Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate
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The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

with Deke McClelland

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Video: The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools

In this movie, I'll demonstrate how to work with Liquify's other tools. Which include Pucker, Bloat, push, Twirl and Smooth. Now, because I applied Liquify as a smart filter, I can resume editing this image by double clicking on the word Liquify here inside the Layers panel. And notice that I have this ginormous brush left over from the previous movie. That's associated with my Warp tool. But if I switch to a different tool, such as the Pucker tool, then I'll end up seeing a different brush for it. So each and every tool remembers its last brush settings.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014)
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014)
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014)
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014)
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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10h 37m Intermediate Aug 19, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2014

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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.

Topics include:
  • Performing automatic retouch, scaling, and more with the Content-Aware tools
  • Editing the histogram
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Making channel-by-channel Levels adjustments
  • Sharpening with the Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass filters
  • Working with vector-based type
  • Kerning and tracking characters
  • Creating text on a path
  • Drawing and customizing shapes
  • Creating depth, contour, and texture with layer effects
  • Liquifying an image
  • Simulating an infrared photo
  • Adjusting print position, size, and color
  • Creating the perfect JPEG image
  • Downsampling for the web
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The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools

In this movie, I'll demonstrate how to work with Liquify's other tools. Which include Pucker, Bloat, push, Twirl and Smooth. Now, because I applied Liquify as a smart filter, I can resume editing this image by double clicking on the word Liquify here inside the Layers panel. And notice that I have this ginormous brush left over from the previous movie. That's associated with my Warp tool. But if I switch to a different tool, such as the Pucker tool, then I'll end up seeing a different brush for it. So each and every tool remembers its last brush settings.

I'll go ahead and zoom in on the image so that I can take it in at 100%. Now, the tool I've selected is the Pucker tool. And what it does is pucker details, which will make more sense if I show it to you. So, I'll just go ahead and increase the brush size by pressing the right bracket key a couple of times. And then, I'll click and hold inside the image. And you can see that I end up puckering the model's eye, which is not even sort of what I wanted to do. So, I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac in order to undo that change.

You may find it useful however, for puckering jaw lines. And so, for example, if I go ahead and pucker this jaw right here and under the chin, then I'll get rid of some of that double chin. And as with the Warp tool, you want to work incrementally. You don't want to do this (UNKNOWN) where you drag along the area, because that will very likely create an unrealistic result. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac to undo that change. You also have the Bloat tool, which is the Pucker tool's opposite. And I'll go ahead and increase the size of the cursor once again, and click inside of each eye.

Just on quick little click. And you have to be very careful with eyes. Because once you start distorting the irises, then it's very difficult to set things right. Also notice that as you bloat details, you blur them as well. So we're losing the focus inside the eyes. Which is to say, I've gone a little bit too far. So, I'll switch back to the Reconstruct tool and increase its cursor as well, and just click a couple of times there inside each eye to slightly reconstruct things. This next tool is just going to look slightly ridiculous.

It's call the Push Left tool, but notice if I grab the tool and drag downwards, I actually push the details to the right. So you might prefer to think of that as just being the Push tool. It can be a useful tool but not when the brush pressure is set to 100. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on Mac to undo that change. And I'll take that brush pressure value down to 10 and try again like so. So just drag along the left side of the face there. If you drag upward with the tool, that's when you push details to the left.

Or, you can also push details to the left by dragging down while pressing the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac. So just remember, if you want to change the direction of your push, you press Alt or Option. You also have horizontal variations, so if I drag to the left, I'm going to push things down. If I drag to the right, I'm going to push things up. And again, you can modify that behavior with the Alt or Option key. Next, we've got the Twirl tool, and what it allows you to do is twirl details. For example, this eye right here is at something of an angle.

So if I want to rotate it slightly, I would just click with this Twirl tool like so. And if you take it too far, once again, you can see the Reconstruct tool to bring it back just a little bit. Because you really have to be wary of deforming that iris. And that eye is also a little bit high, so I'm going to go ahead and switch to the Warp tool. And I've got this ridiculously large cursor, so I'll press the left bracket key a few times to bring it down. But I want to keep it pretty big. Notice, if I do this number, if I keep it about the same size of the eye and drag it down. I'm really going to deform that (LAUGH) eye.

Liquify filter is entertaining if nothing else. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac to undo that change. If you want to move a detail, you've got to work with a very large brush like so. And you're going to have to take it easy once again. We don't want to end up mushing the face. I might want to drag it closer to the nose as well, just to make things look a little more even. And then, if you need to, you can reduce the size of the cursor and go ahead and zoom in on that detail, and adjust it slightly. For example, I might take the side of that iris over just a little bit.

And I might move the bottom of this eyelid up a little bit as well. And that I have to say, is the great thing about being able to use Liquify as a Smart Filter, is that you can come back and modify details well into the future. Now you may find that you have some weird edges like along this jawline for, example, and there's a couple of ways to fix those. One, is to try out the Smooth tool, which you only see, by the way, you only see both the Twirl and the Smooth tools when the advanced mode check box is turned on.

Notice that if I turn it off, those tools disappear right there. So I'll go ahead and turn the check box on once again. I'm not sure what's so advanced about these two particular tools, but that's the way it is. Anyway, I'll go ahead and select the Smooth tool and I'll reduce the size of my cursor, and I'll try painting in this area and see if it gets any better. In my case, I'm not really getting anywhere, possibly because I worked that job during a different Liquify session. So, if you find that's happening to you, another way to work is to grab the Pucker tool. And reduce the size of your cursor, and then go ahead and paint along that line like so.

And I've gone too far, but that does do a great job of straightening out those details. Then what you do is go in with the Smooth tool. And I can take care of this weird detail right there by painting along it, so that goes ahead and smooths out that edge. And I might just sort of click on these details here to split the difference between what I've got and what I had before. And you can even grab the Warp tool, but it is by far the most useful of the tools and just adjust some of these details manually. Tuck them in ever so slightly. I'll go ahead and zoom back out here, we've got a little bit of a problem right at that location.

We should be able to address this one with the Smooth tool I'm hoping. And that did work out pretty nicely. Alright, at this point I'll go ahead and zoom out. Let's take a look at our modifications here. By clicking on the Reconstruct button, and what that allows you to do is compare a before and an after version of the image. So you can get a sense for whether you like what you've done or not. And I'm pretty comfortable with what I've come up with, I just want to make sure I'm not going too far. Because the biggest key when you're using the Liquify filter, it's not really about making the person look like the ideal person on the planet.

It's really about making them look they think they look, the way they look in the mirror. You want to make sure they remain recognizable to their mothers. Very, very important. And in this case, I'm pretty comfortable I've done that. So I'll go ahead and crank the amount value back up to 100, click OK, and then click OK again in order to accept my most recent changes. And just so you have a sense of what I was able to do during this movie, I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac. That's what the image looked like at the outset of the movie, and this is what it looks like now.

Thanks to a combination of the Pucker, Bloat, Push, Twirl and Smooth tools included with the Liquify filter.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate .

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Q: This course was updated on 09/18/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. The updates are concentrated in "The Content-Aware Collection" and "Creating and Formatting Text" chapters, but there are new movies sprinkled throughout the course as well.
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