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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.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Once you come up with an effect that you like, it's very tempting to go ahead and click on the OK button, but I don't want you to do that. Here is the reason why, if you later, working inside a Photoshop, you later decide that you don't like the modifications that you applied, you come across some little problem with your Liquefy effect and you go ahead and undo that modification and you revisit the Liquefy dialog box, you will not be presented with your last applied settings. There is no way know how to make that happen automatically that is to say, instead you will have to reapply your settings from scratch and that is a big pain in the neck, because after all you are probably spending 15-20 minutes inside the Liquefy dialog box maybe even longer.
So you want to go ahead and take the time, make the effort to save your Mesh settings before leaving this dialog box. So before you ever click OK, make sure you click on this button right here Save Mesh and I want you to do that right now. It brings up this little dialog box right here. I am going to click on Browse Folders, so that I can see the folders on my hard drive and I am working here inside the Exercise Files folder inside 16 Warp and Liquify, you can save your settings anywhere you like. I can see this file right here MadelinaSettings1.msh.
Those are the settings that I saved earlier when I applied some other settings inside the Liquefy dialog box. This time around I am going to save my settings as MadelinaSettings2.msh. Both of these files will be available to your inside the 16 Warp Liquify folder. Okay so go ahead and click on the Save button in order to save those settings out and that's all it takes. It's that quick, it's that painless as long as you get in habit of doing it. Now if you want to, you could click on Load Mesh and load my other settings, for example in order to see how they look by comparison, so those were the settings I applied before, pretty good I would say actually.
Now I am going to click on Load Mesh and load my newer settings MadelinaSettings2 and I will click open and these are the settings that I applied this time around, a little more subtle, a little less skinny in places probably better settings all the way around. And now I will click on OK in order to apply those settings to the image, so this is the before version of the image this is after version of the image. Thanks to the Liquify command, an extremely powerful retouching command available to us thankfully here inside the mighty Photoshop.
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