Applying the Liquify filter in Photoshop Changing the shape of a model’s features is something that can be accomplished only in Photoshop, not in Lightroom. Access to Photoshop’s Liquify filter is reason in itself to transfer a portrait from Lightroom to Photoshop. In this section, students use several tools and options in the Liquify filter dialog to fine-tune this portrait. Make sure students follow the instructions for applying Liquify as a Smart Filter so that the changes they make with it remain re-editable.
Retouching after applying Liquify as a Smart Filter This section illustrates another consequence of using Liquify as a Smart Filter— pixel retouching can no longer be done directly on the photograph because it is now a Smart Object. In this section students learn how to make pixel-level changes to a Smart Object. They open the Smart Object as a separate document (a PSB file) in Photoshop, and then use Photoshop’s Healing Brush tool to reduce puffiness under the model’s eyes, remove blemishes, and hide unwanted hairs. Remind students to use the File > Save command, rather than the Save As command, to save the edited PSB file. The changes made to the PSB file will now appear in the original PSD photograph in Photoshop. The File > Save command is applied again to save the photograph, with all its edits, as a TIFF copy, in accordance with Lightroom’s External Editing preferences. The edited TIFF appears back in Lightroom along with the original PSD.
Adding complex blur Changing the appearance of a photograph is another form of retouching. Sophisticated filters are among the many changes that can be made in Photoshop, but not in Lightroom. In this exercise, students pass a photograph from Lightroom to Photoshop to apply complex photographic blur effects using various Photoshop blur filters.
Applying iris blur The first exercise in this section starts with a beach photograph in PSD format that is passed from Lightroom to Photoshop using Lightroom’s Edit In > Edit in Adobe Photoshop [xx] command with the Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments option. In Photoshop, the photograph is converted for Smart Filters so that filter effects applied to it can be re-edited if necessary. This process converts the photograph to a Smart Object.