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Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline

Another way that you can effectively make changes to the shape in your photographs is by using the Warp tool. A lot of times when you use this tool, what you'll want to do is make a selection of the area that you want to work on, and then access this tool by way of Free Transform. Let's take a look at how we can do this. Here we'll go ahead and select our Rectangular Marquee tool; we will increase the Feather a little bit, just to soften our edges. And then we're going to click and drag over the jaw here on the right side, because what I want to do is just push that in. Because of the way that the image was captured, that jaw looks a little bit too big; there is this imbalance here.

Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline

Another way that you can effectively make changes to the shape in your photographs is by using the Warp tool. A lot of times when you use this tool, what you'll want to do is make a selection of the area that you want to work on, and then access this tool by way of Free Transform. Let's take a look at how we can do this. Here we'll go ahead and select our Rectangular Marquee tool; we will increase the Feather a little bit, just to soften our edges. And then we're going to click and drag over the jaw here on the right side, because what I want to do is just push that in. Because of the way that the image was captured, that jaw looks a little bit too big; there is this imbalance here.

So to correct that, we'll make this selection, then we'll press Command+J on a Mac, or Control+J on Windows, and that will copy that selection to a new layer. We'll name that new layer jaw. Well now that we have that on a separate layer, we can then access Free Transform. You can press Command+T to do that, or you can go to the Edit menu, and choose Free Transform. Once you've activated a Free Transform, you can either click on the Warp icon here, or you can right-click, or Control+ Click, and then choose Warp from this dialog.

I have had a chance to sit down with some of the best retouchers in the world, and a lot of them work with this Warp tool, and they make almost all of their movements with this tool. By doing this, you can see how we can really start to move this jaw line around, we can either click and drag in the grid, or we can work with these different points here to change these overall characteristics, in this case, of this line of the jaw. Well, the next step is to make sure that everything kind of lines up nicely, and then to press Enter, or Return. Here what we'll see is, we've made this movement on a separate layer; here is before, now here's after.

Well the next step is going to be to mask that in, so hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on Windows, and then click on the Add layer mask icon. That will create a mask which is filled with black; a technique that we've done a number of times. We want this filled with black, so that we can then selectively paint in where this movement, or where this Warp is going to then be applied. So here we'll select our Brush tool. We'll choose white as our color, I want to paint with a high Opacity; I'll tap the Right Bracket key to make my brush a little bit bigger.

I'm just going to paint this in, and the reason why we want to be able to paint this in is so we can kind of create the transition edge of where these two parts come together. Here I'll press the X key, and I'm just kind of paint away a little bit of that shadow that was there. You can see how we can kind of bring that out, and then we can press the X key, and bring in a little bit more of the jaw. In doing that, we can control, like I said, where we're going to bring in this adjustment. We also need to work a little bit on the hair, so here I'm just going to work back and forth, pressing the X key, to try to hide this little connection point.

Another thing that's happened with this adjustment is that, while the jaw line looks pretty good -- I don't know if you can see it; let me zoom in a little bit -- but there's repeated hairs right here. We can see this little pattern in the hair repeated twice. So, again, because we have this mask, we can go in and we can either paint with black or white to reveal or conceal that, to try to hide that little repetition there, and I think that looks little bit nicer. So, again, let's evaluate how we've done on this one. We'll click on that eye icon; here it is before, and after. And the trick with using this technique is to make a selection, copy that selection to a new layer, and then to perform the Warp on that new layer, so that you can effectively mask that in, so that this looks clean, and natural, and seamless.

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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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