Add a smile in Photoshop

In this lesson, we will learn how to retouch a photo to create a subtle, realistic smile by applying a new addition to the filter.Plastics“(Face-Aware Liquify), which appeared in the version of the program 2015.5.

The Face Aware Liquify toolkit allows you to quickly and easily change the expression on your face, turn a gloomy person into a smiling person or show more complex emotions. However, if you overdo it, you can get an unnatural result (rather, even caricature), you should know that adding a smile is not just lifting the corners of your lips upwards, of course, if you don’t want your object to look like Joker Heath Ledger from Batman, a smiling maniac with cold eyes.

To avoid this, you need to change a number of other facial features.

In this tutorial, Tigz Rice photographer shows how to use Face Aware Liquify in Photoshop to get natural results.

Tigz says that the key to getting realistic results is to make minor adjustments slowly, in small steps, while maintaining the original, and comparing your changes with it to make sure that you do not overdo it.

Step 1

First, open the selected image and go to Filter (Filter)> Plastics (Liquify) to open the filter dialog Liquify.

We will try to make the face of the guy in this photo a little happier.

Translator’s Note: It will be better if you create a copy of the background layer, with which we will work, conducting experiments to change the face, and comparing the result with the original: Layer (Layer) – Duplicate layer (Duplicate Layer)

You will need to make sure that the tool Face The (Face Tool) is turned on, and Photoshop automatically analyzes each face image and marks it with markers similar to brackets.

The first thing you’ll notice is that if you hover your mouse over facial features

inside this area, depending on which part of the face it is located, there will appear editing areas for the actual oval of the face, eyes, nose and lips. Transformation markers are represented as diamonds and points.

We will look at each one individually in the following steps.

Step 2

Let’s start with the markers that surrounds the face. Moving the upper and lower points of the trajectory will lengthen / shorten the forehead and chin. Here the author decided to drag his forehead slightly upwards, while keeping his chin intact.

Tip: If you work on the image of a man with a beard, extending the chin, be careful, you can also increase the thickness of the hair, which will look unnatural.

Translator’s Note: When you stop the cursor over the marker, a hint pops up about what exactly changes the marker, for example, Face width (Face Width). The lower control block on the right of the Filter panel allows you to change Face shape (Face Shape). Forehead height (Forehead) Chin size (Chin Height), Cheek size (Jawline), Face width (Face Width)

Points on the cheekbones and jaws allow you to change the bone structure of the face. A smile is often accompanied by an expansion of the face in the chin area (such an extension can be used to make the face more manly).

By adjusting the line of the jaw and the width of the face with markers, you can make the face more thin.

Here the author narrowed his face while increasing the values Chin size (Chin Height) and decreasing values Face width (Face Width).

Step 3

Now let’s take a look at the eyes, which have four new points and a dotted line each. First, try clicking and dragging on the eye to move it. You will notice that Photoshop protects the look of the eye while it moves.

In this screenshot, the author has created an example of how far eyes can be moved. Then he presses Cmd / Ctrl + Z , to cancel the step and restore the position of the eyes.

The large square marker controls the overall size of the eyes proportionally, while the three smaller dots give you full control over the eye in height and width.

The author used a square marker to reduce the size of the eyes, which were enlarged with glasses, to a more realistic size.

Moving up and down the dotted line that runs next to the eyes also allows you to change the tilt of the eyes. However, in our work, this step is not needed.

Tip: Along with additional settings for the eyes in the form of markers, you can find sliders for all these controls in the menu on the right side of the screen.

Translator’s Note: tool control box Eye (Eyes) contains the following parameters: Eye size (Eye Size), Eye Height (Eye Height), Eye width (Eye Width), Eye tilt (Eye Tilt), “interocular space»Eye Distance. Moving the sliders to the right, the parameter will increase, to the left – decrease.

Step 4

Next, let’s look at the nose, which has three marker points below it. By moving the markers, you can change the shape of the nose.

Two external control points change the width of the nose, while the middle of the controls is the point that changes the height of the nose. Here, the author has slightly reduced the width of the nose, for purely aesthetic reasons. Again, these parameters can be adjusted using the sliders in the property bar.

The author did not edit the height of the nose.

Translator’s Note: tool control box Nose (Nose) contains the following parameters: Height (Nose Heigth) and Width Nose (Nose Width).

Step 5

Finally, let’s look at the mouth. Two points on both sides of the mouth allow you to control the width, which allows you to expand or narrow the width of the mouth if necessary.

Each lip also has its own height adjuster, which allows you to balance the thickness of the lips, or to increase only one of them. These parameters can also be adjusted by the sliders located on the right side of the control panel.

As for the curves of the dotted lines on both sides of the mouth, it can be used to add a hint of a smile (or vice versa dejection) to the face in the photo. Just drag up and down as necessary – but do not overdo it.

Translator’s Note: tool control box Mouth (Mouth) – smile editing, raising or lowering the corners of the mouth Smile (Smile). Change of size Top (Upper) Lower (Lower) lips, Width(Width) and Mouth height (Heigth).

At this stage, we tried all tool settings. Face (Face Tool). After you are satisfied with the results you obtained, click the OK button in the lower right corner to return to the main Photoshop interface.

And so, the whole process as a GIF.

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