How to Make a Face Mask in Photoshop

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How to Make a Face Mask in Photoshop
Photoshop allows users to make a face mask from any image. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

In Photoshop, there are ways to isolate a part of an image by creating a mask based on a selection chosen to protect from editing. When you make a face mask in Photoshop, you create a way to morph a face onto another picture, allowing numerous creative methods to alter photographs. After creating a face mask, an artist can use the mask and add it to other photos, create artistic backgrounds to place it in front of and alter other photos using the face mask as a template.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Computer
  • Photoshop
  • Digital image of a face

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    Creating a Face Mask

  1. 1

    Start Photoshop from your computer desktop

  2. 2

    Click "File" and then click on "Open." Select the image you want to edit in the window that opens.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Quick Selection Tool" in the options bar.

  4. 4

    Click on the face in the image that you want to mask. Click on parts of the face not automatically selected until the entire face mask expands in the masking tool. Don't worry if some of it is not precise because you will refine it later.

  5. 5

    Click on "Windows" and select "Mask" to turn on the Masks tab.

  6. 6

    Click the "Select the Pixel Mask" button in the Masks tab. The selection now becomes the Face Mask and a new layer appears in the Layers Panel.

    Refining the Face Mask

  1. 1

    Click on "Mask Edge" in the Mask panel to refine the mask to include everything and keep it from looking choppy. Click the arrow next to the preview icon and choose "On Black" from the options to make the background black for easier editing.

  2. 2

    Adjust the slider for "Smooth" until you even the edges of the face mask. Don't go too far or you will lose part of the face.

  3. 3

    Click "Decontaminate Colors" in the dialogue box and set the output mode to "Layer with Layer Mask." Click the zoom button and close in on the face in the image. Click the "Refine Radius" tool to paint out any background colours still surrounding the face. Click OK when satisfied with the face mask.

  4. 4

    Save the new image with a different title and you have made a face mask in Photoshop.

  5. 5

    Open any background you want and enter the face mask into any situation.

Tips and warnings

  • Take your time and carefully work with the image. Careful precision will produce the best face masks.

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