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Body Shaping: Liquify Tool

Lesson 23 from: Advanced Portrait Retouching

Lisa Carney

Body Shaping: Liquify Tool

Lesson 23 from: Advanced Portrait Retouching

Lisa Carney

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23. Body Shaping: Liquify Tool

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Body Shaping: Liquify Tool

Okay, now I'm gonna talk about more aggressive body shaping, and again, I really, really, really like to be clear about this, I am not judging how something should look, this is just some ideas in case you need to do it, and I wanna talk about doing this in a flexible way. I'm gonna go ahead and put her color curves on, and let's just say this file is good as is, client has signed off on this we think. We'll go ahead and take the purple off, and we think is what we've got going on, all right? Actually, that, and now we think we have to do some body shaping, but we're not entirely sure what the client wants, the client is not sure. Body shaping is a really tough nugget. It is really hard because there's so many different ideas of what people's shape should be, and I have clients who go way too far, and I'm like, oh, okay, okay, but I wanna be able to go backwards, and I don't wanna have to redo the job, so what I'm gonna suggest, I'm gonna show you a couple body shaping techniques, and ...

then I'm gonna suggest a way that you could do it that's malleable. So just for the demo, I'm gonna merge all of this up. Body shape, it's really basic body shaping, since it's really a portrait class, and with body shaping you're not gonna have to do much. Let's run through a couple of ways you can do body shaping. All right, let's say you wanna tuck the waist in just a hair, what you can do is on a merge layer, you can select just the waist area, and you can go to liquefy, and you can then have that one area selected. You can take the smudge brush. I do not do a lot of this, by the way. I try to very gently not do too much body shaping. I think in fashion you do more body shaping than in entertainment. So this is just a little tiny little tuck. You could've done this with the mask, but if you do this with the actual figure, what happens is the wrap around light goes with it. So if you have a really nice rim light, and you tuck this in, you don't have to redraw the rim light, it goes with it. So it's really handy, it's just questionable, but since it's questionable, let us try something different, my friends. Let's make a smart object, and let's go to liquefy, and let's zoom in, and let's go, okay, let's tuck that in, just a hair. Can we do that? I'm gonna tuck it in a bit too much, just so you can see it. All right, I think it looks terrible, but if that's what you want, who am I to say? I'll take the paycheck. Two days later, oh, can we get a little lift or flare to the skirt? You can double click on that liquefy, and come in, those romance dresses, you can see it now, oh, nice and flowing. The great thing is, it's all on a code, a smart object. I can turn that off and on. So now I merged everything up, and did it on a single file, that is because I would rather do that than have this entire file saved as a smart object that opens and closes, opens and closes. So I prefer to do it in one, on one layer. Do you remember I told you my files crash a lot when there's too many items? One of the problems I think it is is when they open smart object, that smart object is too heavy, there's too much stuff in it, and the computer gacks. So if you're working on a lower res file, this is not a bad idea. When I do this on huge files, what I will do is I will actually pull that original out into a separate file, I will have some kind of name, like master body shape whip one a, I will pull this out, I will save it out to a new file, I will save it as master file one a body shape, and I make sure the layer is the name of the fully layered file, that way I know it came from master body shape, I know that this file is adjusted, and if I have to go back, there's my fully layered file. Do you understand? I save it out in two separate files. I have too many files where the job you've worked for too long crashes, and it's a nightmare. This is a little bit of a organizational trick. If you're working at home, if you have smaller files, you can keep it all in the same file, you'll be totally cool. For those of you who want to start doing compositing, this is definitely how you wanna start working. Do all your retouching in a single file, all of your retouching, and then do your compositing. So entertainment, gaming, let's talk about that for a second. I will do, let's take an X-Men job, you've got all those full characters. I will have a file very much like this, fully retouched, layered, massed, on it's own, it's got its file name. I will merge that all up into a single layer, name it with that layered file name, and I will then drag that into the composite as a smart object. If they come back, and say, hey, can you make that dress purple? I will say, or lighter, or darker, I'm just gonna change this in whatever way I change it here. Let's say they want this instead, absolutely, I can totally do that, and then I merge it all over again, send it over to the file, if it needs to be a smart object, I make it a smart object, attach that smart object filter, there's the waistband. There you go, I'm done. Oh, don't forget that you have to make the name, and this one wouldn't be one a, would it? Because it got changed. This would probably be two a, because the client had a revision. So I'm talking about a work production thing. I think this is really, really, really important.

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If you were like me and had no idea on where to start and feared that the editing process would be too destructive and would have to start all over again if the client didn't like your completed work - then this is the class for you. I watch this class often for review and to make sure that I maintain these good habits Lisa suggests to do. If you follow all of her helpful commentary on her how's and why's you will end up in a far better place when that time comes that you have to re-edit your edit. I cannot say enough great things about her work flow and how it not only enhanced my images to the result I was looking for but also decreased my editing time(bonus!!!!). I also on a whim sent her a email through her personal site and she replied with a massive helpful technique for enhancing freckles on a job I was working on. She is amazing! She is a true teacher who is there to show you how to use photoshop for you to find and gain your own editing style. Far too often i find myself in retouching classes that only demonstrate how to make your images look like who is teaching the class... Workflow and Style are very different, you can have the same workflow but your style is determined by your taste. Her workflow is solid and delivers time and time again. This class should be in everyone's dashboard hands down.

Kristine Pye

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question and take us through your "delivery" process, I found that extremely helpful. I have purchased two of Lisa's classes immediately after the live stream during Photoshop Week 2017 and was very excited to stream another set of lectures from Seattle. I will be purchasing the last two courses of Lisa's within the next 24 hours as I did just over a month ago. I find her classes to be absolutely brimming over with useful information--everything from the technique, her process, what other professionals in her work are doing, and **why** she chooses the methods she does in retouching. She is relatable and genuine, and her knowledge of the program and how to maximize efficiency while "skipping the actions" really reinforces the educational part of her courses. There are "easy way outs", but she emphasizes that you should understand the ways in which any adjustment effect the entire photo. These courses have helped me to move forward in my education, helping me to realize that with enough practice and good habit formation--such as naming every single layer every time-- that it is not irrational for me to make an effort in building a portfolio and a Master's degree with little-to-no- previous experience with the software. I am very appreciate. I hope to see more from Lisa in the future, but I have plenty to practice with for now! Thanks again, Kristine Pye

Jeff Robinson

Lisa Carney is amazing! She has a depth of knowledge of Photoshop, retouching techniques, and compositing that she shares in a fast, but straightforward, easy to follow, step by step manner. No matter what your level of expertise, you'll find gems, shortcuts, and methods in her teaching that you can practice and put to use to make your work stronger, faster, and cleaner. And with the bonus materials she graciously provides, including workbooks with her detailed steps, practice files of the images she uses in class, and before and after comparisons, you'll be on your way to improving your skills immediately. She's an accomplished retoucher and gifted teacher. If you have the opportunity to take one of her classes, take advantage of it!

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