How to Place Sunglasses on a Person’s Face Using Photoshop

When I used to look at websites that place sunglasses or eyeglasses on a person’s face and then let you click on another style to see how that other style looks on the model, I used to always wonder how they do it? So I figured I’d try it in Photoshop.

So now that I figured it out, I figured I’d show others how to do it as well. Of course, since I like to pay close attention to details, I actually show you how to do it so that it actually all looks real.

In the video, I show you how to:

  • Position the glasses properly on the model’s face.
  • Erase parts of the glasses.
  • Paint over the lenses so that you cannot see parts of the glasses through them. 
  • Make the lenses look see through.
  • Change the color of the lenses.

While I perform all these cool tricks in Photoshop CC, the tutorial will work with older versions of Photoshop and likely future releases.

I use the following Photoshop tools for the job:

  • Eraser tool.
  • Mixer brush tool.
  • Crop tool.
  • Rectangular marquee tool.

As for the sunglasses, I removed the background using the magic wand tool because the background was easy to remove due to the background being white and glasses being black. If you are working with a slightly more complex image, you’d want to watch the following videos prior to watching this one:

You can watch the video tutorial in its entirety below:

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In the event that you want to try this while following the video, here’s the picture of the sunglasses that I used and the image of the model is beneath it — click to enlarge the images.


Here are the before and after pictures.



Before adding the sunglasses

After with original lens color:

After with original lens color

After with lens color changed:

After with lens color changed