How to Create a Face Swap in PicMonkey

How to Create a Face Swap in PicMonkey

Have a sweetheart who’s peachy keen or a close pal who could use laugh? Delight (and freak out) your loved ones by presenting them with a photorealistic face swap made right here in PicMonkey!

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

Open your picture on top of a blank canvas

Without 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. Mesmerizing gray and white checkered boxes should appear on your once-white canvas.Freak out your friends by creating a realistic face swap in PicMonkey.
Click the Overlays tab and click the Your own button at the top of the menu and open your image.

Cut out your faces

Pick the first face you want to edit. Click the Eraser button in the Overlay palette. In broad strokes, erase everything around the first face. Don’t worry if it’s perfect yet. You can always go back and erase more during the next steps.Freak out your friends by creating a realistic face swap in PicMonkey.

Use the zoom slider to get in close and erase in finer detail; adjust the Eraser size slider so you don’t accidentally take too much off. You’ll want your Eraser hardness slider to be generally on the left side, so the edges of your cutout aren’t too sharp. Move the view controller (the highlighted rectangle near the zoom slider) to pan and scroll around your image.

Crop your image close to the face and save it as a .png (which preserves the transparency of the background). You’ll use it as an overlay when you do your face swap.

Freak out your friends by creating a realistic face swap in PicMonkey.

Repeat these steps to extract your second face and save it.

Place face swaps onto the original image

From the homepage, hover over Edit and open your original image. Click Your own, atop the Overlays tab, and open one of your face cutouts as an overlay.Freak out your friends by creating a realistic face swap in PicMonkey.

Place the face over the other person’s body 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.

Freak out your friends by creating a realistic face swap in PicMonkey.
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 baby forehead hairs, use the eraser to shave off some of the forehead.

Repeat this step with the second face.

Freak out your friends by creating a realistic face swap in PicMonkey.

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 picker on 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.

Save your masterpiece

Behold! A face swap so natural, your mom might not even be able to tell which one is really you.Freak out your friends by creating a realistic face swap in PicMonkey.

 

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Tanya Friedland
Tanya is a copywriter at PicMonkey, a company that has greatly improved her life by allowing her to Zombify her friends and Santa-ify her enemies. A native Seattleite, she dreams of one day being a contestant on The Price Is Right.