Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Practical magic for changing expressions, part of Learning Photo Restoration with Photoshop.
- [Instructor] Alright, so this one's a lot of fun and admittedly, a little bit scary. What we're going to do is we're going to take these girls here and we're going to mess around with their expressions a little bit. The first thing that I'll say is, sometimes a person's eye is obscured and you don't want to recreate an eye or half of their nose or part of their mouth. The picture will be torn and I want to show you how to fix that. These girls, despite all of the many things that are wrong with this image, actually look perfectly fine. But just to show you how this works, let's say that there was something missing over here on this eye and I wanted to borrow from this eye.
What I'm going to do is I'm going to take the clone stamp tool, but I don't want to just copy one eye and put it over there exactly like it is. What I want to do is I want to flip it because it would be strange to duplicate the eye, it wouldn't look quite right. So I'm going to come to my clone source and I've got all these controls, one of them is offset and I'm just going to click to flip horizontal. So now, it's going to flip that exactly. I can apply that right there.
You see where you could use that to build out half of a missing nose, half of a missing mouth, a chin, the wheel on a car. You could do all sorts of really powerful things there. Just make sure to un-click that when you're done so the clone stamp tool will work as expected elsewhere. Now the other one, is changing expressions. Now with really old photos, people had to hold still for a really long time. There's a pretty good chance they weren't smiling. There's also a good chance that their eyes moved or their faces moved. There's a really amazing way to change people's expressions in Photoshop.
This is a fairly new feature. You might not know about it. And if you do know about it, you might be surprised to know that it works on older images. We can actually recognize faces on an old image like this. I'm just going to take this and go into Filter, Liquify. And as soon as we come in there, you see that it's identified both of those faces. Let me zoom in here a little and show you how this works. I don't want you to worry at all about that scary dialog on the right. We're not going to touch that. Zoom in a little closer. Let's start with this girl over here.
I could play around with the shape of her head. The width, the height, we could play around with her nose, placement, the width. Play around with, getting quite a bit closer here, with her eyes, the height, the width, the tilt, and even with her mouth, the width, and the expression on her mouth. Really fun to do this and it can be used, obviously, beyond restoration.
But there's a lot of control available here. For instance, in this one where we copied that eye, if we wanted to make it look just slightly different so it didn't look like we copied it, this would be a great place to do that. That's very scary there. As with anything, use to your own taste. Really fun to play around with an image. Can be great for group shots where one person wasn't behaving.
And this in conjunction with borrowing content and mirroring content, you can really do a great job of changing an image after the fact.
- Scanning versus photographing images
- Using Photoshop Fix for quick restoration
- Using Lightroom to prepare for restoration
- Saving time using bulk/multifile processing
- Hiding flaws and recovering details
- Retouching images in Lightroom
- Working with Smart Objects and layers
- Blurring and sharpening selectively
- Handling rips, creases, and missing pieces
- Dealing with stains and water damage
- Using Content-Aware Scale to adjust images
- Colorizing a photo
- Changing expressions