Portrait: Faking a Smile Before and After

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: September 28, 2015

Category: General

Kicking the week off with another new portrait but also a Before / After to show you how the smallest alteration can make a HUGE difference.

First off here’s the portrait which was taken using my Anytime Anywhere kit and instead of creating the black background in camera, I slowed the shutter down to allow more ambient light into the scene…


Below you can see the portrait again and next to it on the left hand side an alternative version; well actually ‘A’ was the original and ‘B’ is the one where in addition to the removal/reduction of the reflection in the glasses, a subtle smile has been created using Photoshop…


What I always find incredible about this is how the eyes also seem to have much more life in ‘B’ compared to ‘A’ when in truth they haven’t been altered at all.

I’ve a busy start to the week but in a few days I’m going to put together a short video to show you how I create the smile in Photoshop which involves a few more steps in addition to the Liquify filter to make it that much more realistic and believable.

In the mean time though, check out my 500px portfolio page where I’ve uploaded a larger version of the portrait which has a particular style of retouching I’m working on developing at the moment that is intended to give the portraits a kind of slight 3D feel where they appear to come toward the viewer a touch rather than being flat and 2 dimensional…hope you ‘Like’ it.

Check it out HERE

Catch you tomorrow,

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1 Comment

  1. Nick Webb

    Hi Glyn, the link is not working.


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