How to Put Someone Else's Face on My Picture

By Sondra Hubbard

Family photos don't always turn out perfect. If you have a lot of people in the picture, there is almost always at least one person not smiling or making a funny face. There may also be someone missing, who could not make the photo shoot. Digital photography makes it possible to fix this at home. Once you choose a photo-editing software program to use, manipulating your photo to add a missing person or swap out a funny face can be done with ease.

Things You'll Need

  • Photo-editing software

GIMP

Step 1

Download and install GIMP (please see the Resources section). Open the free program when installation is complete.

Step 2

Click the "File" button, which is at the top of the screen. Choose "Open" from the drop-down menu. Select the photo that has the face you want to use and click "Open." The picture will be imported to the program.

Step 3

Click on the "Paths" tool, which is in the second row of the Toolbox menu. Trace around the face in the picture. Click "Select" at the top of the screen and navigate to "From Path." Select "Edit" from the top of the screen and choose "Cut."

Step 4

Repeat step 2 to open the photo you want to move the cutout face to. Click "Edit" at the top of the screen and navigate down to "Paste." Use the "Move" tool from the Toolbox menu to line up the cut face in the new photo.

Paint.NET

Step 1

Download and install Paint.NET. Open the program when installation is complete.

Step 2

Click the "File" button at the top of the screen. Choose "Open" from the drop-down menu. Navigate to the photo you want to cut someone's face out of. Click the "Open" button at the bottom of the screen. The photo will be imported into the program.

Step 3

Click the "Paintbrush" button from the Tools menu. Trace around the face you want to cut out. Select the "Magic Wand" tool from the Tools menu and click inside the lines on the outlined face. Choose the "Edit" button at the top of the screen and select "Cut" from the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Repeat step 2 to open the photo you want to paste the cut face into. Click "Edit" at the top of the screen and choose "Paste" from the drop-down menu. Point the arrow on the screen to the pasted face with your mouse. Hold the left mouse key down and move the face to the desired location.

FaceSwapper

Step 1

Download and install FaceSwapper. Open the free program when installation is complete.

Step 2

Click the box "Click here to load background." Navigate to the photo you want to move a face to and select "Open." The photo will be imported into the program. Click the "Next" button.

Step 3

Repeat step 2 to open the photo that has the face you want to move. Select the "Next" button. The face is imported into the first photo you chose.

Step 4

Click on the face with your mouse and hold down the left mouse button. Move the face to the desired location and let go of the mouse button.

Tips & Warnings

  • After cutting and pasting the face that you move, you can use other tools included in the photo-editing program to adjust the size and smooth out the edges.