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Body sculpting with Liquify


Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

with Julieanne Kost

Video: Body sculpting with Liquify

Another great tool for retouching is the Liquefy Filter, but like with any retouching tool, you'll definitely want to be subtle using this tool. One of the most common problems when you're on location, shooting portraiture is, of course, the wind with people's hair or maybe somebody comes in and has a portrait taken and they haven't even done their hair. So on this couple, let's go under the Filter menu and choose Liquefy, and I'm going to be really subtle with what I do, but I am just going to kind of reshape both of their hairdos a little bit.
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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  3. 32m 16s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      4m 27s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      5m 32s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 44s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      2m 58s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      5m 10s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 59s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 37s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      4m 18s
    2. Saving images in collections
      4m 23s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      3m 46s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 16s
    5. Using smart collections
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 21s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 39s
  5. 32m 9s
    1. Comparing RAW and JPEG files
      6m 10s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      3m 12s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      9m 14s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Toggling onscreen shadow and highlight clipping warnings
      3m 11s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 36s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      2m 48s
  6. 38m 37s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool
      4m 42s
    2. Correcting a horizon line with the Straighten tool
      2m 41s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 50s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      2m 56s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow details
      3m 7s
    6. Correcting lens distortion
      3m 25s
    7. Making perspective corrections to images
      2m 40s
    8. Removing color fringing and chromatic aberrations
      2m 28s
    9. Sharpening the details
      7m 45s
    10. Making an average photo great
      5m 3s
  7. 50m 52s
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      6m 57s
    2. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      10m 19s
    3. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      3m 41s
    4. Exploring a quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 31s
    5. Converting to black and white
      2m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 21s
    7. Creating selective color effects with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 5s
    8. Using sepia and split-tone effects
      3m 33s
    9. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 10s
    10. Adding vignettes and border effects
      3m 59s
    11. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 40s
  8. 15m 13s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      2m 4s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 22s
    3. Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets
      6m 48s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process files
      2m 59s
  9. 30m 24s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      2m 7s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      2m 51s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      3m 59s
    4. Using the Application frame
      3m 34s
    5. Managing panels
      5m 14s
    6. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 39s
    7. Switching tools using the keyboard
      2m 47s
    8. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      5m 13s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      1m 34s
    2. Arranging documents
      1m 52s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      1m 32s
    4. Panning and zooming
      3m 14s
    5. Cycling through different screen modes
      2m 13s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding file formats
      4m 36s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      4m 39s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      4m 11s
    4. Working with print sizes and resolution
      2m 18s
  12. 32m 54s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      3m 7s
    2. Using crop options
      3m 55s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      1m 46s
    4. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      3m 31s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Relative option in the Canvas Size command
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      1m 27s
    8. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    9. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      5m 46s
    10. Making nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      2m 34s
    11. Warping images
      2m 48s
    12. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      2m 33s
  13. 30m 41s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      11m 16s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      8m 4s
    3. Organizing layers using layer groups
      5m 3s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      6m 18s
  14. 43m 11s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      5m 43s
    2. Combining selections
      4m 4s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      5m 29s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      4m 35s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 42s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      7m 22s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      3m 17s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      2m 59s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 47s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 18s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      5m 31s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      6m 44s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 30s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 29s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 41s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 48s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      1m 47s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      2m 1s
  16. 19m 33s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 44s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      3m 49s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      6m 5s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      3m 55s
  17. 52m 9s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool
      12m 42s
    2. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      4m 52s
    3. Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter
      6m 19s
    4. Making teeth bright and white with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 21s
    5. Brightening eyes with Curves
      7m 0s
    6. Taming flyaway hair with the Patch tool
      3m 44s
    7. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      5m 49s
    8. Body sculpting with Liquify
      8m 22s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      4m 48s
    2. Combining multiple frames in an action sequence
      8m 44s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      10m 40s
  19. 38m 26s
    1. Overview of filters
      2m 52s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively using Smart Filters
      5m 18s
    3. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 35s
    4. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      2m 14s
    5. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      6m 27s
    6. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 11s
    7. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 1s
    9. Creating a painting with the Oil Paint filter
      1m 34s
    10. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 25s
  20. 22m 17s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      6m 42s
    2. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 41s
    3. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      3m 1s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 21s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 26s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      2m 6s
  21. 20m 11s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      7m 7s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      3m 39s
    3. Adding type on a path
      4m 44s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 3s
    5. Warping type
      1m 38s
  22. 15m 58s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      6m 15s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using layer styles
      4m 27s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      2m 43s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      2m 33s
  23. 15m 45s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Using the Output workspace in Bridge
      5m 32s
    3. Exporting web photo galleries
      4m 20s
    4. Saving for the web
      3m 4s
  24. 23m 38s
    1. Working with video clips
      9m 29s
    2. Adding special effects to video
      5m 45s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      8m 24s
  25. 1m 10s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 10s

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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.

The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Organizing images in Bridge
  • Adding metadata such as copyrights and keywords
  • Editing in Camera Raw versus in Photoshop
  • Retouching in Camera Raw
  • Batch processing files
  • Customizing the Photoshop workspaces
  • Choosing a file format and resolution
  • Cropping, scaling, and rotating images
  • Working with layers, including merging and flattening layers
  • Creating selections and layer masks
  • Toning and changing the color of images
  • Adjusting shadows and highlights
  • Retouching and cloning
  • Creating panoramas from multiple images
  • Adding filters and sharpening
  • Working with blend modes
  • Adding type
  • Working with video in Photoshop CS6
Julieanne Kost

Body sculpting with Liquify

Another great tool for retouching is the Liquefy Filter, but like with any retouching tool, you'll definitely want to be subtle using this tool. One of the most common problems when you're on location, shooting portraiture is, of course, the wind with people's hair or maybe somebody comes in and has a portrait taken and they haven't even done their hair. So on this couple, let's go under the Filter menu and choose Liquefy, and I'm going to be really subtle with what I do, but I am just going to kind of reshape both of their hairdos a little bit.

When you first come into Liquefy you will probably see this dialog, you probably won't be in the Advanced mode. So let's just start here and I'm going to use the first tool here which is the Forward Warp tool. The Forward Warp tool allows me to just click-and-drag. So for example if I click here and drag, you can see that it just moves in the direction that I drag. Now one of the things that I often see is that people try to use a really small brush and go in and drag multiple times, which is fine, if you want to give him a mohawk, but that is not the look that we're after.

So I am going to hold down the Option key and click Reset. What you want to do to make a very subtle change is actually use a large brush. So we have the Brush Size over here but you can also use the Right Bracket (]) and the Left Bracket ([) and Liquefy just like you can with any of your painting tools. Wherever you click with that and drag that area will be moved the most, and then it kind of fades out as it reaches the outer circle of the tool.

So in this case, I want to do two things, I want to bring this area down a little bit, so I will get a little bit smaller of a brush and then just kind of click-and-drag down to shorten those hairs, and then I'll come over here and just click-and-drag up a bit in order to just kind of round out his head here, because obviously, the wind is blowing in this direction. And we'll do the same thing here for her hair. Let's just give her a little bit more hair, a little bit more fullness there, and we'll just tuck in this hair a little by just clicking-and-dragging to the right.

So obviously, this is very subjective, but I do find that in a lot of cases, women do actually want a little bit more volume to their hair. And of course, someone's head is always going to look nicer if it's nice and round. So let's go ahead and click OK, and we'll just do a little before and after using Cmd+Z or Ctrl+Z to undo and redo. So you can see that after being liquefied, he's got a much nicer hairline and she's got nicer, fuller hair. Let's go ahead and move to our next image.

I have to say this is probably one of the more unflattering positions that you could photograph this woman in, but perhaps, it's the only photograph that she has and you want to make it a little bit better. The last time I was pretty confident and I just liquefied directly on the background, but don't forget, if you're not as confident, you can always make a copy by just using Cmd+ or Ctrl+J to duplicate that Background layer and then you can always come back or at least toggle on and off and see the before and after that way.

So again, I'll go under the Filter menu and select Liquefy. Now, in this case, we're going to need to pay attention not only to the area that we're liquefying, but also the background because we don't want to stretch it that much. Now for this little bump right here, what I am going to do is I am going to use my Right Bracket key to get a much larger brush and then just click-and-drag to tuck that little area in. Again, I don't want to go too far, I don't want to actually indent it in; I just want to maybe bring it in, just a touch.

And then up here underneath the arm, not only am I going to bring it to the left, but also just up a little bit and the same with this right area of the arm here in the underneath part of the arm. Then I'll move to the outer part of the arm and we'll just tuck in, we'll just make a little indention here so that it looks like her shoulder ends there is more definition to where this muscle might begin there. I might get a little bit of a smaller brush here and also just pull in the side of her neck, maybe do the same on the other side. Again, it's a really small movement, if I use Cmd+Z or Ctrl+Z, you can see that all I've done is just a little bit of a movement there, just adding a little bit of a roundness to her neck.

Where it's going to get difficult is over here on the left-hand side because her arm is in kind of an awkward position here, and you'll notice if I click and move anywhere in her fingers, her fingers are going to start looking really odd. So I might just position my cursor right here, and we might just be able to tuck that in just a little bit. If I wanted to do more maybe I should wait and actually do maybe a copy and paste in Photoshop. But again, I can move this line in a little bit right here just to straighten it out, and then I'll get a much bigger brush and what we need to do is we need to straighten out these lines that are going horizontally here.

So by just bringing down the lines and making them look more horizontal, that's going to flatten out the stomach area. I can switch to another tool. You'll notice here that we've got a Pucker tool right here and a Bloat tool right here, this one moves things in and this one moves things out. So I'll go ahead and select the Pucker tool and get a really big brush, and I'm just going to click maybe once or twice here to just kind of bring in those folds a bit.

Now again, when you click with this tool, if you click and hold, you can see that it continues to move. So let's undo that. So again, I want to make sure I have a really big brush and I'm just clicking once or twice. I'm not holding down the brush, otherwise it's going to make too big of a change for me. Okay, let's go ahead and go back to the Forward Warp tool and I want to try to close the gap here between her shirt and her pants, but if I click-and-drag, you'll notice that both the shirt and the pants move, and I don't want to do that.

So I'm going to use the Freeze tool. The Freeze tool is not visible, unless I go into Advanced mode. Then we get our Freeze tool right here in our toolbar where I can then freeze this area right down here, and in fact, I'll probably want to freeze her fingers as well, and then the bottom of the pants here. With that area frozen, I'll return back to my Forward Warp, get a little bit large of a brush, again that's just the right and left bracket keys, and then just pull this down so that the ending of her shirt is just a little bit lower and a little bit closer to her pant.

You can see by just making that a horizontal line, it's going to thin out the waist area there. If I wanted to continue on, we've got the Eraser tool here where we can erase that frozen area. In that way, I can come over here and grab my Warp tool again and just bring this line so it's a little bit more of a horizontal as well. Let's go ahead and click OK and see the before and after, so we can toggle on the Eye icon that's before and that's after. Okay, finally, let's move to this last image and try Liquefy one more time.

We're just going to do a Cmd+J to duplicate this layer, and then we'll go under the Filter menu and choose Liquefy. Now this is something that I would obviously be just doing for fun, but I'll get a big brush with my Forward Warp, and since this little guy obviously wants to show off his muscles, let's just make him, just a wee bit bigger by just scooting those up. All right, we can even trim down his abs, I don't think he needs to be trimmed down whatsoever, but just for fun, let's click OK, and look at that, we've got a before and after, that's before his workout and after his workout.

So again, I think you guys can see that Liquefy can be used to do all sorts of things, but it can also be taken way too far too fast. So just remember that when you are retouching, you really want to make it subtle. You just want to remove the distracting elements in a photograph unless you are trying to do something funny like we just did with this little kid's muscles.

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