Editing for the Perfect Smile in Photoshop

If you can’t get a perfect smile in photos, don’t worry, as you can easily change that with a little bit of effort. Some people were born photogenic. Others weren’t that lucky.

With all the advanced technology around us, it’s possible to edit for the perfect smile using powerful software tools.

One of the best tools that will surely give you the results you’re after is Photoshop. So, let’s see how you can use it to get that perfect smile in every photo.

Portrait of a beautiful young woman with a perfect smile. Isolated on white.

Using Photoshop to Edit for the Perfect Smile

Photoshop is probably the most popular software for image editing. People love it because it’s a powerful tool that provides a wide range of effects that you can apply in photos for consistent results.

With so many useful features at your disposal, you can create high-quality photos very quickly.

Here is how this image-editing software can benefit you:

  • Face-Aware Liquify – if you want to add creative character to make an image more fun or enhance a single detail like your smile, the Face-Aware Liquify Photoshop feature is the right tool to do it. It automatically recognizes key facial features and provides options to adjust them.
  • Organization – Adobe Photoshop allows you to import videos and photos into the software, quickly and easily. This allows for a much better workflow as you can handle all files on the screen according to your needs, using features and editing tools.
  • Time efficiency – the most popular effects like red-eye removal, skin tone adjusting, and teeth whitening are just a click away. If you have the skill to use Photoshop, it takes mere minutes to complete these tasks. This makes the software the most favorite editing tool in graphic and web design, marketing, and advertising.

How to Use Liquify Filter for Editing Smile in Photoshop

The following steps will turn you into a professional that uses Photoshop, just like seasoned professionals do when providing graphic design services.

Converting the Background Layer

  1. To convert the background layer into a smart object, open the upper right corner of the Layer panel.
  2. Choose the Convert to Smart Object option to safely place your image inside a smart object.

Renaming the Smart Object

  1. Once the image is inside a smart object, its name will change from Background to Layer 0. You can name it ‘Smile’.
  2. To rename it, highlight the new name by double-clicking on it. This will allow you to change the name to “Smile” and press Enter when you are done.

Selecting the Liquify filter

  1. To adjust the smile, go to the Filter panel and select Liquify to open the image in a separate dialog box for the Liquify filter.
  2. Use the features to zoom in on the detail you want to enhance.
  3. You will notice a toolbar on the left side of the dialog box. Use the features in the toolbar to position the image in the center of the dialogue box.

Selecting the Face Tool

  1. With the face tool, point to the subject’s mouth with your mouse cursor to get additional options. Each of these options represents a different mouth property that you can adjust the way you see fit.
  2. If you want to adjust the upper lip, click and drag on its icon.
  3. As for the smile adjustments, there are two “Smile” icons that you can use to reshape and bend the curve of the mouth. There is also the Smile slider, which allows you to reshape the smile.
  4. You can find it on the right side of the dialog box. By dragging the slider to the left, you reduce the curve of the smile and, to add more curve, drag it to the right. This will make your subject’s smile friendlier and warmer.

Using the Mouth Width Slider to Widen the Smile

  1. Go to the mouth width slider in the Properties panel.
  2. Drag the slider to expand the sides of the mouth outward. It’s important not to overdo it, though, as this can reshape the face of the subject beyond the point of recognition.
  3. You can see your new results on the right side of the preview area.

Using the Lower and Upper Sliders to Adjust the Lip Thickness

  1. Move the upper and lower lip sliders to adjust the lip thickness.
  2. They behave opposite to each other as you will notice if you drag them to the left or right.

Dragging the Cheeks Upward

  1. Just like adjusting the mouth, you need to adjust the cheeks as well. To do this, hover over the cheek.
  2. When your mouse cursor becomes a four-pointed arrow, you’ll get the Move Cheek options.
  3. Move the cheek but follow the natural curve of the mouth. Do the same with both cheeks until you’re satisfied with the result.

Lowering the Height of the Eyes

  1. If you adjust the cheeks, you also must alter the height of the eyes. One goes with the other. By lowering the height, you make a smile look more relaxed. Just like with the cheeks, hover over the eye area to display the Move Eye option and position the eyes to go naturally with the rest of the face.
  2. You can compare your image to the original by pressing P on your keyboard. Keep your adjustments subtle to get the best results. Once you finish your edits, click OK to save your changes.


Editing a smile in Photoshop is an entirely normal thing as not all of us are photogenic. Making photographs is an excellent way to memorize and share all the great moments you had with your friends, family, and loved ones.

If you aren’t happy with how your smile turned out in a photo, you can quickly fix it with the right tool. Change your facial impression with quality software or hire professional graphic design services to do it for you. The choice is yours.

2 Steps to Change Eye Color in Photoshop

Eyes are one of the most beautiful parts of a human body. Having a beautiful eyes makes the face very attractive. Well, the shape of the eye matters. But, what matters most is the color of the eyes. No wonder that models wear colored contact lenses during photo shoots to look more attractive. And, the workaround of having a beautiful color eye without wearing lenses is Photoshop. In this tutorial, I am going to how to change eye color in Photoshop.

The tutorial is very easy. All we are going to do is to use the Brush tool.

Before I begin, I want to show you the initial and final pictures.





Let’s begin

Step 1 – Grab the Brush tool

There are many ways to change eye color in Photoshop. I am going to show you the fastest and the easiest one.

Grab the brush tool from the tool panel or press Shift+B again and again until it comes. Reduce the hardness to 0%.

Change the foreground color to the color you would the eyes to have. I am going to change it to #0076a3.


Step 2 – Change the Eye Color in Photoshop

Press F7 to open the layer panel. Alternatively, you can also open it by going to Window>Layers.

Create a new layer by pressing Cmd+Shift+N/Ctrl+Shift+N.

Change the blend mode to Color.


Start brushing the eyes.

If you want, you can first select the iris with the Elliptical Marquee tool and then start brushing. I am skipping that because the end result in my case would be almost same and my hands pretty much know how much should they move the cursor for perfect coloring.


Do it for the second eye also. The second eye is not present in my image so I need to skip that.

Your image should look like this.


I think that the blue is very vibrant. So, I am going to reduce the opacity to 59% in the layer panel.


That’s it.

Here’s the final picture again.



Day 16: Patch Tool in Photoshop – How to Use it

Hey, guys! Welcome to my 30 Days to Learn Photoshop series. Last time we discussed Healing Brush Tool which is a pretty awesome tool if compared to Spot Healing Brush Tool. But this time, we’re going to learn even a more awesome tool that is Patch Tool in Photoshop.

If you ask me the algorithm behind the Patch tool, I have no idea. But, I do know that whatever it is, it works like a charm. To prove this, I am going to remove 3 moles from this beautiful lady’s face. I know that those moles are adding beauty to her, but for the sake of this tutorial, let’s remove them.

As usual, before we proceed, let me show you before and after images.





Let’s begin the tutorial:

What is Patch Tool in Photoshop?

Patch tool in Photoshop is a tool that creates a pattern on the applied area either by using Photoshop’s Content-Aware technology.

Where is Patch Tool Located in Photoshop?

You can activate Patch tool in Photoshop either by grabbing it from the tool panel or press Shift+J again and again until it comes.


How to Use Patch Tool in Photoshop?

Now, let’s learn how to use the Patch tool.

Step 1: Duplicate the Background Layer

First of all, you don’t want your work to be destructive. You always want to work non-destructively so that you can go back to original image whenever you have made any mistake.

To do so, we need to duplicate the background layer. Press Cmd+J/Ctrl+J to duplicate your background layer.


Note – Unlike Healing Brush, Patch tool doesn’t work in transparent layers. It is yet to have “Choose Layers” functionality.

Step 2: Encircle the Flaw

Now encircle the area you want to remove.


Step 3: Move the Selection

Now, gently move the selection to the area that you want to fill the flaw.


Step 4: Deselect the Selection

Now release the mouse. Press Cmd+D/Ctrl+D to deselect the selection.


Ist’s it looking cool?

Let’s remove other two moles also. One is below her right nostril and another in on her left cheek.


Now that we know how to use Patch Tool, let’s understand this tool a little bit deeper.

Option Bar of Patch Tool in Photoshop


Let’s learn each option one by one.

1. Patch

This defines the technology that Patch Tool use. “Normal” lets Patch Tool use the old technology by matching the source pixels against target pixels and then fills the source pixels. “Content Aware” uses the new Photoshop Content-Aware technology. To be frank, I have faced any situation where I needed to use Content-Aware technology. “Normal” technology has always worked for me.

2. Source/Destination

The demo that I showed you is demoed with the “Source” option. In the option, you can encircle the flaw and move it to the area of where you want the pixels of. In “Destination”, you just do the opposite. You encircle the destination and move it on the flaw. The generally saves time when you want the same pixels to placed in several places.

3. Transparent

This is something you always want to turn off. If your image has transparency, you may want to turn it on. If you don’t know what is transparency in the image, just skip to the next point.

4. Use Pattern

This feature allows you to use pattern along with the blending of pixels.

5. Diffusion

Diffusion slider controls how quickly the pasted region adapts to the surrounding image. As a general guideline, low slider values are good for images with grains or fine details whereas high values are good for smooth images.

That’s all for today.

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Add Eyeliner in Photoshop

Hey guys, welcome to my another tutorial on Photoshop. You went to a party and your wife forgot to put on eyeliner. After looking at the images, she realized that she had made a terrible mistake. Her eyes are looking completely plain in the photos. Now she can’t upload those adorable photos on Instagram because of one small mistake. Fortunately, we have something in Photoshop that can save her soul. So let’s begin our today’s tutorial on How to Add Eyeliner in Photoshop.

Before we begin, I’d like to show you how our final image will look like.

Now that you’ve seen the final image, let’s begin with the tutorial.

Step 1: Download Eyeliner

Download a PNG image of eyeliner.

Download it

You need to save the above image in order to proceed. Right click on the image and save it.

Step 2: Copy Eyeliner

Open the image in Photoshop. Open the Layer Panel by pressing F7. Hold down Cmd/Ctrl key and click on the icon shown on the layer panel.


Now press Cmd+C/Ctrl+C to copy the image.

Step 3: Add Eyeliner in Photoshop

Open the image where eyeliner needs to be added.


We need to move the eyeliner to the desired place. We could use any type of move tool but I am using my favrouite, Free Transform Tool. Press Cmd+T/Ctrl+T to activate it. Resize and place the image on her eye. You don’t have to be accurate here. Placing it perfectly will be done in the next step.


Step 4: Transform Eyeliner

To make the eyeliner skewer, hold down Cmd/Ctrl key. Make sure that Free Transform Tool in still activated. You’ll notice that cursor will change to white. Now drag middle right point to make the eyeliner skewer.


You need to do it couple of times to get a perfect picture.

Step 5: Duplicate Eyeliner

Duplicate the layer by pressing Cmd+J/Ctrl+J.

Go to Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal.


Step 6: Complete the Image

Once again use Free Transform Tool and place the flipped eyeliner on the other eye.


And now you’re done with the image.



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