How to edit pictures to make it look like you have a piercing

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How to edit pictures to make it look like you have a piercing
Adding a piercing to a photo is a good way to test out the idea before committing. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Adding the appearance of a piercing to a photo can be a fun way to shock friends or simply to get a feel for what you would look like if you're considering one. The process is fairly simple and involves copying a ring or stud from another image and placing it in the appropriate spot on an image of yourself. This is fairly straightforward in quality image editors such as Adobe Photoshop, GIMP or Corel Paintshop Photo Pro.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Find two photos, one of yourself and one of a ring or stud you want to use for your piercing. It's best if the piercing photo is a close-up or high resolution image.

  2. 2

    Open your image editor and load the two photos you plan to use. Click on the window of the piercing and zoom in on the ring or stud. Select the magnetic selection tool from the toolbar and use it to draw a border all the way around the ring or stud you want to transfer to the other photo.

  3. 3

    Select the lasso tool from the toolbar. You can use this tool to perfect the selection. Hold "Shift" while dragging to add parts to the selection that the magnetic tool may have missed. Hold "Alt" while dragging to deselect parts that the magnetic tool may have caught by accident. Choose "Feather" from the "Select" menu and set a value of 2 or 3 pixels. This will prevent the image from having an unnaturally strong edge.

  4. 4

    Press "Ctrl-C" to copy the piercing. Click on the other window and press "Ctrl-V" to paste. Don't worry if the piercing does not appear at the correct size. Place the piercing in the correct position by clicking and dragging it.

  5. 5

    Press "Ctrl-T" to activate the free transform tool. Move the small boxes on the corners around the piercing to resize the earring or stud until it looks right for your new photo. Press "Enter" to accept the size and if necessary click and drag to place the piercing in its final position. Save your work.

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