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Use "Liquify" to slim people... just a bit!

Have you ever been asked to make people you shoot look thinner? All the time right? Well, if you are shooting thousands of pictures, that would be a hassle and I would rather use Transform under Lightroom Lens Correction panel to do the job. Just increase a tiny bit the Aspect slider to the right for all photos with that subject appearing in them.

However, this tutorial is about Photoshop Liquify filter and how you should work with it.

  • First create a duplicate layer for a non-destructive workflow. The Liquify filter affect pixels in your photo, an additional reason why you shouldn't be working on the background layer in Photoshop. To duplicate the layer hit Cmd+J (Mac) or Ctrl+JK (PC) or drag the background layer to the "Create new layer" in the bottom of the Layers panel.
  • Go menu - Filter - Liquify or Shift+Cmd+V (Mac) / Shift+Ctrl+V (PC). A new screen will open. See below.
  • For the sake of this tutorial we will be working with the first tool on the top left; The Forward Warp Tool. As it name suggests we will be using small repetitive strokes on the subject to warp in and out depending on the final result. The bigger the brush size the better and smoother the results. To change the brush size use the left and right bracket keys or just adjust the top right slider to your taste. 
  • Now give small nudges of strokes in and out on the subject. I have exaggerated mine just to show you where you can go with this amazing tool (Sorry Fuad)

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After

So easy, isn't it? Well it is now your turn. Don't be afraid and practice this amazing tool on a duplicate layer to exploit its powers. Remember though for the feminine subjects to be subtle and to work on the complete body lines i.e. hips, button, bust, and belly. See below the below and after (sorry Maya this time...)

Before

After

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