Useful Tips For Manipulations

Today we’ll learn how to use some techniques that you might love after this tutorial.Some of them you might know  but some are just new in town or you just need to practice more with them. So let’s start to play with Liquify Filter,Hue/Saturation and enhance eyes in  your photos or manipulation.tut

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Liquify Filter

Drastic bulges call for drastic action, and the Liquify filter is as drastic as it gets in Photoshop. This filter lets you push, pull, and pucker pixels any which way you want. You can use it to get a waistline under control, add a smile, enlarge lips, and so on. In CS6, this filter uses your graphics card’s processing power, so it works much faster than it did in previous versions. Here’s how to do some serious bulge busting:

Pop open a photo and duplicate the image layer.  To protect the original pixels, duplicate the image (Background) layer by pressing Ctrl+J. That way, if you get carried away and create a lumpy mess or an alien, waiflike creature, you can trash this layer and start over. (You can’t run Liquify as a Smart Filter, so duplicating the original image layer is the only way to go.) Choose Filter>Liquify.  Photoshop opens the humongous Liquify dialog box, which may take over your whole screen.

You make all the tools in the Liquify dialog box work by holding down your mouse button or by dragging.  Here’s a rundown of the tools we’ll use today.

Forward Warp. Use this tool to push pixels forward (ahead of your cursor in the direction you’re dragging) or Shift-drag with it to push pixels in a straight line. This is another great bulge-buster, and you can also use it to make your subjects smile whether they want to or not. Its keyboard shortcut is W.

Reconstruct. Think of this one as an undo brush. If you alter pixels with any of the Liquify dialog box’s other tools and then change your mind, paint over that area with this tool to restore the pixels to their original state. Keyboard shortcut: R.

Pucker. This tool collapses pixels in on themselves. You can use it to make a tummy or thigh look smaller or shrink a flabby chin, a large nose, and so on. To make it have the opposite effect, press option (Alt) so that it acts like the Bloat tool. Keyboard shortcut: S.

Bloat. Use this tool to enlarge pixels from the center out. If you’re considering collagen injections to fluff up your lips, try this tool first. It’s also useful for opening up squinty eyes. Keyboard shortcut: B.

Hand. This Hand tool is the same one that you get by pressing the space bar or clicking the hand icon in the Tools panel. You can use it to move the image around when you’re zoomed in. Keyboard shortcut: H.

Zoom. This tool lets you zoom in and out of the document, but it’s quicker topress Ctrl and the + or – key instead. Keyboard shortcut: Z.

Here I used the Bloat tool to enlarge girl’s eyes and the Pucker tool for her mouth to make it smaller. So we have a doll effect on her. Have fun with the tools!



Changing Color

Photoshop is the ultimate recolorizing tool because it gives you the power to put a fresh coat of paint on anything. You can repaint your car, change the color of your cabinets, and even recolor your hair.

If you’re experimenting with color, start by creating a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer, which offers a friendly set of sliders that let you change either the overall color of an image or a specific range of colors . Because you’re working with an Adjustment layer, any color changes take place on a separate layer, leaving the original unharmed. And since a layer mask automatically tags along with the Adjustment layer, you can use it to hide the color change from certain parts of the image. If you select an object or specific area of the image before creating a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer, you can change the color in just that one spot. Here’s how:

For example, if you want to change the color of a car, you could use the Quick Selection tool to select the car. Once it’s surrounded by marching ants, you’re  ready for the next step. Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer like this choose Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. You can also open the Adjustments panel and click the Hue/Saturation icon (which looks like three vertical stripes above a gradient), or click the half-black/half-white circle at the bottom of the Layers panel and then choose Hue/Saturation.

Photoshop opens the Properties panel containing  three sliders. In the Layers panel, notice how Photoshop filled in the Adjustment layer mask based on the area you selected. If you don’t make a selection before creating the Adjustment layer, the mask stays empty—meaning the color change affects the whole image.)  To change the color of the selected area, drag the Hue slider to the left or right. Hue is really a graphic geek’s way of saying “color” (though technically it refers to pure color, before it has been tinted with white or shaded with black). As you drag the slider, the selected area’s color changes.

If you watch closely, you’ll see one of the rainbow-colored bars near the bottom of the Adjustments panel change, too. The top rainbow bar shows the color in your original image, and the bottom one shows what you’re changing that color to. To adjust the color’s intensity, drag the Saturation slider. To decrease the intensity, drag this slider to the left (if you drag it all the way to the left, you’ll completely desaturate the image, making it grayscale).

To increase the intensity, drag it to the right (if you drag it too far, your colors will become so vivid you’ll need sunglasses, and skin tones will become an otherworldly hot pink). To adjust the color’s brightness, drag the Lightness slider. Lightness is what people call “brightness”; think of it as the amount of light shining on the selected object. Drag this slider to the left to darken the color or to the right to lighten it. Save the image as a PSD file. If you save the document as a PSD file, you can go back and edit your color changes anytime by double-clicking the Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer’s thumbnail in the Layers panel. This is extremely handy if you’re recoloring an object for a nitpicky client (even if that client is you!).

Here is an example on how to cahnge a car’s color.



Enhancing Eyes

A quick and painless way to make eyes stand out and look sultry is to lighten them by changing their blend mode to Screen. This technique enhances the iris and brightens the white bits. To achieve this effect without duplicating the original layer (which increases your file’s size), just use an empty Adjustment layer. First double click on the original layer to unlock it. Click the half-black/half-white circle at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Levels from the menu.

When the Properties panel opens, single-click its tab to close it (you don’t need to actually make a Levels adjustment; you’re just adding an Adjustment layer that doesn’t automatically change your image). Near the top left of the Layers panel, change the pop-up menu from Normal to Screen. When you do, Photoshop makes your whole photo way too light, but don’t worry—you’ll fix it in the next step.

Peek in your Layers panel and make sure the Adjustment layer’s mask is active (it should have a tiny outline around it). Then, to hide the over-lightening that happened in the previous step, choose Edit>Fill, pick Black from the Use popup menu, and then click OK. Press B to grab the Brush tool and then check the color chips at the bottom of the Tools panel. If white is on top, you’re good to go; if it’s not, press D to set the chips to black and white and then press X to put white on top. Now you’re ready to paint a hole through the mask so the lightening will show through only on your subject’s eyes. Mouse over to your image and paint each iris and, if they need lightening, the whites of their eyes. If you mess up, just press X to flip-flop the color chips and paint with black. Be careful not to paint across the dark rim of the iris or you’ll lighten that, too.

Once you’ve got the mask just right, you can intensify the effect by duplicating the Adjustment layer. Press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer and then lower the duplicate’s opacity to around 25 percent.

Here is an example on how this techinique works.





Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Have fun!

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