Create a Face Swap Online in 3 Easy Steps

Do you have a sweetheart who’s peachy keen or a close pal who could use a laugh? Delight your loved ones (and only kinda freak them out) by presenting them with a photorealistic face swap made right here in PicMonkey! No, you probably won't use it this as your next great profile pic, but it's sure to be a fun project (and still worthy of some social sharing). We'll show you how to do a photo face swap in just 3 steps.

Use these 3 quick steps to swap faces in PicMonkey:

  1. Open a photo with 2 faces in PicMonkey

  2. Cut out your faces using erase

  3. Place face swaps onto the original image

For the natural-est face swap this side of the interwebs, start by picking the right photo. The pic you choose should not only feature the two faces that you want to interchange, but both faces should be angled in a similar way.

1. Open your picture

Click Create new on the homepage to open a swap-worthy pic from your computer. If your photo’s already in Hub, select it and click Edit a copy (you’ll want to keep the original file in mint condition for later steps in your project).

When you open a photo in PicMonkey it's locked to the background of the canvas. You need to unlock it in order to cut out the faces which is super easy to do. On the Layers panel click the padlock icon to unlock the photo from the background, making it into its own layer. This prepares your photo for swapization.

Click the stacked blue squares in the bottom right corner to open the Layers palette. Then click the padlock icon to "unlock" the image from the background, making it its own layer.

2. Cut out your faces

Making sure the photo layer is selected, click Erase on the Image Tools tab on the left. In broad strokes, erase everything around your first face. Don’t worry about whether it’s perfect yet. You can always go back and erase more during the next steps.

Zoom in on your image to erase in finer detail; adjust the Size slider so you don’t accidentally take too much off. (But if you do, you can always use the brush to paint it back on). You’ll want your Hardness slider to be on the softer side.

Pro subscribers can use the background remover tool to get rid of the majority of the person's background and then fine-tune with the eraser tool.

Once it’s looking like a proper floating visage, we can move on to the next one! The isolated face you just made will have been auto-saved in Hub for when you need it later—so you don’t need to do anything to save it. You don’t even need to close it! Just go to the File drop down in the upper-left of the editor and select Create new to open another copy of the original file in Hub or regrab the original image from your desktop. Repeat the same steps above to extract the second face.

Important concept: When you’re editing images you’ve stored in Hub, you’ll often want to choose Edit a copy, because the minute you start editing, auto-save will overwrite the original.

3. Place face swaps onto the original image

When both faces are cut out and ready, select Create new again. Open your original image one more time from your computer or create one last copy from Hub. To summon your cropped face files, select Add image on the top toolbar and select Hub. Find your your pic and add it.

It may not look like it, but your file is now resting on top of the original image. F’real! Click and hold the face to glide it around the place it over the other person’s face. Use the corner handles to size it perfectly. You can use the Fade slider to make the face slightly transparent so it will be easier to line up the features. Turn the top handle to rotate the head so that it’s in the right position.

If the faces are at a slight angle, you may find that flipping a face horizontally (arrows next to the rotate buttons) makes the features look more realistic.

You can also use the eraser to smooth out any edges on the face. For example if Face #1’s forehead is blocking some of Face #2’s little forehead hairs, use the eraser to shave off some of the overlay.

Use touch up tools like Skin Smoother to blend and blur the faces so the seam is less obvious

Repeat this step with the second face. Then smooth the edges one last time with the Erase tool, and take the touch up tools for a spin—try Skin Smoother or Airbrush to help the faces blend together, Spray Tan to match skin tones, or try Highlights to create a similar hair color.

Extra tip: For a finishing touch, try flattening the image and then applying an Effect to the whole thing to pull it all together. Orton is a good choice because it slightly blurs the photo which is forgiving to some of the less-perfect edges.

Extra extra tip: Wanna change any of the colors around on your photo for an even more surreal look? Just use the Color Changer.

Behold! A face swap so natural, your mom might not even be able to tell which one is really you.

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make powerful images that level up your business.