Learn the Photoshop Image Swap and Blend Technique in just 14 easy steps with useful tips!

  1. Find two images to be swapped. E.g. – a face swapped to another photo. Try to get the angles of the faces in similar position ( as much as possible)
  2. Select the Lasso Tool by selecting L or Lasso Tool in the tool bar 1
  3. Make a selection around the face to be used for swapping on another image
  4. In case of modifications, use the Alt and work the mouse to zoom in or spacebar and mouse clicks to adjust the image according to convenience.
  5. It’s a wise step to name the cut out face e.g. FACE. Then pressing the option V which activates the Move Tool Click on the FACE and drag it onto Photo 2 document tab and then release it on this layer. 2
  6. To size down the faces to a compatible level, the command Ctrl + T is used to click and drag the face to move the opacity level3 to a reduced value where we are able to distinguish the layer below from the FACE.
  7. Try to take one particular point e.g. the inner corner of the eye as a reference and use it as the pivot point. Hold Alt and click to move the pivot point. Now hold Shift Alt and the scaling is done accordingly to match the ratios of the photos. You can scale down, line up, drag, or tilt using the pivot option
  8. Once the FACE is imported successfully on the second layer, increase the opacity to 100% and press enter.
  9. Next up is the command Ctrl + J for duplicating the second layer as the BODY (not the FACE).
  10. Face swaps demand similar skin tone, similar color, similar texture and so on. Hold Ctrl and click on the second layer to make a selection around the face and then click IMAGE from menu bar, followed by ADJUSTMENTS, MATCH COLORS, SOURCE ( in this case the second layer picture on the layers’ thumbnail), then Background as LAYER option. Use Ctrl D to deselect.
  11. There you go! Now use the transparency option followed by Filter and Blur to further enhance the liveliness of your photograph.
  12. Unlock the transparency pixels. Click on the thumbnails for selection of FACE and then select the duplicated BODY and then go to SELECT from menu bar, followed by MODIFY, CONTRACT and then select 5 or 10 pixels according to suitability on the contract selection and press ok.
  13. The click the body layer to remove the face from the duplicated BODY using backspace. Put the FACE layer on top of the BODY layer and increase opacity to 100%
  14. Now choose EDIT, then AUTO-BLEND LAYERS which gives a panel for choosing the Blend Method. Choose PANORAMA, tick ‘Seamless tones and colors’ and click OK.

  • 1 Notice every tool as keyboard shortcuts written beside them
  • 2 Cut out face must be larger than the background layer photo in order to enable and enhance better editing possibilities. This helps to avoid distortions and pixelation problems
  • 3 Quick trick: For quick changes use the keyboard numbers to adjust (for e.g. 1 =10%, 2=20%, 2 & 5 quickly pressed= 25%, 0 and 0 =0% and so on…)