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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's take a look at how we can make some body or structure enhancements using the Liquify tool. Well let's go ahead and copy our Background layer first. Press Command+J or Ctrl+J. Let's name this new layer r1 for retouch one. Next we're going to navigate to our Filter pulldown menu. Here we'll select Liquify. This will then launch the Liquify filter dialog. Now one of the tricks with Liquify is that it is really powerful and a lot of times it gets overused. So as a photographer, what we have to try and do is figure out how we can kind of harness the power of this tool, but then use it in a way that's appropriate for the task at hand. All right.
I am going to zoom in a little bit on this image here. I'll do so by pressing Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus. Now the first tool here in the Tools panel is a tool we are using. It's called the Warp tool. This tool can do again a lot of damage. What I want to do first is perhaps make an adjustment. This adjustment is going to be horrible, but I just want to illustrate how this tool works. I am going to go over here by the arm and simply click and drag up. Now you can see that what I've done is I made this arm incredibly unnatural looking. Well, if ever you make a mistake like this, hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC.
It changes Cancel to Reset. Click on that, and it will bring everything fortunately back to normal. Let's say that what we want to do is work on this side of the body here. Well, first we need a smaller brush size. So we're going to go ahead and decrease our brush size. Next we want to lower brush pressure, in other words this way we won't be pushing these pixels around really quickly. We can kind of build this up. Then what we are going to do is just slowly make our way over this area, slowly kind of flattening out this portion of the image.
A lot of times what you want to do is make sure to not make any big indentations. Well one of the things that happened here is you may notice that there's a little indentation right there. Let's go ahead and push that one actually out so I'll go from the inside. I am just going to nudge that over, pushing that out, trying to create a little bit more of a straight line there along that edge, and then I'll make my way to the outer edge to kind of clean that up. Well once you get to a point where you have a little bit of a nice line, you can make your brush bigger. Do so by pressing the right bracket key and then just approach that area.
You'll notice that what I'm doing is pretty subtle. You'll also notice that I am trying to have a really nice and consistent line. In other words, I don't want to have a big huge divot all of a sudden and again, I'll make my brush a little bigger. I'll work on the other side over here, just bringing that in, looking to try to create a nice clean consistent line and then also a little bit down here, just going through this image and slowly pushing in a few little areas of the photograph. For the shoulders I'll bring those up a little bit and just bring the under arms in just a touch here, some pretty subtle and simple work.
We don't want to call attention to our work too much, but we do want to try to create a couple of little improvements here. Well, how then can we see if we're going in a good direction? Well what we need to do is to click on this option here, Show Backdrop. This will then show the original file. You can see what we've done there. Again, a pretty subtle little adjustment. If we go to our Opacity of 100, we can now see the before and then after really clearly. Again, the goal here for this image is simple and subtle and really authentic looking retouching.
Well once we've applied the retouching and we're content with it, all that we need to do is to click OK in order to apply that, and then of course we want to evaluate our before and after. We can do so now by clicking on this eye icon of this layer and here we have it, our before and then our after, zoomed out a little bit as well. You want to evaluate it both close and far away of course and here's our before and after. Nice work!
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