Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring what Liquify is really used for, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
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I mentioned previously the role that Headlights, our opt-in program where we can…observe how people use Photoshop, has helped us develop the software.…It tells us what tools people are using, what features they are using and…which ones they are not.…And it came as somewhat of a surprise to us that Liquify is very heavily used.…And that was interesting because Liquify is an older filter and we were…wondering what people used it for.…So we did a lot of research and we realize that people use Liquify for very…subtle shifts to the image.…Now as I'll show you, you can do some pretty over-the-top stuff as well.…
So here I am in Liquify and it's certainly possible for me to wildly…distort this image.…I could take a given element and make it much smaller.…But we realized that those aren't the sort of things that people are doing in Liquify.…The things that retouchers and photographers are doing are very subtle and it's…a lot like sharpening and tonal adjustments that we talked about before.…It involves getting zoomed in and doing small refinements.…
The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.
The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.
- Reinventing the Crop tool
- Rediscovering the Auto button
- Getting the most out of curves
- Understanding Smart Sharpen
- Building blur and softness
- Working with a graphics tablet
- Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
- Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
- Using presets