Adding a smile to a model’s face works wonders for a product photo. If you think it is difficult process, the good news is that it can be done using Photoshop. Photoshop’s Liquify Filter is a tool that will give you enough confidence to make a model smile. In this blog, we will describe how to add a smile to a model.

Duplicate the layer of your image

Duplicating the layer of your image featuring the model is the first step. This has to be done because adjusting the image will be destructive.

Open the Liquify Filter

From the dropdown menu at the top of the application window, select the option of Liquify from Filter. If you are using a Mac you can type SHIFT+COMMAND+X, or you can simply type SHIFT+CTRL+X.

Adjust the smile

When you have a clear view of the face, click on the Face Tool. You will notice that small lines appear around the model’s face when you hover the cursor over the cheeks, mouth, eyes and other facial features. These can be used to adjust the individual features of the face. You will also see menus for individual features on the right-hand of the window. The upward curve of the lips can be adjusted to create a smile using Photoshop.

Create a smile

In order to edit the smile in Photoshop, grab the curved line around the edge of the smile and drag upward or increase the smile filter using the toggle on the right-hand side of the window. You would probably figure out yourself that you need to pull the edges of the mouth down instead of up to make someone frown in Photoshop.

  • Widen the smile

Widening the mouth is necessary to make it give the semblance of a smile. You can widen the mouth by dragging the double-headed arrows that appear when you hover your cursor over the model’s mouth. This can also be done by increasing the Mouth Width toggle on the right-hand side.

  • Change lip height

The height of the upper and lower lip can also be adjusted if necessary. Again, this can be done using the cursor, or you can use the toggles on the right. Moving the toggle to the right pulls the lip up, and moving it to the left pulls the lip down.

  • Adjust the insides of the lip edges

Pulling on sections of the lips will adjust the entire smile. You can grab your Forward Warp Tool on the left-hand menu. The size of the brush should be adjusted so that its diameter is about 50 % wider than the width of the model’s lips. Using the Forward Warp Tool, you can pull up the inside edges of the upper lip just enough to make it look like the entire upper lip is smiling.

Adjust other features

With the Face Tool, you can mimic the way the jaw moves up when we smile. While there is no toggle for cheeks, you can do it manually.