Jun 26, 2012

Change Facial Expression in Photoshop

Liquify Tool In Photoshop

Change facial expression in Photoshop with the Liquify Tool!

A few days ago we photographed Bettina right outside the studio. To change up her facial expression we’ll use the Liquify Tool to accent certain features.

The best advice I can give when doing something like this is to do it SUBTLY. Using the liquify Tool to only slightly alter the areas of the Face will keep it looking natural.

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Usually my only rule is for the subject to not look straight at the camera. Do you have any tips for getting certain facial expressions from your models?


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    Rubén Chase

    Usually I say to my models that they have to forget about the camera, and focus on the ambient, on the feelings the want to transmit. The camera musn’t be the protagonist of the scene. Nor the camera, nor the model, nor the lightning… The protagonist must be the feeling, the final image.

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        Rubén Chase

         Hahahaha, I know, I know… but seriously, I hate those images simply standing there, looking to the camera and with an expression like “Is the photo ready yet?”

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    Brandon Johnson

    There’s a lot to be said from the first question in your episode. I think coaching a model deserves an episode of it’s own. Search Google and you’ll have a hard time with coming up with anything on how to coach a model. You hit the nail on the head.

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    I had a hard time photographing girls that aren’t professional models, and the reason is because they don’t know how to look real, and simulate real expressions. So the worst thing we can do is try to pose them. I think one of the best skills a photographer can have is to make his subject relaxed to the point it looks like he was doing something real.

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    Maria Bryzhko

    i usually invent them a short story at the moment, so that they can understand the mood, for example: imagine your man waiting for you with flowers somwhere and you’re making him wait purposely, loosing your time here with me while i’m making photos.
    or: imagine that today you’re having the worst hangover ever, your’re tired, you feel like shit, but remember , the night before was legendary! a bit more headache please!
    oh god, sounds a bit weird

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    Priscilla Lumbreras Fernández

    I can’t login with facebook…

    You are a genius man!

    I just do a quickly test this in a photo that I toke a few days ago and I really like
    the result. Thanks for the tutorial, I will use it a lot…

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    Tom Simone

    Great brows 🙂

    If I’m photographing a couple, I put them in the spot where I like the background and lighting.

    I then get them to interact with each other, then pick off the photos when the expressions look good.

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    Aaron is sexy! 🙂 I’ve always wanted to say that, and now I felt like saying it. So I said it!

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    I make my models laugh. That tends to relax them a whole bunch and then they feel more like experimenting with expressions.

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    Shane Shine Rutledge

    Thank you for the tutorial!  I really appreciate the breakdown!  I was tweaking the mouth and forehead creases but hadn’t thought about pulling down the cheeks and pulling up the brows.  I also really appreciate you explaining the density and the keyboard shortcuts.  Thank you so much!  I have a degree in photography from Portland State I learned more from this video than any Photoshop class I have taken at the University 🙂

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    Bill H

    To break the ice and get someone loosened up, I like to take a series of quick shots asking them to show me how they feel when they think about…then I give a list of different people: their mom, their boyfriend, their sister, their boss, the president, etc. etc. If nothing else, it usually makes for a fun series of shots. They like to look back at the photos and identify which looks went with which person. It’s fun.