How do I Morph Two Pictures Together?

Mary Elizabeth

The ability to morph two pictures together is facilitated by software that recognizes the similar features, usually in two photographs that show only the subject’s face. The various facial features are detected, and their edges are found. The two photographs are resized to be equivalent, and the shapes of the features are converted into geometric shapes and then averaged, with the size adjusted. The colors of each element are also averaged, and a new face appears.

Woman doing a handstand with a computer
Woman doing a handstand with a computer

There are a variety of ways to combine two pictures: one can make one a transparent GIF and superimpose it on the second; one can cut out an element of one and superimpose it on the second; or one could put them in separate layers of the same file and alter the transparency so that elements of both are in view. Morphing two pictures together is distinctive because it combines the features of the two pictures to create a new picture in which every element is a blend of the originals.

Morphing is most often done with photographs of faces. Unlike other ways of combining two pictures, when photos morph, each facial feature — eyes, nose, mouth, hair, chin, cheeks, brow, etc. — is a blended meshing of the two original photographs. It is also possible to have an animated image of two pictures. In this case, viewers see the transition of the two faces into the blended face taking place.

People like to morph celebrity photographs. There is also interest in seeing how their own photograph or the photograph of a friend would be combined with a celebrity face. Another popular option is to see what the child of a couple might look like, which involves doing a morph and an age alteration as well.

There are many programs and applications available to morph two pictures together. Many programs are shareware or freeware. People can also find specific licensed applications to do morphing. Another approach is to use a multi-faceted design software that has many capabilities of which morphing is one.

Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth is passionate about reading, writing, and research, and has a penchant for correcting misinformation on the Internet. In addition to contributing articles to EasyTechJunkie about art, literature, and music, Mary Elizabeth is a teacher, composer, and author. She has a B.A. from the University of Chicago’s writing program and an M.A. from the University of Vermont, and she has written books, study guides, and teacher materials on language and literature, as well as music composition content for Sibelius Software.

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anon231196

Can you recommend a few of these websites that can produce baby pictures from a couple?

Perforations

Combining elements of multiple pictures is a simple operation in Photoshop. Simply use the Outline tool to define the edges of the section you want to super impose on the other picture. Next, use the Cut function to remove the desired section and Import it to the other picture and arrange and position it as you like. On pretty much any program, combining two pictures will work the same way, though Photoshop’s “layered” system allows for more customization and is a little more intuitive than most other digital photography editing interfaces.

GenevaMech

There are also websites and software programs that allow the user to morph two pictures to make a baby picture. Couples curious about what their baby might look like can use this software to get a peek at a potential newborn. Those that dream of getting with a celebrity can also merge a celebrity's photo with their own to create a what-if child (although this might be considered as some as a little obsessive).

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