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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
In this exercise we are going to take a look at these tool options these top three tool options that are available to me right now when I am using the Warp tool. But first I am going to go ahead and zoom in on the image by pressing Ctrl+ a couple of times that's Command + on the Mac. So, any of those keyboard tricks that allow you to zoom in and zoom out and scroll the image around by spacebar dragging all those tricks that work outside in the larger realm of Photoshop work here inside the liquefied dialog box as well.
Alright the brush size value it's pretty straightforward, it controls how big your brush is. What I would like to do is show you the keyboard tricks. You can press the bracket keys just as you can when working with a brush tool in Photoshop. You can press the left bracket key to make the brush smaller and you can press the right bracket key to make the brush bigger but notice that you are always modifying the brush size in 2 pixel increments so very tiny increments there. Luckily you can press and hold if you want to in order to reduce and enlarge the cursor in real time so that's pressing and holding the left bracket key or pressing and holding the right bracket key to make larger adjustments at a time.
Press Shift along with the bracket key so this is the result of pressing Shift left bracket, this is the result of pressing Shift right bracket. Bear those options in mind because those are some great keyboard tricks and you are not going to want to be going up to the brush size option every 10 seconds in order to change it because one of the best ways to control your modifications inside of this dialog box is to keep that brush size liquid in other words change it around over and over again so that you can make big changes followed up by little changes and we will see what I am talking about in the later exercise.
The brush density value is analogous to the hardness setting inside Photoshop that is to say it controls how much of the brush is active at a time. So if you reduce this brush density to 0 let's say then notice that just a little pinpoint of portion of your brush is dragging around the image notice how sharp that modification is right there. I will go ahead and Undo that change. If you enlarge the brush density value then you are going to devote a larger portion of the brush to the modification so that you get duller changes, more blunted transitions which tend to be a little more realistic as it turns out but you don't want to be mashing too many pixels around at a time.
So I recommend that you leave that brush density when in doubt just leave that brush density setting set to its default which is 50. And then finally you have got brush pressure which determines the degree of your edits. So when you have the brush pressure maxed out as we do right now you are going to make big modifications like that and if you reduce that setting, I will go ahead and take it down to 10% for example then you make very tiny modifications and you have to scrub over an area multiple times in order to get anywhere.
Alright I am going to Undo my modifications and I made a few different modifications in a row, few different brush strokes in a row right there so after pressing Ctrl Z to undo the first one or Command Z on the Mac I will have to press Ctrl Alt Z or Command Option Z in order to back step incrementally. So you do have multiple undos inside of the liquify dialog box. So I am going to take that brush pressure value back up to 100. Now one of the things I want to caution you here is don't press the Enter or Return key in order to activate the value that's not necessary and you run the risk of basically invoking the OK button and exceeding the dialog box and applying your modifications.
So when you are changing these values numerically just go ahead and enter a different value and start in painting. So much for the tool options. In the next exercise we will take a look at the View settings including the Show Backdrop option down here in the bottom right corner.
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