How to Change Facial Expressions With Photoshop

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How to Change Facial Expressions With Photoshop
The liquefy tool can help you enhance the smiles of your portrait subjects. (Goodshoot RF/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

For a creative twist to your portrait photo, you can use Photoshop to modify people's facial expressions. Perhaps you want your model to wear a smile. The Liquify tool enables users to change the curvature, size, orientation and shape of objects in your photograph. It also allows you to "freeze" areas that you want to protect from changes. Whether you desire subtle or drastic changes, Photoshop's Liquify command is a powerful tool for facial feature modification.

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  1. 1

    Select "File," and then "Open" to import your image.

  2. 2

    Select "Layer," and then "Duplicate Layer" to create a copy of your background image. By making your edits on a separate layer, you can easily remove or modify them later.

  3. 3

    Choose "Filter," and then "Liquify" to open the Liquify workspace.

  4. 4

    Select the "Freeze Mask" and paint over any portion of your image that you wish to protect from any changes caused by the Liquify tool. For example, paint over the background of your photo and the subject's torso to avoid any unintended distortion.

  5. 5

    Select the "Warp Tool" from the Tools Palette. Change the brush size to suit your photo. Select the area around your subject's smile, or any other facial feature, and drag it in the direction of desired modification.

  6. 6

    Change facial expressions using other Liquify tools. Use the "Plucker Tool" to tighten areas of your photograph and make them appear smaller. Use the "Bloat Tool" to widen areas of your photograph and make them appear robust.

  7. 7

    Select "File," and then "Save" to save your image.

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