How to make fake photos

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How to make fake photos
With fake photo software, a billboard could have your picture on it. (Billboard isolated on white image by TekinT from

Just a decade or so ago, to create a fake photo you would have needed professional experience in graphic design or a great deal of ingenuity. Now, the Internet makes it incredibly easy as numerous websites allow you to create fake photos in a few easy steps. You can use these fake photos to surprise people with imaginative gag gifts or to play fun, harmless pranks on others or just to satisfy your curiosity.

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    Visit websites like, or These website have a variety of effects that you can do to a photograph: make it look like your digital photo is on a billboard, on the side of a building, on a magazine cover, on Michael Jackson's album cover, next to Robert Pattinson, or many other options.

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    Select your effect by clicking on the type of style that you want. Look carefully at all the choices that each website has to get a good sense of the multitude of possibilities. For example, at you can choose to have your photo pasted on Marilyn Monroe's body, framed in a museum as modern art, on the cover of Glamour or Esquire magazine and many other options. At, you can choose to have your photo on one of the X-Men or Harry Potter movie poster, on the side of a bus, or engraved on a U.S. coin. At, you can have your photo pasted on a magazine clutched by Angelina Jolie, reflected in a bowl of soup or framed on a wall in Pamela Anderson's house. The choices are innovative and extensive.

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    Upload a digital photo stored on your computer. Usually, the photo should be in the format of jpg, gif or png format not be bigger than about 4 megabytes. Once your photo is uploaded, you will see your picture in your chosen format.

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    Save your picture to your computer. From this point you can print or e-mail it. Most sites will let you publish it on Facebook or Twitter.

Tips and warnings

  • Advance to photo-editing software to create more imaginative fake photos. This software gives you more control over how to edit photos, work with layers, add effects, colours and text.

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