Have a sweetheart who’s peachy keen or a close pal who could use laugh? Delight your loved ones (and only kinda freak them out) by presenting them with a photorealistic face swap made right here in PicMonkey!
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 on top of a blank canvas
Before opening your image, click Design on the homepage. The actual dimensions of the design canvas don’t matter, because at this point you’re just cutting out your faces and saving them as individual images.
In Canvas Color, click Transparent canvas and then click Apply.
Open the Overlays tab (the butterfly icon) and click the Add your own button at the top of the menu. Add your image as an overlay.
2. Cut out your faces
Pick the first face you want to cut out, then click the Eraser button in the Overlay palette. In broad strokes, erase everything around the 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 Eraser size slider so you don’t accidentally take too much off. (But if you do, you can always use the paintbrush to paint it back on). You’ll want your Eraser hardness slider to be on the softer side. Move the view controller (the rectangle in the bottom right corner of the Editor) to pan around your image.
Crop your image close to the face and flatten it using the Flatten image button in the Layers palette. Then export it as a .png (which preserves the transparency of the background) or save it to Hub. You’ll use it as an overlay when you do your face swap.
Repeat these steps to extract your second face and save it.
3. Place face swaps onto the original image
Click Open new in the top toolbar to open your whole image. Click Add your own, atop the Overlays tab, and open one of your face cutouts as an overlay.
Place the face over the other person’s and 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 Delete button) 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.
Repeat this step with the second face.
Extra tip: if you want to make a swapped-in face match the skin tone of the body it’s going on top of, use the color box in the Overlay palette to slightly alter skin tones until you’ve got a match. We used green here for illustrative purposes, but skin tones can be found in the lower left-hand side of the color picker.
Behold! A face swap so natural, your mom might not even be able to tell which one is really you.
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