How to Change Faces in Photoshop

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With the wide availability of various versions of Adobe Photoshop, more and more people are using it to edit, restore or alter their photographs. The array of tools in Photoshop allows users to create virtually any effect desired. One interesting use for Photoshop is changing the appearance of faces in photographs. If you have a photograph of yourself or a friend, and you would like to alter the face, the process is relatively straightforward.

  • Load onto your computer the image you want to use. If the image is on a camera, connect it to your computer via the USB cord and use the software that came with your camera to transfer the image to the hard drive. If it is stored on a digital storage medium like a CD or SD card, insert the media into your computer and copy the file to your hard drive. If the image is only in printed format, you will have to scan it.

  • Open Photoshop. Select “File” and click “Open.” In the dialog box that opens, browse to the image you loaded and open it.

  • Select the “Clone Stamp” tool from the toolbar. Hold down the “Alt” key on the keyboard and click near (but not on) a blemish or mole with the mouse. Then hold down the mouse button and paint over the blemish with the tool to remove.

  • Zoom in on the area around the eyes. Select "Filter" and click "Liquefy." In the dialog box that opens select the "Bloat" tool and use it to make the eyes slightly larger. You can adjust the size of the brush and its strength to vary the effect. Don't overdo this, or it will look unrealistic. You can use the same technique on the nose and ears.

  • Use the “Polygonal” selection tool to create a selection around the iris in the eyes. Hold down the “Alt” key and de-select the area around the pupils to remove them from the selection. You do this so the pupil will be unaffected by changes you make to the iris. Select “Hue/Saturation” under “Image” and adjust the setting to change eye color.

  • Select “File” and click “Save As.” In the dialog box, name the file and save it as a high-resolution JPEG.

References

  • Photo Credit Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images
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