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How to do a Head Swap in Photoshop

Have you ever had a session where not everyone was smiling or looking at your camera at the same time? If you’ve ever photographed families or children, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to do a head swap in Photoshop. With this technique, you can start with an image where one of your subjects might not be giving you their best expression and then merge it with another photo where they are. That way, you can still deliver a great smiling photo to your clients.

(In this tutorial, I’m using Photoshop Creative Cloud.)

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