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Face Swap: Craze and Popularity

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Smartphones are not only limited to making phone calls, listening to songs, clicking pictures, and using the internet. Birth of social media also gave rise to experimentations and crazy new trends. Editing your picture or somebody else’s picture in a funny manner is the new cool. Multiple editing applications are available on play store and Appstore for your disposal. You can edit your face and body however you like. Add fake hair, slim body parts, thinner face, etc everything is possible now.

In 2016, a new trend got extremely viral, the trend of face swapping. There are numerous applications through which you can edit the picture or even make a video. But the question is what is face swapping? Let’s understand:

What is Face Swapping?

Face swap can be defined as the digital activity of swapping or exchanging faces with another person. It can be done through an app. For instance, if there are two people in a frame, a boy and a girl, their faces will be interchanged and rest everything will remain the same.

Why it is so popular?

Face Swapping activity is so popular among the young generation because of its cool features and funny results. People sometimes edit celebrity photos and post them online. To be clear, it’s excessive usage is only due to social media culture. This feature achieved excessive popularity in 2016 for the first time, and from then on everyone started doing it.

In 2016 Snapchat released a face swap filter to its over 150 million daily users, significantly boosting the trend. If you understand it a bit deeper, since the generalization of selfies, weird photo filters have become more and more famous.

Many faces swapped applications will switch faces of dog and the owner, or sometimes a baby and the father, giving some hilarious results.

Face Swapping apps:

1. Microsoft Face Swap

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The first app in the list is from the Microsoft garage. This application helps you to edit a funny picture of you and your friend. The face-swapping is done on point. The application is easy to install and use.

2. Snapchat

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Snapchat is extremely popular among users. It is the one app that does not go out of fashion at all due to it’s updated features and photo filters all the time. Face Swapping was initially restarted by Snapchat and the trend has been going on since.

3. MSQRD

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MSQRD (i.e. Masquerade) made headlines this month when it was acquired by Facebook less than three months after launching. The app functions on Android and iOS version devices for now. It basically works for recording video selfies. Short clips with the face swap filter. It’s easy, convenient, attractive and quickly shares your pictures on Facebook and Instagram.

4. Face Swap Live

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Face swap lives may not be as popular as other applications, but it did make the headlines multiple times. Sadly, this application only works on iOS devices and not on Android. Face Swap Live also works well with photos, including pictures of celebrities pulled from the web. Celebrity involvement is fuelling the buzz of this app.

Hence, all in all, the introduction of this filter was a huge success and took the world by storm. Although new filters come and go every month some are just so entertaining they never leave the trend, like this one.

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