Join Timothy Sexton for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Liquify to shape the hair, part of Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Fashion Editorial.
What we're going to do now is we're going to shape a bit the top part of our hair up here which is becoming little lopsided and these braids can use a little tightening up. So, using the Marquee tool I'm just going to make myself a nice large selection like this, and I'm going to Shift+Command+X to get my Liquify, and we're going to start Liquifying a bit. I have my Brush Pressure set at 25, I have my Brush Density at 50%, and I will be changing the Brush Size as I move throughout this top part of the hair here.
I like the Brush Pressure set at 25 because it gives me a little bit more of a push that I need to give it as opposed to if it was set up at, you know, let's say 84 right there. It's much lighter, hence it moves a lot faster. I don't want it to move too fast, because I really, really, really want to control exactly how I'm shaping something, so as not to make any big mistakes that's going to wind up on Photoshop disasters. So the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to zoom in here, and I'm going to tighten up these braids a bit, I'm going to move this Brush Size all the way down and just kind of scraping across the word brush size right here, I can move it up and down.
I'm sure you have noticed in CS6 if you use the slider right here it moves really, really fast. So, I like to kind of get in the general area and just slide it like this to get the size that I need, so I'm just going to kind of move through and tighten this up and Liquifying, you can get carried away really, really easily and just end of way over-shaping and doing some really funny things with the shaping that you may not want to do so, you just got to really, really be very mindful of what you're doing and constantly zoom in and out and see what's happening to the overall image.
It's definitely much more of a game changer, when you start shaping as opposed to going in like we did before with the skin and the hair. And it's a much more sensitive part of retouching, okay. Let's get a good size here, I will just push this down a bit here. This part of the braid was really sticking out to me as we were retouching before and needing a little bit of tightening up here, okay.
So making my own personal aesthetic decisions here on what's going to look right and thinking that her hair was sort of falling down at some point. I could tell that with the looseness of the braids here and the way this top part here is just sort of falling. So, I want to tighten up a little bit but not to too much, so I'm just going to get bit of a larger brush here, and I'm going to just push this in really slightly right here.
And I think that's all I really need to do to sort of keep the sort of feel that I has here, but at the same time make it look like it's not quite falling down, I will just push this little part of the braid in here, I'll push that up there. Knowing when to stop when you're Liquifying is just really, really important, because Liquifying is so much fun, and you could just really kind of get caught up in it and make some really, really great anatomical disasters, which will definitely wind up in Photoshop disasters.
Okay, so let's zoom out, and I think that's all we pretty much need to do for this, and I'm looking at this, and I'm just saying my next move is going to be some dodging and burning sort of help those highlights, so let's commit to that, and then I'm just going to hide that selection, I'm going to do Command+Z, see just a really slight little move like that just sort of tightens up the braids and just definitely lends itself to a neat or more controlled image. Okay, so I want to commit to that, and in the next movie we're going to be going over some dodging and burning.
- Setting up your workspace
- Making hair manageable with the Clone Stamp tool
- Using Liquify to shape hair
- Smoothing wrinkles on fabric
- Elongating the model with layers