How to Do a Face Swap on PC - All Possible Ways Even for Newbies

How to Do a Face Swap on PC?

Switch Faces in Pictures With PhotoWorks!

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5 Best Ways to Swap Faces in Pictures on a PC

Need a good way to merge two photos? Or just want to make a funny joke with your friend’s face? Swap the face and turn him or her into a fabulous celebrity or make your friend a part of a famous meme. But how to insert a face into another picture so it will look seamless? And, what's more important, how to not waste lots of time on it, stitching the selection line pixel by pixel?

You'll be surprised, but we found 5 easy ways to make a face swap for you. Here they are:

Some people prefer the all-mighty but complicated Photoshop, others - less versatile but simpler image editors. Read on to learn more about each way and you will certainly find the one you like. Let's take a closer look!

Way 1: Insert Face Into Another Picture With PhotoWorks

Need a face swapper packed with features but easy to use at the same time? PhotoWorks is a perfect choice then! It has a simple and easy-to-navigate interface, with a fancy background and object replacement feature. Now you can forget about horrible selections that made you sweat and your hands hurt. PhotoWorks allows you to create photo manipulations in just a brush stroke.

Hard to imagine, sounds too good? Well, it's a reality - here are the steps:

Step 1. Choose the Change Background feature

Open a photo with someone’s face. Now go to Tools and choose the background removal option.

Pick the Change Background feature

You can use a photo even with a complicated background

Step 2. Select the Face

Pick the Object brush and highlight the face with the green line. Yes, just put a few strokes and it's done!

Select the face

Mark the face with a couple of strokes

Step 3. Mark the Background

Switch to the Background brush and highlight the area you want to remove with the red color. PhotoWorks will separate the object from the background. Adjust the background opacity to see if there are any selection mistakes and click Next.

Mark the background

Point out the background

With PhotoWorks, you can not only swap faces, but make a photo montage that will amaze all your friends and family. Use the convenient selection brushes to seamlessly glue different pictures together.

Step 4. Swap the Face

Correct these mistakes if necessary. Now place the face on the new background: upload your image and position the main object as you like. Blur the edges to make the creation look more realistic.

Change the background

One click and you have a photo with Jolie

Need some visual guidance? Watch this video showing how simply you can swap face and body with PhotoWorks:


Looks cool? Then download the free trial version to test it out with your photos:

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As you can see, PhotoWorks suggests a different way to swap things, making selections and manipulations really enjoyable. Want to polish your work a bit more? PhotoWorks has other cool features worth checking out. Use smart Auto Correction to build up the lighting, sharpen blurry image, remove skin flaws with Portrait Magic and make a picture look old with one-click effects.

Way 2: Replace a Face in Photoshop

Are you a fan of the all-in-one Photoshop? This photo editor is jam-packed with various features. You can create almost anything: from simple tweaks here and there to deep photo retouch and manipulations, replacing faces included. However, this freedom has a price - a monthly subscription. There are different plans, but still, you have to pay some money. What’s more, Photoshop has a very steep, better to say, even “rocky” learning curve. New users can easily drown in different modes, layers and filters.

So, if you are ready to face these minor inconveniences, then let’s see how to put your face on a different body with Photoshop:

Step 1. Add Face to a Photo

Open a picture with the face. Go to Select > All, then press CTRL + C on your keyboard to copy the selected picture. Open your background image and press CTRL + V to paste the pic there.

Copy and paste your picture

Copy and paste your picture over the background

Step 2. Erase the Unnecessary Parts

Here, we decided to swap children's faces from one picture to the other so they look directly into the camera. Select the freshly pasted layer and drag and drop it to position the face. Pick the Eraser tool and remove everything except the face. You can adjust the eraser size to make the process more convenient.

Remove everything extra

Erase everything except the face

Step 3. Fix Minor Flaws

Use Healing Brush to mask some flaws and make the face swap look natural. Just select the brush and paint over the problem areas.

Use Healing Brush

Get rid of minor imperfections like hairs with the Healing Brush

Need a more detailed instruction? We suggest checking out DPS how-to for replacing a face in Photoshop then. The six steps described there will definitely help you out!

Photoshop is one of the most popular image editors. Still, working in it requires some skills. Layers, tools, key combinations… Not a real time saver, you know. So if you need to put your face on another body in a few minutes, it’s better to look for a different way.

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Way 3: Use GIMP to Switch Faces

GIMP is like Photoshop's younger brother. It has all the necessary tools, including layers, masks and layer modes. Practically everything you can do in Photoshop, you can do in GIMP. Its biggest advantage, though, is that this program is free for use. However, you may find the interface a bit all over the place, even in comparison with Photoshop. Without a proper guide, new users may be overwhelmed with many icons, buttons and windows.

Don’t get discouraged - let’s see how you can edit photos with GIMP:

Step 1. Select the Paths Tool

Open both photos. Select the one with the head you want to copy. Now choose the Paths tool.

Pick the Paths tool

We will use the Paths tool for making a selection

Step 2. Trace the Object

Start tracing the face: just left-click to place the first marker. Each click will make a marker, so no need to hold the left mouse button. Then continue clicking until you create a complete loop.

Select the head with the Paths tool

Comtinue placing markers to select the whole head

Step 3. Select and Paste the Face to Your Picture

Now click Selection from Path button at the bottom. GIMP will create a selection based on your tracing. Press CTRL+C on your keyboard to copy it, then open the second picture and press CTRL+V to superimpose the selected image. Position the face on the new image.

Paste the selected image

Place the face on a new background to get a funny meme

Although GIMP suggests the easy way, sitting and clicking around the faces is rather time consuming. If you aren’t fond of complicated interfaces and have little time, it’s better to go for a different face swap app for PC.

Need to replace faces and have only a mobile phone at hand? Try out Face Swap from Microsoft and swapping faces using a mobile will be a child’s play.

Way 4: Put Face In a Picture Online

Don’t want to install additional programs on your computer? Then change the faces using the online method. For example, with Face Swap Online. It’s a website based solution allowing you to make very simple photo manipulations. All you need to do is drop in your photos and follow the GIF instruction placed at the top of the page. Thus using this service is easy and you can access it from any device.

Now, what are the steps for changing faces in Face Swap Online?

Step 1. Upload Your Photos

Click Insert and add your photos one by one. You can drag and drop their edges to resize and fit the face into place.

Add your photos

Add two photos you want to swap

Step 2. Cut Out the Object

Use the Cut tool for cutting out the face and inserting it into the new picture. Transform its edges to fit in the piece better. You can rotate it as well.

Insert the face in the new picture

Cut out and paste the face into the new picture

Step 3. Replace the Face In Your Photo

Decrease opacity, adjust brightness and colors. If you want to cheer up your friends with this creation, add some stickers and captions.

Add stickers

Adjust brightness, contrast and color balance

Face Swap Online is definitely a fast and easy way to do photo editing on the go, from any device: desktop or mobile. Especially with the step-by-step GIF in front of your eyes. However, not everyone will light-heartedly upload their photos online due to privacy problems.

Way 5: Change Face With Auto Face Swap

Need to swap faces while recording video on a webcam? Or just prefer clicking one button over tracing and selecting? Then check out Auto Face Swap from Microsoft. This program allows you to change face in photo with another face or from a live webcam. What’s more, it lets you morph faces from photos in a click. It sounds like an advanced software but in fact it’s pretty simple to use and has a minimalistic interface.

Decided to give Auto Face Swap a try? Here are the steps:

Step 1. Add Your Photos

Click Load and select two pictures. Since the software swaps faces automatically, it’s better to use images with people looking straight at the camera.

Add your photos

Pick several photos

Step 2. Choose Swapping Mode

Pick Copy or Swap, depending on what you need: morphing or replacing. Since we need a complete replacement, we go with the Swap option.

Insert the face in the new picture

Select the swap mode

Step 3. Switch Faces in Pictures

Drag and drop the face on to the other picture. The program will recognize the facial features, putting the new face over.

Add stickers

The automatic swap is fast but sometimes looks funny

Using Auto Face Swap is pretty easy, even for a complete newbie. You don’t need to make any manual selections, just drop in your photos and click a button. However, not every photo will be suitable for the automatic algorithms, and you won’t be able to tweak the result.


We suggested 5 different ways for different devices - go ahead and pick the one you like. Want a portable image maker? Stick with Face Swap Online and its web-based design then. Don’t want to put much effort? Try Auto Face Swap from Microsoft. Need to edit your photos and use other features besides face swapping? Then check out PhotoWorks - the all-in-one photo editor. No matter what choice you make, you will switch faces in no time!

About the author: Derek Smith, Visual artist

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