There are many reasons why a face can look wider than it is. Things like camera angle or lens choice could emphasize the broadness of a face. In Adobe Lightroom Classic, Face-Aware Liquify makes this easy to fix. In this video, join instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use Face-Aware Liquefy to slightly touch up a face.
- While Lightroom has some useful tools for refining parts of the image, there may be times to take an image over to Photoshop, and doing so is quite simple. What you'll want to do is select the image inside of your Lightroom library. And in this case, we want to take advantage of Face-Aware Liquify to apply little contouring. Now choose photo, Edit in, and I suggest open in Photoshop as a Smart Object. The benefit of this workflow is any edits that you put into the raw file will be tucked inside the Photoshop layer. So you actually have the raw file embedded inside the Photoshop document which will allow you to access Camera Raw, if you realize you need to tweak the raw data. Now what we're going to do is modify this. I noticed that it's a smart object by looking at the icon they're attached to the layer. Now we can invoke filter, liquify. It automatically finds the face in the image. It also locates the eyes and other elements. If we keep zooming in, you'll see a grid. Now what we can do is use the on canvas tools if we want to make a change. For example, let's just pull those cheeks in a little bit. And you see the simple change. I'll zoom out so you see less overlays. There we go. And just thins the cheeks, or lifts the jawline just a little bit. And that works quite nicely. If you click the preview box on and off, you can see the change that you've made. While you're here, you can also take advantage and make a small tweak to the smile or turn up the corners just to affect it as a gentle grin. We can go in and adjust the thickness of each lip as well, and take a look at other areas. I suggest, if you're going to make edits to the eyes, consider locking these together so that both eyes stay in sync. Ans in this case, we could just open up the eyes slightly because of the squinting. That looks great. If we toggle that on and off, you see the small changes. Now I click OK. And then close the document and save my changes. Now we've got the new image selected and it's stacked on top. If we ever need to make a change, it's easy. Just right click and choose Edit in and choose to edit this in Photoshop. Do not select the Smart Object again. Now just be sure to edit the original and when you do so, the layered file opens. Maybe you need to make a tweak. You could just double click and the liquify command will reopen exactly where you left off. This means you can also take advantage of other tools in here. For example, we could apply a curve adjustment. I'll option click on the word auto or Alt click and tell it to find the per channel contrast and snap neutral mid tones or to find light and dark. And you see it instantly fixes the contrast in the image. Let's use the same on image tool there and apply a gentle lift to the face, opening up the exposure slightly, close and save. Return to Lightroom and it updates giving us our new image.
- Sizing an image
- Fixing perspective problems
- Adjusting an image that is too bright or too dark
- Removing haze
- White balancing a photo
- Changing the color of an object
- Fixing red eye and dark circles
- Retouching blemishes
- Blurring backgrounds
- Sharpening photos
- Controlling raw files