How to Edit a Picture to Add Somebody's Face

Written by elyse james
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Digital photography and graphics design software such as Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro have made it possible to manipulate pictures. Photo manipulation allows photographers to enhance their pictures through colour correction, or even to alter the reality of the picture -- such as adding someone's face to another person's body. In order to do the "face swapping" technique, you will need to have two separate pictures in which the faces of the subjects are roughly the same size and quality.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open both pictures in the editing program of your choice and copy the picture of the person you want to add to the other person's face.

  2. 2

    Paste the picture in a new layer onto the base photograph. Change the opacity of the layer to about 60 per cent so you can see the base underneath the picture.

  3. 3

    Transform the size of the picture so that it matches the same size as the base photo. Move the picture so that the new face is directly on top of the base photo. The opacity allows you to see the face underneath so that you can line up the eyes and nose.

  4. 4

    Set the opacity of the new face back to 100 per cent.

  5. 5

    Select the eraser tool and erase around the new face so that the new picture covers the features of the old picture. You might want to erase the jaw and chin of the new face so that just the eyes and facial features remain on the picture.

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