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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here we're going to take a look at another technique which we can use in order to correct the perspective of our photographs by warping. And this tool that we're going to be using kind of has a funny name; it's called Puppet Warp. Yet don't let the name dissuade you from what you can do here because this tool allows you to make adjustments in real specific areas of your photograph. Before you typically use it, it's a good idea to make a selection of the general area that you want to work on. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and make a selection of this part of the image because I notice that this photograph of my friend, Travis, I used a wide-angle lens and so his arm, it's just sticking up a little bit too much on the left side of the picture.
So here we'll copy this selection to new layer. Press Command+J or Ctrl+J to do so, and let's name this new layer, warp. Well, the next thing I want to do is navigate to the Edit pulldown menu and then select Puppet Warp. Now what Puppet Warp allows you to do is to pin down the content that you have and then to drag these little pins around. So for example, you can go ahead and click on the point of the image, and by doing that, you'll then have the ability to change this type over this area of your photograph.
So you want to go ahead and lock down a few different areas of your picture. Sometimes you're going to click right on an area; other times you'll click outside of it. Next, you can go back to one of these pins and you can click and drag, and by doing that, you can see how I'm modifying the glove. Let me exaggerate something here for a second though. As I drag this down, his glove took on a strange shape. Why is that? Well, that's because this point here anchored that, so I would need to bring back that in and those two kind of work together. Well, let's say that we have a point that we want to remove or undo.
Hold down Option or Alt, then you can click on that point in order to get rid of it. And again, that's Option on a Mac or Alt on Windows. You can also click on this Reset button if you want to reset your picture. Well, here what I want to do is I want to set a little pin here and I just want to subtly bring this down a bit and then I'll also bring this point in and then set another one up in the sky to bring that in as well and then bring down the elbow. Again, I'm just looking to try to bring this down a little bit in the photograph. We could also bring the face or the head up just a little bit and we pull that little bit more forward too.
So you can see here by having these different pins you can then subtly bring around the content. You can really see where this tool gets its name from, the Puppet Warp, because it allows you to modify things almost like you're pulling on the pixels with strings to change the overall position. Well, after having made some changes or adjustments, all you need to do is to press Enter or Return in order to apply those. Now with this image here, I noticed that the arm looks good, but I don't really like what I did in the other areas. Well, no big deal.
Just hold down the Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and click on the Add layer Mask Icon. Next, you can grab your Brush tool and if you paint with white, you can start to paint in the new adjustment. I'm going to go ahead and paint that in here so I have this new version of the arm which has a little bit of the perspective corrected on it. And then if we have any edges or any details that need some touch-up work, we can always go back with some of our other tools in order to clean up some of the texture or tone there. I'm going to create a new layer so I could just fix up the sky there.
It was a little bit too dark. I'll also grab the Clone Stamp tool and lower my Opacity. And by doing that, I can just touch this up here a little bit. This is just typical retouching workflow and perhaps also a little bit of healing there because I just don't like the way that the color is looking in that area of the sky. Again, I'm just looking to kind of clean that up a little bit. Nothing you have to do but I'm just being a bit of a perfectionist there. Well, here we have it. Here's our before and then now our after. We were able to kind of tuck that arm down a little bit in order to correct the perspective.
And when you're working with the Puppet Warp tool, it's not a tool that you're going to use all the time on every image for the entire image. Rather, what I found is that it helps in these situations where you have something that's just slightly off and you want to subtly kind of bring that in by using this type of an adjustment. Well, it allows you to do that so that you can have a little bit better perspective.
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