats less automatic? Im not have the Feeling of having done it by my self 🙁

  84. mustapha boudaoud June 4, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Thanks dude i wanted to photoshop my self on porn :v

  85. Althaf MZ June 7, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    why after i contract selection then i hit the delete / backspace. It always say " smart object is not directly editable" ??

  86. paul bruce music June 8, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Can I use the quick selecteio tool

  87. paul bruce June 9, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I'm not using Mac

  88. Zeeshan Anwar June 17, 2019 at 7:26 pm


  89. nr B June 19, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    easy and fantastic tutorial..!!

  90. FinlandForceTeam June 23, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Whenever i press delete/backspace/erase tool it deletes the pixels i want but it also fades some pixels outside the selection area. how the fuck do i get rid of that, so annoying

  91. kristie Santiago June 23, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    wow amazing thank i get it now

  92. Irfan Shah June 26, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Great bro

  93. BAMBO TV June 29, 2019 at 10:37 am


  94. The PHOTOSHOP shop July 6, 2019 at 10:18 am

    great tutorial cant wait to try it out. do u have a action/plugin for skin and face retouching please?

  95. Angelo P July 9, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    I wish I had found this tutorial before. It would have saved me a lot of frustrations. Very helpful tutorial.

  96. Lisulk Nassi July 25, 2019 at 6:57 am

    thanks, so many interesting informations!

  97. Ahmet Yazıcı August 2, 2019 at 7:17 am

    U are awesome man!!!

  98. Ikechukwu Okebugwu August 18, 2019 at 7:58 am


  99. Sandram Pillay August 23, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Thank you for this informative tutorial. Will be using your method for some of my projects.

  100. Himanshu Sharma August 29, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Best out there…

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