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How to Use Photoshop to Make a Fake ID or Edit Documents

Adobe Photoshop is the most popular tool used to edit graphics, images and photos. Many graphic designers and professional photographers use Photoshop using such tools as: layers with masks, color spaces, ICC profiles, transparency, text, alpha channels and spot colors, clipping paths, and duotone settings. If you don't have any idea what any of those things are, don't worry. I am going to give you some basic and easy instructions in order to help you complete simple tasks using Photoshop. It is normally quite simple to use Photoshop, the hard part is knowing what tools to use, and how to use them. I had to learn this through trial and error, I am going to give you a head start.





Project 3 : Edit ID Or Documents
There are various reasons why somebody might want to create fake ID, and many of those are illegal. This lesson will show you how to edit an image of your ID card or documents that you may want to alter, however the technique used will not be good enough to create ID for the purpose of fraud or any other such crime (this is a good thing, because I do not want to assist anyone to commit a crime). This may however be good enough to sign up for websites that you are not old enough to use, or provide documents to eBay or Paypal (you might want to check your local laws to make sure you are not breaking any).
Changing the date of birth and photo is actually very simple in most cases, in this case we will use an image of a sample NY State Drivers license. This is not a real license, only a sample.

Step By Step:

Step 1:
With Photoshop open on your computer, go to "file" in the top right corner, then scroll down and click "open", then browse through your computer and select the image you intend to edit or alter.

Step 2: Use the magnification tool on the bottom left of the menu (looks like a magnifying glass) and zoom in on the date of birth.

Step 3: In this case the original date of birth is 06-09-1985, we will simply use the rectangular marquee tool on the top left of the menu (looks like a little square) to copy the "6", simply place a square just covering the area of the 6. click ctrl C, then ctrl V.

Step 4: Now you should have a copy of the number "6". use the move tool on the top of the left menu to slide the "6" over and completely cover the "8", now we have a date of birth in the year 1965, as apposed to 1985. You can imagine how this might be useful?

Step 5: If you only intended to change the date of birth, then you are finished and you can skip to step 7, however if you want to edit the name or address you can use the same process and continue moving numbers or letters around. You will be limited to the characters you have to work with, but in most cases this will be enough to slightly change name and address. For example, you can change 1043 front st, to 1430 fort st.

Step 6:
If you intend to change a photo of an ID, in some cases you can simply paste a photo of the same size and similar background as I have done in this example. If it is not going to be that simple, you can see my article on face swapping:

Step 7: When your image is complete, I suggest you print it out, then scan it and save it as a scan, this makes it look more authentic and takes away evidence of tampering.

*Interesting Fact* What does Photoshop CS3 stand for?
The original Adobe program was named "Creative Suite"
So CS3 stands for "Creative Suite 3"

This article is intended for the purpose of amusement only, and not for the purposes of fraud or any other illegal activity. Credit card companies and banks are not going to accept any documents altered using these methods, so if that is your intention then please do not bother to try. It is illegal to falsify government issued ID cards or documents, and we strongly advise against this. We hope you can have a little fun editing documents in a legal and safe way that doesn't harm others.






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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Akib on October 28, 2020:

Fake ID edit

Arlene Espinosa on September 24, 2020:

very neat execution...

Keila Purcell on August 08, 2020:

I want to use that name on a fake id

Omopele1 on June 20, 2020:

I wanna learned how to create id cards

Steel james on May 12, 2020:

I wanna learned how to create fake id cards

Milli on January 15, 2020:

Thanks alot 5this helped so much

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Nji Bless on August 12, 2019:

I wan to learn fake doucument

Longfellow Gerber Deeds on January 21, 2019:

Fake id is for longfellow deeds

Zeenie on November 17, 2018:

Can u help me do it now?

Terry on July 25, 2018:

I want to edit name in Passport on July 19, 2018:

..I don't no how to do this on my

mobile pls teach me

Neeraj Sharma on June 08, 2018:

Fake marksheet

Poribas Sarkar on May 21, 2018:


Roland on May 02, 2018:

Which version of photoshop exactly

Colin on March 21, 2018:

Isnt editing this kind of stuff illegal in itself no matter how its done including anything whether date of birth adress name etc. Why is this site even airing this

Zeemam khan on March 01, 2018:

Cool looking

Amos Jacob on April 03, 2017:

please how can i download Photoshop to my pc

Wesley on December 24, 2016:

I love it

human on December 15, 2016:


rinky on November 26, 2016:

Mobile phone me kese chnge hogi fake marksheet

jagjit on November 19, 2016:


awesome on September 16, 2016:

i tried changing the numbers but it says the alyer is blocked,i dont understand why i cant change it

mariana on September 06, 2016:

Author please i don't know how to do this online i know you can help me thanks

nonso on July 24, 2016:


Chris R. on July 07, 2015:

I appreciate any information on scammers, because I really do need a fake due to my medical needs. Using my real name I cannot get medical help, however with a fake I would be treated like a human being. Truth is I have a doctor who is a computer hacker and keeps me from getting treatment from any doctor all she does is run my birthdate and social security number and name and that's it for anywhere that I go. If you get hold of any more information please send them my way because I'm looking for an ID to save my life.

FAKEIDMAN on June 15, 2015:

No way to replicate any state license without expensive equipment. Much more sense to just buy one, if that is what you really want. is an interesting website all about buying ids online. The owner even posts his fakes that he purchased from an online fake id maker to show the great replica work of some sites. Even a page showing famous entertainers fake ids. Seems even movie stars need a good fake to buy a beer.

prakhar on February 09, 2013:

how do i do it in mac?

Rani Nath from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India on May 19, 2012:

lol. nice one (author) from Vancouver / Bangkok on February 18, 2012:

@dBrian .. thank you for commenting, I hope you have fun with it!

dBrian on February 18, 2012:

Photoshop is awesome. Nice tutorial you made it very easy to understand.

Diana Grant from London on October 28, 2011:

Good fun! How about putting a Santa Claus face and details on a driving licence with an appropriate message, and creating your own quirky Christmas cards

Pro Hobo from Mostly Europe on April 24, 2011:

Fantastic easy to follow article!

iburahimu on March 27, 2011:


Good skills don't have to be to break the law, but still useful to know. I love Photoshop and use it widely in most of my graphics need.

Useful.. :D

Emma from Houston TX on March 11, 2011:

Great and funny hub that is well shared. (author) from Vancouver / Bangkok on February 27, 2011:

The holograms are only a problem if you are trying to make a hard copy of a fake governement issued ID. That is totally illegal and certainly not what this article is about. The tutorial shows you how to make an image of a document that is good enough to signup for a website, or just for laughs. We don't want to give people instructions on how to break the law.

gbsquared on February 27, 2011:

Now only all those pesky hallow grams to get past. Haha

dsmythe on February 24, 2011:

Hahahaha how to photoshop drivers license. Funny.

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