Celebrities Faces Mashed Up Into Single Portrait With Photoshop Wizardry

Jan 25, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Celebrities Faces Mashed Up Into Single Portrait With Photoshop Wizardry

Jan 25, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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gesichtermix_21Have a good look at the portraits above. Do they look familiar, but maybe not quite on the spot? Or do they actually look twice as familiar? Probably both.

The reason is that those portraits are not a simple representation of Hollywood stars (that would take care of the familiar part), but a mesh-up of two different stars (and that takes care of the a-bit-off part).  Photoshop master gesichtermix mashes up faces of celebrities using Photoshop and it is really hard to take your eye off the resulting portraits.

At first look, you probably see one of the two personalities who make up the portrait but something just done not add up. A deeper, longer look will reveal traces of another person. My favorite is the De Niro/Spacey mesh up – it definitely calls for a remake of face/off.

Anthony Hopkins and Bill Murray
Anthony Hopkins and Bill Murray

Gesichtermix tells DIYP that the process of selecting the celebrities (and their specific photos) to take part is part of the challenge:

Sometimes I chose people who are somehow connected to each other (for example same profession), but that only works if I have enough images to choose from. Very often I just have to look at the images available and to see which images are matching quite well. Both people need to look into the same direction for example and teeth should be either visible on both or none of the two photos. The expression should also be similar.

Jack Black and Jason Bateman
Jack Black and Jason Bateman

We asked about the technical process Gesichtermix was kind enough to share:

The process is quite simple. First I do a rough overlapping of those the two faces with Photoshop. Then I try to equal the skin colours as much as possible (also with Photoshop) and save the results as Bitmaps. Then I use morphing software, which produces three different images. One image that uses 50% of each image and the two other images are created by “warping” one of the images into the average image. Then I import those three images into Photoshop as layers and use layer masks to decide which images shines through where. For example I can only take the hair from of those two people. The end is some simple retouching that you would do on every “normal” photo

JAY Z and Idris Elba
JAY Z and Idris Elba
Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber
Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber
Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher
Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher
Jennifer Lawrence and Claire Danes
Jennifer Lawrence and Claire Danes
Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry
Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry
Robert de Niro and Kevin Spacey
Robert de Niro and Kevin Spacey
Rihanna and Katy Perry
Rihanna and Katy Perry
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone
Shaquille O'Neal and 50 Cent
Shaquille O’Neal and 50 Cent
Christoph Waltz and Benedict Cumberbatch
Christoph Waltz and Benedict Cumberbatch
Ben Affleck and Daniel Day-Lewis
Ben Affleck and Daniel Day-Lewis
Robin Williams and Brendan Fraser
Robin Williams and Brendan Fraser
Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen
Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen
Emily Blunt and Christina Ricci
Emily Blunt and Christina Ricci
Pharrell Williams and Channing Tatum
Pharrell Williams and Channing Tatum
Ewan McGregor and Colin Firth
Ewan McGregor and Colin Firth
Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn
Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn
Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson
Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson

[gesichtermix via mymodernmet]

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Udi Tirosh

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5 responses to “Celebrities Faces Mashed Up Into Single Portrait With Photoshop Wizardry”

  1. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    Sensory overload… Too much for my tiny mind to handle on a Monday morning!?

  2. Michal Rosa Avatar
    Michal Rosa

    Woo, original. Never been done before at all

  3. Szendrői Csaba Avatar
    Szendrői Csaba

    but not original. it is the original hungarian version

    https://www.facebook.com/Picit-J%C3%B3k%C3%A9p%C5%B1-818205748273118/

  4. Najib Saer Avatar
    Najib Saer

    The photo above on the left look like a mix of Sean Penn and Leo DiCaprio ?

  5. Shai Yammanee Avatar
    Shai Yammanee

    Who cares if it is original. These images are very well done and were fun to peruse.
    There are so few things original these days. I’d rather see something done well than just new for the sake of it being new.