How to Edit Pictures to Make it Look Like You Have a Piercing

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If you'd like to see what you would look like with a new piercing or if you just want to freak out your parents, use an image-editing program to add a stud or other piercing to your own photo. You can do this with Microsoft Paint, which is already on your computer, provided you select the right photos. For better results, use an advanced image-editing program like Photoshop, GIMP or Paint.NET. Unlike Microsoft Paint, these programs use layers so you can erase the background around a piercing and then seamlessly place it on your own photo.

Using Microsoft Paint

  • Find an image online of a piercing you like. Studs are the easiest to fabricate with Paint, but you can choose any piercing you like. Look for someone with the piercing who has the same skin tone as you do and is turned at the same angle as a photo of yourself. Right-click the photo and select "Save Image."

  • Open Microsoft Paint and press "Ctrl-V" on the keyboard to paste the model with the piercing into Paint. Zoom in to the piercing using the Zoom slider and drag the image as needed until the piercing is as large as possible while completely visible in the window.

  • Click the "Free Select Tool" and drag it around the piercing, showing as little skin around it as possible. Press "Ctrl-C" to copy the piercing.

  • Click the "File" menu, select "Open" and then find a picture of yourself that matches the photo you found online. Paint prompts you to save the current photo before opening the new one. Click "Don't Save." You don't need that image anymore.

  • Zoom in to the area of the photo where you want the piercing to appear. Press "Ctrl-V" on the keyboard to paste the piercing onto your photo. Note that there is a rectangle around the piercing.

  • Drag the piercing so it's exactly where you want it to appear. Drag the corners of the rectangle around the piercing to resize it.

  • Zoom out to see the entire photo before saving it. After you save the photo, you won't be able to make changes to the piercing. Press "Ctrl-S" on the keyboard and give the photo a new name so you don't write over the original.

Using Advanced Image-Editing Software

  • Find an image online of a piercing you like. Drag the image onto your desktop from the Web browser.

  • Open the image using a program such as GIMP, Photoshop or Paint.NET.

  • Click the "Lasso" or "Free Selection Tool" in the Toolbox. The name varies with each program, but it looks like a lasso.

  • Drag the tool around the piercing. Press "Ctrl-C" on the keyboard to copy it.

  • Open a photo of yourself using the same advanced image editor. Press "Ctrl-V" on the keyboard to paste the piercing onto your image. Note that this is a new layer so you can edit the piercing without affecting the photo of you.

  • Drag the corners of the rectangle surrounding the piercing to resize it. Depending on your program, holding down the "Shift" or "Ctrl" key while you do this constrains the proportions as you resize it.

  • Zoom in to the piercing. Select the "Eraser" tool in the toolbox and erase all the skin around the piercing so only the metal remains.

  • Click the arrow-shaped "Move" tool and drag the piercing into position.

  • Save the new photo by pressing "Ctrl-S" on the keyboard and selecting "JPG" as the image format.

Tips & Warnings

  • GIMP and Paint.NET are both free. Adobe Photoshop is available as a free trial.

References

  • Photo Credit Desarae Lee/iStock/Getty Images
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