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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 use the Puppet Warp tool and also masking in order to make some changes to the structure or the shape of a person. Let's copy that Background layer. We'll do so by pressing Command+J or Ctrl+J. Let's double-click the layer name. Name this one r1 for retouch 1. Next step, let's go to our Edit pulldown menu and select Puppet Warp. Now one of the things that you typically want to do is kind of lock down a few areas of your photograph. So we'll go ahead and set a few points over here because I don't want to change the image overall.
Next, I am going to go ahead and click outside of the shoulders and also outside of the waist there and then set some points here on the image, just to lock down these areas, so that we don't make any huge changes there. Well, what I want to do is I want to stretch out the shoulders a little bit here. So I will click on one of these shoulder points, and I'll go ahead and just click and drag out a little bit, and I'll do this on both sides. Then all that I'm interested in doing is just trying to add a little bit more width here. Now if ever you set a point that you don't want to set, as I've done so here, hold down Option or Alt and then click on it, and we'll remove that point. All right.
We'll go ahead and click and drag these out, and then down here we'll click and drag in a little bit on both sides, and we can see it's affecting the background but not in huge ways. All right. Well let's see how we've done so far. Press Enter or Return in order to apply those adjustments. Let's click on our eye icon. Here is our before and then our after. Just essentially broadening up the shoulders a little bit and thinning or narrowing the waist to touch. Now let's say that what we want to do then is use this.
Well we're going to need to mask this in, and you want to be really careful with Puppet Warp because what it can do is it can actually cause you to lose a little bit of detail in your photographs. So let's then just mask it into the areas where we want it. Well let's create a mask that's filled with black, and we'll do so by holding down Option on Mac, Alt for Windows, we'll click on the Add Layer Mask icon. When we do that it will create a mask filled with black. Now I'll grab our Brush tool and in my case, I need to press X for exchange to flip those two colors so I can paint with white, and then all that I am going to do here is just bring in this new dimension here.
I am going to try to do so just along this outer edge, just kind of building that up, and then I'll go down here to this area of the photograph and look to narrow that off down here. Of course, I just want to be careful of the transition area there. Make sure that looks really good. Paint that in as needed, in this area here. And so far we're doing just fine. Let's take a look at our before-and-after. Here we have it, before and then after. Pretty subtle adjustments, but nonetheless, they look pretty nice, pretty believable, basically just adding a little bit of width there.
And this particular photograph is of one of my good friends who is an amazing athlete. He would get a kick out of this. He just would be laughing so much that we did this. But nonetheless it was a nice way to kind of show how we can use that Puppet Warp tool in order to make some enhancements and changes to the overall shape and structure of our photographs of people.
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