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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.
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We now turn our attention from the Free Transform and Warp functions which allow us to take one or more layers and modify them directly inside of the image window. We are going to turn our attention to the Liquify command here under the Filter menu which allows you to take a single layer and modify it on a pixel level basis inside of a separate utility that just happens to run inside Photoshop, a very powerful retouching function as it turns out. And we are going to take on this command because it's so big and powerful.
We are going to take it on in two parts which will cover a few exercises as it turns out. We will start by learning roughly how the command works and we will do that inside of this image right here, it's called the ufisifellow.psd and it features another one of these Raphael images inside of once again this Tondo frame set against the Michaelangelo fresco background. And then once we figure out how Liquify works, we will take the command and we will use it to retouch this painting right here, another Raphael image that's called madellina.jpg and we will ultimately turn her into something resembling this image, which I called madelooker.jpg.
And you can get a sense now of what an amazing retouching tool the Liquify filter is even though we are working on a painting just for fun and of course to spare people's feelings, you can use this filter. You wont' be doing demos presumably, so you can use this filter in your own work on real pictures of real people. Trim them up, make them look at their absolute best. Alright, so I am going to switch back to this ufisifellow.psd image. Make sure that the Portrait layer and only the Portrait layer is active inside the Layers palette, so that we are editing this guy right here and Raphael just as Michaelangelo had a habit of when sculpting women, he made the women look extremely masculine, you may know that from your art history experience.
Raphael had sort of the opposite habit in his paintings of taking men and making them look very feminine. I am not sure what that's about, but it's just sort of an interesting thing that I have noticed here. By contrast of what he does with women, let's start contrast in fact. Alright so I am going to switch back to this beautiful looking guy here and I am going to go up to the Filter menu and I am going to choose the Liquify command or you can press Ctrl+Shift+X or Command-Shift-X on the Mac in order to invoke this big old dialog box right here and as I say it really is a separate utility that just happens to run inside Photoshop.
It has its own set of tools over here on the left hand side of the dialog box and it is big whopping collection of options over here on the right hand side of the dialog box. So just to give you an introductory sense of how the function works, I am going to increase the brush size a little bit so I will take this brush size value up to well I have got it at 199, let's go ahead and take it all the way to 200 if it will cooperate with me. And then I am going to move things around. I assume if you are working along with me then you have this top tool selected which is the forward warp tool.
It's the main editing tool inside the Liquify dialog box here and I will explain why it's called the forward warp tool in a later exercise, but for now just know that it allows you to move details inside of the image. And I suggest even though I am making some ridiculous modifications at this point, I suggest you take it slow and easy inside of this dialog box. No sense in just dragging something all over the place because if you do while you are going to get a pretty whacky maybe even hilarious modification. It's not going to look the least bit realistic, whereas if I press Ctrl+Z or Command-Z on the Mac, the modifications I have made so far even though they are borderline not realistic because it's eyes are so widely separated at this point.
We are not getting a lot of what I call ripped pixels, a lot of stretch marks inside of the image, alright. So just take it easy, it's basically the moral of the story. I am going to give them something of a horse look for now because we are not really trying to make him look better. He already looked just dandy. So I will go ahead and mess him up a little bit just for the sake of you know entertainment at this point while we learned how the command works. And I have to tell you if you get the loved ones around you and you whipped out your computer and you decide to show them something inside Photoshop, this is the tool to show him.
Guaranteed it will have them laughing out loud and rolling around amused by the wonderful miracles of modern computing, it is a guaranteed laugh riot, I tell you this from experience. No matter age, it would be darned. People just love this one. Kids and old folks alike, alright anyway I am just sort of dragging here while I am yakking at you. This is the basic idea. It allows you to move pixels around inside of the image in order to distort the image on a pixel level basis.
In the next exercise, we are going to take on a few of these options on right side of the dialog box. Starting with these options right here, Brush Size, Brush Density and Brush Pressure stay tuned.
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