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Transforming a Frown into a Smile

This is a pretty slick technique for taking a photo where the subject was frowning and tweaking it just a bit to add a pleasant smile in its place—which can often save a photo that otherwise would’ve been ignored.

Step One.
Open the photo that you want to retouch.

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Step Two.
Go under the Filter menu and choose Liquify. When the Liquify dialog appears, choose the Zoom tool (it looks like a magnifying glass) from the Liquify Toolbar (found along the left edge of the dialog). Click it once or twice within the preview window to zoom in closer on your subject’s face. Then, choose the Warp tool (it’s the top tool in Liquify’s Toolbar, as shown here).

Step Three.
Press the Left/Right Bracket keys on your keyboard to adjust the brush size until it’s about the size of the person’s cheek. Place the brush near the corner of the mouth (as shown here), click and “tug” slightly up. This tugging of the cheek makes the corner of the mouth turn up, creating a smile.

Step Four.
Repeat the “tug” on the opposite side of the mouth, using the already tugged side as a visual guide as to how far to tug. Be careful not to tug too far, or you’ll turn your subject into the Joker from Batman Returns. Click OK in Liquify to apply the change, and the retouch is applied to your photo (as shown).

Before.

After.


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