How to combine faces in Photoshop

31/10/2023 893

Are you looking for the simplest and fastest way to combine faces in Photoshop? Then you absolutely should not ignore the following useful shares. In this tutorial, we will introduce to readers how to automatically combine photos using Auto Blend Layers. You will be very surprised with the results.

How to combine faces in Photoshop

Are you looking for the simplest and fastest way to combine faces in Photoshop? Then you absolutely should not ignore the following useful shares. In this tutorial, we will introduce to readers how to automatically combine photos using Auto Blend Layers. You will be very surprised with the results.

COMBINE FACES IN PHOTOSHOP

1. How to perform face swaping in Photoshop 

To perform face swaping, in this tutorial we use Photoshop 2023, you can also do the same in older versions. To help perform face swaping in Photoshop most effectively, download illustrations from Valuavitaly, this is a free site you can refer to. 

Next, click on the Lasso Tool or use the keyboard shortcut L. Lasso Tool is a tool that helps create free selections in Photoshop. To create a selection on the model's face, hold down the left mouse button.

click on the Lasso Tool or use the keyboard shortcut L

You will see dashed lines after connecting the start and end points of the Lasso Tool. Click Edit => select Copy to copy the model's face or you can press the shortcut Ctrl + C. If you are using Photoshop for Mac OS, press the keyboard shortcut Command+C.

select Copy to copy the model's face or you can press the shortcut Ctrl + C

Open the photo you want to swap the face into Photoshop, here we use the photo of Valuavitaly => select Edit => select Paste to paste the copied face in the previous section. You can press Ctrl + V to paste in Photoshop for Windows or Mac OS, press Command + V in Photoshop.

select Paste to paste the copied face in the previous section

 

Next, we reduce the Opacity, use the Move Tool (V) => click on the face, then move to match the image to be merged. In most cases, the two faces will not match because the size and structure of the faces are different. 

To achieve better results, you need to click Edit => select Free Transform (Ctrl + T) so that the frame surrounds the model's face => click on the anchor point on the corner => change the size to match the face below .

select Free Transform

You can adjust the face rotation to achieve better results. However, the right eye and nose are still a bit off. To fix it, click Edit => select Warp or right-click to select Warp.

select Warp or right-click to select Warp

A frame with many grid lines appears, you can click Split in the left corner to create more grid lines => click on the anchor points to adjust the two faces to be matched together.

click on the anchor points to adjust the two faces to be matched together

So, the model's right eye and nose have been matched, but the mouth has different expressions so it hasn't been matched yet. Next, you need to click on Layer 1 and increase the Opacity to 100%, then click Add a Layer Mask => Layer Mask works to control the part you want to display on the image.

click on Layer 1 and increase the Opacity to 100%

Once you have created the Layer Mask, click on the Brush or press the shortcut B, adjust the size of the Brush to suit your needs => increase Hardness to 100%.

click on the Brush or press the shortcut B

Next, select the white Layer Mask => select the black Brush to paint on the areas surrounding the face. This action helps remove excess on the model's face to make face swaping in Photoshop more effective.

select the black Brush to paint on the areas surrounding the face

After surrounding the model's face, right-click on Layer Mask => Apply Layer Mask, this operation is to apply the effect of Layer Mask to the original layer, you will see the Layer Mask disappear.

right-click on Layer Mask

Next, right-click on the Background Layer => press Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer => Layer Background Copy is above.

press Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer

Click to select Layer Background Copy => hold down the Ctrl key => left click on Layer 1 above so that the selection area surrounds the model's face. After you have a selection, press Select => select Modify => Contract.

left click on Layer 1 above so that the selection area surrounds the model's face

In this tutorial, we will select the parameter 25 Pixels in Contract Selection => Enter. We can see that the dashed line is 25 pixels back from the original selection. This operation is to let Photoshop understand that we want to create a 25-pixel transition area from the face on the original image and the image to be merged. If the parameter is too low, you will see a sudden transition from the original image to the merged face, making the image not real. Try different Contract values ​​to choose the best result.

select the parameter 25 Pixels in Contract Selection

Once you have created a selection and adjusted the Contract, press the Backspace or Delete on the keyboard to delete the selection in the Background Copy Layer. Then turn off the display of Layer 1 and the Background Layer, if you see the empty area above the Background Copy, it is correct. This deletion must be done before face swaping can be performed in Photoshop.

press the Backspace or Delete on the keyboard to delete the selection in the Background Copy Layer

Next you need to click on the eye icon to turn on the display of Layer 1 => hold down the Ctrl key to select Layer Background Copy and Layer 1 => click on Edit => select Auto Blend Layers.

select Auto Blend Layers

Select Panorama then mark the following items: Seamless Tones and Colors and Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas. Specifically: 

● Auto Blend Layers to combine multiple images into 1 image. 

● Seamless Tones and Colors: to automatically adjust the color and brightness on the face with the original photo. 

● Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas: to automatically add details to empty spaces in the photo, helping to perfect the photo. 

Then you press OK and wait Photoshop for a few seconds to combine the face.

press OK and wait Photoshop for a few seconds to combine the face

As a result, we can see that Photoshop performs a very beautiful face swap. In addition, Photoshop also adjusts skin color and brightness to help the photo achieve the best results. Once completed, press Ctrl+D to remove the dashed line around the model's face. In some cases, choosing Panorama does not bring the expected effect, you can try choosing Stack Images.

choosing Panorama does not bring the expected effect

 

2. Solve problems when merging faces into photos in Photoshop

2.1. Is it difficult to perform face swap in Photoshop? 

In fact, combining faces in Photoshop is quite simple with the Auto Blend Layers function. 

2.2. Which version of Photoshop should I use for the fastest face swap?

You should use Photoshop 2023 or newer versions. Because new versions are often intelligent, they give more accurate results, making face swap the most beautiful and natural.

2.3. How to swap faces in Photoshop to achieve the best results? 

To achieve good face swap results, you should choose two faces with the same resolution, same viewing angle, and possess many similarities. Besides, you should use Seamless Tones and Colors to help Photoshop automatically adjust the color and brightness to help the two faces match each other. 

 

So, we have learned how to combine faces in Photoshop quickly and easily. SaDesign hope they are useful to readers.

 
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