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Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify

Here we're going to do another mini project where the Liquify tool will really save the day. This is an editorial portrait, and I think that this picture captures a lot of the beauty of this person, who is a small restaurant owner in Texas. I love the natural light. Yet, let's say that the editor comes back to us and says, hey, can you remove that little garment strap right there? So we zoom in on the picture, and we start to focus in on that area of the photograph. To do that, we'll create a new layer, and then we'll name this new layer r1, for Retouch 1, and we'll reach for the Clone Stamp tool.

Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify

Here we're going to do another mini project where the Liquify tool will really save the day. This is an editorial portrait, and I think that this picture captures a lot of the beauty of this person, who is a small restaurant owner in Texas. I love the natural light. Yet, let's say that the editor comes back to us and says, hey, can you remove that little garment strap right there? So we zoom in on the picture, and we start to focus in on that area of the photograph. To do that, we'll create a new layer, and then we'll name this new layer r1, for Retouch 1, and we'll reach for the Clone Stamp tool.

You can press the S key to select that tool, or just click on it in the Tools panel. We'll increase our Opacity here a little bit, and then the next step, of course, will be to go ahead and Option+click or Alt+click on a good area of the photograph, and then start to paint that in over this area that we want to remove. And by doing this, we can slowly kind of remove this little problem here. And what will happen is, when you have areas like this, when you have different levels of brightness, what we'll need to do is do a little bit of clone work here, but then after the fact, we're going to need to go back, and do a little bit of healing on top of that.

So we'll create a new layer, we'll name this new layer r2, and then we'll grab our Spot Healing brush, and make this smaller by pressing the Left Bracket key, and then just paint over that in order to create a little bit of a nice transition; a nice smooth tone there. All right. Well in doing that, we have a decent retouching job here, yet the trick is that we now have this divot in the shoulder. Well, whenever you have a shape that you need to correct, that's where the Liquify tool can really help. Yet, how can we work with the Liquify tool when we have layers on top? We can't go to the background layer; we need to go above.

Well here we need to merge everything to the topmost layer. To do that, press Shift+Option+Command+N, E on Mac; Shift+Alt+Control+N, E on Windows. Next, we'll go to the Filter, and then here we'll choose Liquify. In this filter, we'll zoom in a little bit, we'll use the Forward Warp tool, a nice small Brush Size, low Brush Pressure, and we can just start to click and drag, or push this around. I'm going to make my brush a little bit bigger, and increase the pressure there a little bit more as well, and I'm just going to look to kind of change this overall line here on this part of the portrait.

So I'll go ahead and click and drag a little bit, and then make the brush smaller, and click and drag up. Here, really, we're just looking to try to even things out a little bit. So just clicking back and forth, that's looking a little bit better. Just make my way over here to this side as well. Then we want to turn on the Backdrop view; the original. Here is where it was; now here's where it is. That's looking a lot nicer. Next step is to click OK in order to apply that, and then in our Layers panel, we can click on these layers, and see here is our before, and then now here is our after.

By making that adjustment, it helped us to improve this portrait. It simplified a few elements, so again, we can really focus in on the beauty of this person, and the character of this small restaurant owner, standing in her restaurant, illuminated by this wonderful warm light. And by using the Liquify tool in a way that isn't trite, or silly, we can make adjustments like this, which can really help us further our vision for our photographs.

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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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