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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 95 of 118



Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 95 of 118



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in this session, we're gonna talk about bending warping in liquefying layers and Photoshopped. So if there's any time that you don't need just a straightened ordinary image, you're gonna learn how to bend it right now let's start off with a feature known as warping, and I just want to start off by letting you know that I always convert my image into a smart object before doing this. A smart object is something where it's the equivalent to putting your image inside of a protective bubble where the original contents of the layers preserved in any changes you make to that layer afterwards are just settings attached to the layer that you could easily modify afterwards. So let me show you what it looks like if I don't use a smart object first, and I'm just gonna do something simple, I'm going to come over here and choose edit and let's see, I will use free transform its great out right now because I'm working on the background layer. The background layer has little lock symbol on it. I'm go...

nna unlock it. Then I'll come over here to free transform. And if I were to scale this image down and let's say would rotate it and scale. It's amore press returner entered. Indicate I'm done may move it back up here. If I return to free transform again in the future, it's not going to know that this layer has ever been transformed. Its going to think it originally started out at this angle, and therefore, when I choose free transform instead of having the rotation handles sitting on the corners of this rectangular object instead, it's going to be straight where it just thinks if it is a rectangular image in. So for me to be able to get this back to its original angle, I'm just eyeballing it. And if I try to get this back to its original size again, I'm just eyeballing it here because it's not doing anything to help me. And as I scale this up, the quality is going down because it's scaling up the number of pixels that we had just a few moments ago. It does not have access to the original number of pixels that the image is made out of, so that when I'm done, if I were to zoom up really close on this and compare it to the original. This would be blurry. So here I'll choose Revert to show you the original. And just remember how jagged and blurry these stars were. When I choose Revert, you see how crisp the originals work. Well, if, on the other hand, before attempting to transform my image, I went to the layer menu, I chose smart objects and I said, Convert to smart object. Now it's taking the original contents of that layer in protecting it so that everything I do to this image from now on will be calculated from the size of the original image. So if I go to the edit menu and I choose free transform and I make this a lot smaller and I rotate it in a press return or enter if I come back to do that again, first off what I choose free transform. It remembers that I've transformed it, and it keeps the handles that usually appear in their original position. So if you look at them all, zoom up, you see that they are rotated along with the flag. It knows that it's been rotated in the past, and it knows about how much it appeared actually tells me that it's been rotated 59 degrees and it's been scaled down to 24% of its original size. So fired a type in 100 here in type in zero for the degrees. This thing would be back to its original set up. And now the quality. If I zoom up, it will be exactly the same as the original, because when you have a smart object, it protected the original. In the things that I've done to it, we're just settings attached to the layer. If those settings are reset to their original settings, the picture looks exactly like it did when I started. But that becomes more important when you start using features like warping. So in this case, I'm gonna make this image slightly smaller by typing command T Command T or Control T and Windows is the same as choosing free transform from the menu, which is what I used a few moments ago. And then I'm gonna come up here and choose to warp this. Now when you warp something, you end up with a little control point on each corner of your picture, and you could grab each corner in, reposition it and you'll be bending in the image. So if you want it to look like the the corner of a page overturned, this is one way you could do that. Or if you left that straight, I'll choose. Undo. So it's more straight. There are handles coming out of each corner. It's kind of hard to tell where they're coming from. But here's the corner in this handle. This little dot is coming out of that corner. You might notice it more. If I drag it up. You can see the handle going up or I drag it down. And that's determining what angled is. The image go out right when it leaves that corner point in the saying that right the moment it leaves, it travels in this direction, whereas if this is pointing up, it's traveling in that direction When it first leaves the point and you have two handles for each corner point. There's also one point down here which could control that edge. So if I wanted to bend this flag, let's say I could come in there and adjust those corner points, maybe bring one up and bring the other one down try to get a bit of a rippled on this flag, but with newer versions of federal shop, you have much more control. If you come up here, you can split the image into a vertical or horizontal, uh, sections. And so if I click on that icon, I just did, which is a vertical line that's in there. And then I move on top of my image. I can choose exactly where I split it vertically, and then I can control that portion. I can click and drag here. I can grab the endpoints that air there and drag up and down all sorts of things I could dio if I click that icon once again, I can come out here and ADM. Or of those. So if I wanted to look a ziff, this flag is flapping. If I had divided up with enough spaces vertically, then I should be able to grab. You can actually grab more than one of these points at once. If I click on the bottom point on one of these vertical lines have added hold shift, I should be able to get the top point as well, and then I can go toe another one. Hold shift and click on it. And so right now I have four of those points selected. Then I could move them together like this, and I'm just shift clicking on the various points to say I'd like to work on more than one at a time and we could do all sorts of little stretching here. However, you'd like this to be distorted. You don't have to grab the actual handles. You can click in an open area between them to move more than one at a time. You're gonna move all the points that are in between where your mouse is, like surrounding your mouse. So now if I do that and then I press returner entered, indicate I'm done. Had I not used a smart object, Then if I go back to choose warping again, it would start off fresh, as if you've never made a change to the image before. And you'd end up with only those corner points again. And it would be difficult to bring this back to the way it used to be. But now that we have a smart object, if I come back here to edit, transform, warp it remembers all the handles in. So it's a Ziff. I never left, and it's very easy for me to then come in here and make further changes to the end result. In here, I'm grabbing the line itself and dragon it a bit to get a little more curvature. So remembered. Convert to a smart object before you start warping things. Because then if you ever press return or enter in later on go Oh man, I wish that was just a little bit different. You'll be able to go in and make those changes afterwards. Then there are certain things that, if you attempt to warp them, won't warp the way you expect. In this case, I just have a square that has a pattern applied. The way the pattern was applied is I just had a solid colored square sitting there, and if you look in my layers panel, you'll see it says pattern overlay directly below that layer. Well, the way that was applied is with that layer active, I went to the bottom of the layers panel. I clicked on the letters F X and I chose pattern overlay. When you choose pattern overlay, there's just a little pop up right here. A little preview where you could apply various patterns and so I could apply little dots. I could apply all sorts of different looks to them. I'm gonna click Cancel, cause I like the one I had. But now if I apply warping, its gonna warp the general contents of this layer. But it's not gonna warp any effects that were applied to it. Meaning it's not gonna warp that pattern over light. So let's try it. You notice it's warping the shape, but the patterns just sitting still. And that's because it is. The pattern is a setting that's just attached to the layer, and it's not affected by warping. So how can I get it to warp settings that are just attached to the layer? Well, I can, by going to the layer menu, choosing smart objects in choosing convert to smart object. When I do that, watch what happens in my layers panel. Specifically, look at the pattern, overlay and notice. It looked like it went away. It didn't actually go away. It got inside of this thing called a smart object. Instead of being attached to the outside of it because it's now inside of the smart object. When I choose warping, it's going to warp not only the shape that is in that layer, but also the pattern that's attached to it. And it's not just true of patterns. It could be many other things that you have maybe clipped to that layer so that maybe you have some text that you're gonna warp and you've put a photograph inside of the text. But the photo is a separate layer. I showed you how to do that in the layers session. Well, then, on Lee, the text would be distorted. The photo would not unless you selected both layers and to turn it into a smart object first.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


Adobe® Photoshop® 2020 is a feature-rich creative force, perfect for turning raw ideas into audience-wowing images. With Ben Willmore as your guide, you can master it faster than you think and take on a new decade of projects.

Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail



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In this class Ben Willmore gives an overview of all the tools present in Adobe Photoshop 2020, explaining everything very clearly and with practical examples. This course is useful for any type of photographer who wants to learn the use of Photoshop or improve their post production skills.