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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
Another great tool for retouching is the Liquify Filter. Like with any retouching tool though, you want to be subtle. Now one of the more common problems is with flyaway hair as well as clothing. So let's go ahead and fix that in this image. Now in order to this in a flexible way I will turn the background into a smart object. You can use your context sensitive menu's to do this. So on the Mac you would hold down the Control key and click, on Windows we can right mouse click, and then select convert to smart object. Now that it's a smart object when I select filter, and then choose liquify, if I correct this and then decide that I don't like, it's non destructive so I can always remove it. Now I'm going to select the top tool here.
It's the Forward Warp tool, and you want to make sure when you're using liquefy, that you use a large brush. Most people tend to choose a brush size that's too small. And then when they're trying to move things, it makes it very obvious. So I'm going click restore all, in order to reset that, and I will choose a much larger brush size, say maybe around 130. Now you can see when I click and drag, I can make a much more subtle change. If I wanted to just push her hair in right here, and at the same time just maybe give her a little more hair, up top, a little boost.
Or if I wanted to bring these hairs right down a little bit on the top of his head. Maybe bring this out a little, but bring this down. here and here. Course, I can also move over to the clothing here. Right here on her shoulder we've got kind of this dent going in and then this one coming out, so let's just try to even that up a little bit. Again, I'm just making very small. Little changes here in order just to kind of even out the shape of the clothing there. We can also come back here in the back, and we'll just kind of lift that up a little bit. And I'm just moving it over to the left, so we can really tell that the wind has caught his shirt there.
Alright, now when I click OK, we can see the effects of that by toggling on or off the liquify filter. So that was before and that's after. You can see, you can really use liquify to just make nice, subtle changes to an image. All right, let's go ahead and take a look at this second example. Again, I'm going to convert the background into a smart object, using my Contact Sensitive menus. And then I'll select Filter and then Liquify. Now at this time when I use liquify, I'm going to need to be a little bit more careful, because as I move some areas of the image, I'm not going to want to move others.
So, I need to enable this advance mode, because that's going to give me another tool on my toolbar, and that' the Freeze tool. This tool is going to work like a mask. So I can paint in areas that I don't want to move. For example, I don't want to distort her fingers, so I'm going to click there and then I'm going to come along the bottom area here. That part of her pants, and I'm going to freeze this. And I'm also going to freeze her fingers on the left side, and freeze part of her arm here. And then I'm going to switch to our Forward Warp tool.
I'll get a little bit larger of a brush just by tapping the right bracket key. And I'm just going to click up and drag, just right here underneath the arm a little bit. And then here along the side, I'm just going to tuck this in a bit. Again, you want to make sure that you're using a large brush, so that you can't see what's changed and what's not. Here you can see how the wrinkles of her shirt are going up, so I'm going to get even a larger brush here, and I'm going to click and start dragging them down a little bit. And I'm also going to want to zoom in, so I'll use Cmd+plus, Ctrl+plus on Windows, and then hold down the space bar so we can navigate. And you'll notice that as I pull her shirt down, that her pants below it are not moving, and that's because I've used the freeze tool. We'll just do that a little bit more.
Now here the wrinkle here in her shirt has moved down a little bit too much, so let's just pull that back up here. And we might just want to pull this in a little bit form the left, and I"m going to use a little bit larger brush, and just pull these wrinkles down a little bit here in front as well. Right. If I wanted to unfreeze an area, we have a thaw tool. So, I can go ahead and unfreeze this. And just see how that looks. Because sometimes it's hard to see with a red overlay. And I might select my Forward Warp tool, again, making sure that I have a large brush.
Not covering the finger area. And I might just want to get this line, a little straighter, right along there. Alright, we'll click OK. And then we can take a quick before and after, toggling on and off the eye icon, next to liquify. So there's before, and there's after. Now I see that I've pulled up a little bit too far, in the foreground here so that's the nice thing about having this liquify, be a smart filter. Because if I need to make changes to it, I simply double-click where it says liquify, and then I'll make sure by getting a little bit smaller of a brush.
Just want to make sure that I'm not pulling any of that area up too high. Of course, if I don't want to change it, I could always just crop out that area. But I think that's better. We'll just do before, and after. So there you go. Two handy uses of liquify.
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