How to Make a Fake Picture With Famous People to Impress Your Friends and Family


This wikiHow teaches you how to insert a photo of yourself into a photo of a famous person. You can use either free software (GIMP) or paid software (Photoshop) on both Windows and Mac computers to do this.

Part 1
Preparing to Create Your Photo

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You'll need an image into which you can insert your own picture, so find and download a picture of the person with whom you want to make a photo. Ideally, you'll find a photo that leaves plenty of room for you to insert your own photo. Try to find an obscure, lesser-known photo of the famous person, as using a common photo will make it easier for people to identify the photo as fake. Using a photo in which the person is on level ground with natural lighting will help make your final result more convincing.

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Once you've found your celebrity photo, you'll need to find a decent photo of yourself to use. You can also take a photo of yourself if you'd prefer not to use an existing photo. Take into account the conditions of the celebrity's photo when finding a picture of yourself. For example, if it's raining in the celebrity's photo, you probably shouldn't use an image of yourself in sunbathing attire. You'll want to make sure the photo of yourself comes close to matching the overall lighting conditions and resolution of the celebrity's photo. Nothing can flag your photo as fake faster than using a high-quality photo of the celebrity and a low-quality video of yourself.

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For simplicity's sake, make sure that both photos are in the same location on your computer (e.g., the desktop).

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If you're planning on using GIMP to edit your photos, you'll need to download and install it on your computer if you don't already have it: Windows — Go to , click Download GIMP directly, double-click the downloaded setup file, and follow the on-screen instructions. Mac — Go to in your computer's web browser, click the gimp-2.8.10-dmg-1.dmg link, double-click the DMG file, click and drag the GIMP logo onto the "Applications" folder, and follow any additional instructions. On a Mac, you may need to verify the installation before you can install GIMP. If you're using Photoshop, skip this step.

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People will most likely have questions about the picture, so come up with an amusing anecdote or believable story about how the photo came into existence ahead of time.

Part 2
Using GIMP

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You'll need to know the dimensions of your famous person's photo so that you can create a properly sized canvas later: Windows — Right-click the celebrity photo, click Properties in the drop-down menu, click the Details tab, and look at the size (number x number) to the right of the "Dimensions" heading. Mac — Click the celebrity photo, click File, click Get Info, and look at the size (number x number) in the "More Info" section (you may first have to click More Info).

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This process will vary depending on the computer you're using: Windows — Click Start , type in gimp, and click GIMP at the top of the menu. Mac — Click Spotlight , type in gimp, double-click GIMP, and click Open if prompted.

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Before you can insert your photo into the celebrity's photo, you'll need to crop yourself out of your photo's background. Do the following to open the photo: Click File Click Open... Select the photo of yourself. Click Open

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The alpha channel will allow you to crop out your image without adding white space to the background: Click the Layer tab. Select Transparency Click Add Alpha Channel

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You'll use the Free Select tool to do this: Click Tools Select Selection Tools Click Free Select Click and drag around the outline of yourself.

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Once you've outlined yourself, do the following: Press M to select your outline. Press Ctrl+i (Windows) or ⌘ Command+i (Mac) to invert the selection. Press Del or Ctrl+X (⌘ Command+X on Mac) to delete the background.

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The easiest way to fix problems like jagged edges is by using the "Blur" tool: Click Tools Select Paint Tools Click Blur / Sharpen Click and drag across jagged edges. Hold down Ctrl or ⌘ Command while dragging to sharpen blurry textures.

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This will allow you to reintroduce it as a cropped image later: Click File Click Save As... Enter a file name, then select the folder in which you saved your famous person's photo. Click Save

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Click the X in the top-right corner of the window. If you're on a Mac, you'll click the red circle in the upper-left corner of the window.

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This is where you'll need the dimensions you found earlier: Click File Click New... Enter your celebrity photo's dimensions in the "Width" and "Height" text fields. Click OK

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Once you've created the canvas, you can add both the celebrity photo and the cropped photo as layers: Click File Click Open as Layers... Click your celebrity photo, then hold down Ctrl (Windows) or ⌘ Command+Mac while clicking the GIMP file you created. Click Open

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If the celebrity photo opened on top of your cropped image or if you're unable to edit the cropped image, do the following: Press Ctrl+L or ⌘ Command+L. Click and drag your GIMP file to the top of the window. Click your GIMP file.

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In most cases, you'll need to change the cropped image's size to fit the scale of the celebrity's photo: Click Tools Click Transform Tools Click Scale Click your image, then click and drag to resize it. Click Scale

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Press M to bring up the movement tool, then click and drag your image to reposition it as needed. For example, you might move your image to place it in a standing position on a sidewalk, or move your image closer to the celebrity's image.

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Once you're satisfied with your image's appearance, you'll need to merge both layers into one file: Click Image Click Flatten Image

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This will allow you to save your project as an individual photo on your computer: Click File Click Export... Enter a file name. Select a save folder. Click Export, then click Export again if prompted.

Part 3
Using Photoshop

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This process will vary depending on the computer you're using: Windows — Click Start , type in photoshop, and click Photoshop at the top of the menu. Mac — Click Spotlight , type in photoshop, and double-click Photoshop at the top of the results.

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You'll need both your celebrity photo and your personal photo in Photoshop as separate files:[1] Click File Click Open... Hold down Ctrl (Windows) or ⌘ Command (Mac) while clicking both your celebrity image and your personal image. Click Open Follow any on-screen prompts.

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It should be at the top of Photoshop. Doing so will bring up your photo in the main Photoshop window.

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Click the paintbrush-shaped Quick Selection tool icon in the left-hand toolbar, then click the square New Selection icon in the options bar.[2] If you don't see the Quick Selection tool, click and hold the Magic Wand selection tool (which resembles a wand with a star on it) until Quick Selection appears next to it.

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Click inside of your picture until the whole picture is selected. You may need to zoom in on the picture to select some of the finer details (e.g., pieces of hair).

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Click the Subtract icon, which resembles white and black overlapping squares, then click any parts of the selection which stray outside of the section you want to copy. For example, if Photoshop selected a section of the background behind you, you'd click that part of the selection to remove it and contain the selection to your outline.

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Click Select at the top of the Photoshop window (or, on a Mac, at the top of the screen), then hold down ⇧ Shift while clicking Select and Mask... in the drop-down menu.[3]

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Click and drag the "Refine" brush across any sections of the selection which look jagged or unnatural, then click OK when you're done. You'll notice this most with hair and pieces of clothing.

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Click Edit, then click Copy in the resulting drop-down menu. You can also press Ctrl+C (Windows) or ⌘ Command+C (Mac).

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Click the tab for the photo of the celebrity, then click Edit and click Paste in the resulting drop-down menu. You should see the copied outline appear in the celebrity's photo. You can also press Ctrl+V (Windows) or ⌘ Command+V (Mac) to do this.

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Click Image, click Free Transform in the drop-down menu, and then adjust the following attributes of the image: Position — Click and drag the center of the image to your preferred spot. Size — Click and drag one of the corners of the image inward to shrink it or outward to enlarge it.

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Once you're satisfied with your photo's appearance, you can save it as a cohesive image on your computer: Click File Click Save As... Enter a file name. Select a save location. Select a format (e.g., JPG for a photo). Click Save.