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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 liquefy filter. Now, like any retouching tool, you're going to want to be subtle. One of the more common problems is with hair in the wind, and clothing. That is either pulling on someone, or just looks a little bit stiff. So that's what we're going to fix in this image. Now, to make this non-destructive, let's go ahead and right mouse click on the background layer, or if you're on the Mac, Ctrl-click and then choose to convert to smart object. Then underneath the filter menu, I'll choose liquefy.
And we can see that on the left hand side are all of our tools. And the right hand side are all of the options for the tools. There's also an advance mode that we're going to use in a minute, so I'll go ahead and toggle that on. So we're going to start with our forward warp tool. That's a tool in the upper left and what I find is that when people first start using liquefy. They actually use a brush that's too small, and then when they go to make their adjustments, it's very noticeable, the adjustments that they make. So, let's go ahead and undo those.
I'm just using Cmd+Z and then Cmd+Opt+Z, or Cmd+Alt+Z on Windows to do Multiple Undo, and I'm going to leave my brush size to be very large, that might be a little too big. Let's say, maybe around 125. Now, the first thing that I want to do is I just want to round out her head a little bit, because the wind is obviously blowing her hair. So, this area of her hair here, I just want to tuck that in a little bit. So, I'm going to click, and push with this center of my brush.
So, the center of the brush is the hotspot there, and I'm just going to tuck in her hair. And I'll go a little bit higher, and we'll just pull this out. And I'm going to continue just giving her a little bit more hair by just, clicking, and dragging up. So, that her head looks a little bit more round at the top of it, now I'm actually going to do the opposite with him, he actually needs a little bit of a haircut, I'm just trying to get the shape of his head to be a little bit rounder, so I'm going to click right about here.
And just push down a little bit. You can see, because I'm using such a big brush, it's really hard to tell where I've made the changes. If I want to just push in a little on the back, I can do that as well. Or I could go ahead and make it a little fuller, by clicking and dragging out. Now we had this little problem right over here where. I'm not sure if it's the wind that's pushing the blouse or maybe just the way that his arm is wrapped around her. But I want to go ahead and fix that. Now there's many different ways you can do it, but I want to be sure to show you the freeze and thaw tools.
So lets go ahead and select that. This is my freeze mask tool right here, because I don't want to adjust her shoulder, so I'm just going to paint right over it, and I don't want adjust the fingers here. So, we'll go ahead and paint over that area too. So now, you can see, anywhere that is red, is frozen. So, even if I select my forward warp tool and try to change that area, nothing is going to change. So, lets go ahead and just push in this area a little bit.
And I'm going to pull out this area, so that it's a little bit more rounded and it just looks a little bit more natural. Now let's do the same thing with him. I'm going to go ahead and select the freeze tool, because I want to make sure that I'm not changing. The shirt here as far as the sleeve goes, but I do just want to tuck in the back of the shirt a little bit. It just looks like the wind is kind of catching it, and it's making it a little bit too full, so we'll just tuck that in. Now.
When I get down to the bottom, there's an option to pin edges. If I leave that off and say for example, I drag up, you will start to see the checkerboard there. So, let's undo that, I'm going to do the Cmd+Z, and then the Cmd+Opt+Z, or the Cmd+Alt+Z, to put that back. And this time I'm going to pin the edge. And now, no matter where I start and drag up, you can see that we wont see the checkerboard. So it's just pinning the edge of the file. It'll go ahead and stretch it, but I wont get any transparent areas.
So, now we can just drag that over and I don't really have to worry if I accidentally drag up a little bit, it's not a problem, because we won't see the checkerboard. If you ever want to thaw an area you can simply select the thaw mask tool and then we can go ahead and paint over those areas if we wanted to make changes to them. You don't have to erase it before you click OK. But I just did, so let's go ahead and click OK, and now I just do the before and after. I could either toggle that using the I icon next to the smart filter liquified here.
Or we can use Cmd+Z. So there's before and after. I think you can see we've just made some nice subtle changes in order to remove any distracting elements from our photograph.
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