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Reshaping a shirt with Liquify

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Reshaping a shirt with Liquify

Because the Liquify tool is so helpful in portrait retouching, I want to focus in on a few more mini projects using this tool. We're going to work on this image here, and what I want to do with this photograph is I want to correct the shirt over here. One of the things that you have to get good at with portrait retouching is focusing in on knowing what to do. This is a portrait of an actor, and the portrait, I think, is strong; he has presence. Yet, this part of the image, it's just a little bit distracting it. It kind of draws our attention to way that the shirt is pointing out in that direction.

Reshaping a shirt with Liquify

Because the Liquify tool is so helpful in portrait retouching, I want to focus in on a few more mini projects using this tool. We're going to work on this image here, and what I want to do with this photograph is I want to correct the shirt over here. One of the things that you have to get good at with portrait retouching is focusing in on knowing what to do. This is a portrait of an actor, and the portrait, I think, is strong; he has presence. Yet, this part of the image, it's just a little bit distracting it. It kind of draws our attention to way that the shirt is pointing out in that direction.

I want to reshape all of that. To do that we'll use the Liquify filter. Here we'll copy that Background layer, and then we'll go ahead and name this reshape. Next, we'll navigate to the Filter pulldown menu, and the last filter that we used was Liquify. Whatever a filter you used last, it will show up here. Now, if you want to reapply that same filter, the same exact way, you can select that option here. Or if you just want to reopen the last filter that you used, so that you can then re-customize the way that you use it, you can use a shortcut.

The shortcut is Option+Command+F on a Mac, or Alt+Control+F on Windows. Again, that will reopen whatever the last filter was that you just used. So that could be a helpful shortcut if you're using this filter a lot. If not, you can always go to the Filter menu, and just choose Liquify. All right. Well here, again, we're going to use the Forward Warp tool. What I want to do is make sure I have a nice low Brush Pressure. My Brush Size is pretty good; this is the same size as it was before. Here I'm going to start to just tuck in that corner.

Once we tuck in that corner, though, what's going to happen is it's going to make the shoulder seem kind of weak, right? And that really was the problem; it all of a sudden looks like a strange shape. The front shoulder is really important in the picture like this, so I'll make my Brush Size bigger here by pressing the Right Bracket key. Now I'm just going to push this out, and by pushing this out, what we're able to do is start to create a whole new shape in this part of our picture. Then I'll create a smaller brush, and I'll zoom in a little bit on the picture, and I'm just going to nudge down this little bump that we have here.

A lot of time you'll need to do this, kind of just evening it out these little teeny places in your photographs. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in using this tool, and thinking that you need to do everything, and work on all these small areas. Well, not necessarily. Often it's just one thing that you need to correct in your photograph, and by making this correction, it really improves this portrait. Here, let's click on the option for Show Backdrop. Here's before, and now here's after. Again, to apply this, we simply click OK, then back inside of Photoshop, in our Layers here, we can see that overall before and after.

So this movie isn't necessarily teaching you anything new, except perhaps that shortcut to open up your last filter, but it is highlighting this whole idea of how we start to look at our pictures. Now that you're becoming familiar with the Liquify tool, I want you to look at your photographs differently, and ask yourself, okay, well what can I correct with this tool? How could this tool will help me make some subtle, yet significant improvements to my pictures?

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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