EDIT: here is a screen shot for you to see. The bottom image is my SOOC shot. Little Grace has the type of mouth where the corners naturally point down. If she is not giving me a real smile, I always make a small adjustment in her lips. Once you raise the corners of the mouth, the eyes seem to smile with you! Even a small nudge can make a big difference. I also added some extra comments in this post about brush placement. Hope the screen shot helps?
Here are some suggestions. Process your image. Ctrl J to make a new copy to work with. You will use the Liquify tool to make your changes.
In both, you want your brush pressure to be around 30. In CS, I put my density at around 30 also. Make sure the top tool on the left side tool bar is selected. (warp tool) Ctrl+ to zoom in a bit. For a smile you want your brush size to be large enough to cover half of the mouth. Or the entire…
Let's talk about using a photo mask. The coolest thing about this is, you can resize it any size you want. Start at the bottom. You will have your background paper. I have included the one shown. Then you will have your mask layer. (also included) Top will be your image. You will need to group your image to your mask. This can be done a number of ways. Let's talk about a couple. You can highlight your top image layer. Go to layer, create clipping mask. In Elements, it is Layer, group with previous. Or you can hold down your Alt key and click on the line separating the two layer and it will clip it together for you.
Make your image the size you want it to be. Now go down and highlight the mask layer. Use Ctrl T to free- transfom. You can rotate it, you can make it wider, you can fl…
I am taking this really supremely cool class for iPhone photography!! It is all in video format and self paced. The only downside I have found is there is very little interaction with the others in the class. It works by posting your pics to your flickr account and yes, some people comment. I have found some of my internet friends there that was a happy surprise! So if you are into ART and are looking to take your pics to a different level. Lots of what is learned there can be easily transferred to your editing skills.