Digital Slimming

The liquify filter is a wonderful tool that can be used to slightly slim the arms, under the chin, and along the body line. Here's how it's done:

1. In Photoshop, go to Filter>Liquify. (Make sure you are working on a flattened image.)

2. Using a very large brush, select the Forward Warp tool and carefully nudge along the length of the arm to slightly slim it. Moving to the inside of the arm, reduce the size of the brush and nudge along the inside of the arm.

3. Using the Pucker tool, gently reduce the area under the chin, along the chin line, and at the cheek area. Go slow and keep an eye on your results, backing up if the correction does not look natural.

Top—The liquify filter was chosen, and a large brush was used to nudge along the length of the arm. Bottom left and right—Next, the Pucker tool was used to slightly slim under and around the chin and in the cheek area.

Fertility Goddess Maternity Photography

Left—The forward warp tool was used to put a little more curve in the back for a slimmer appearance. Right—The Pucker tool and Forward Warp tool were used on the other side of the tummy to slightly slim and enhance the body line.

4. Moving to the midsection, you can create the illusion of a slimmer subject by putting a little more curve in the back. Using the Forward Warp tool again, slightly push the curve of the back in.

5. To further give the impression of a slimmer midsection, take the Pucker tool and the Forward Warp tool to the other side of the tummy and gently push in the edges.

Once the subject is retouched, you can further enhance the image using Nik

Software's Midnight filter, as demonstrated below.

Left—The forward warp tool was used to put a little more curve in the back for a slimmer appearance. Right—The Pucker tool and Forward Warp tool were used on the other side of the tummy to slightly slim and enhance the body line.

NIK SOFTWARE'S MIDNIGHT FILTER

Creating portraits reminiscent of paintings is very easy with Nik's Midnight filter, found in the Nik Color Efex 2.0 Stylizing Filter set. The filter softens the edges in the image, darkens shadow areas, and lightens highlights. With the right image, the filter can be a perfect creative tool for creating a romantic, moody effect.

With the filter's contrast-altering qualities in mind, the original image was created using a lighting ratio of3:l, rather than the 5:1 ratio I typically favor

Baby Vagina
This screen shot shows the original image and the effect of applying the Midnight filter.

for pregnancy portraits. The image was lighter than usual, with both the subject and surrounding area well illuminated.

Once installed, the Nik filters can be accessed via Photoshop's Filter menu.

To create the final image, the following steps were employed:

1. In Photoshop, the background layer of the original image was duplicated (Layer>Duplicate Layer).

2. With the duplicate layer active, the Midnight filter was selected (Filter>nik Color Efex Pro 2.0: Sylizing Filters>Midnight filter).

3. In Nik's Basic palette, the following slider amounts were set: Blur = 40%, Contrast = 15%, Brightness = 100%, and Color = 100%.

4. The Protect Highlights slider and Protect Shadows slider were both set to 50%.

5. With the settings in place, I clicked OK.

6. When the effect was complete, the image layers were merged (Layer>Flat-ten Image) and the image was saved and closed.

The final image. Note the Midnight filter's effect on the highlights and shadows in the image.

Though the entirety of the image shown here was treated with the Midnight filter, you can use the settings in the Nik Selective palette to selectively apply the effect. To do so, you can apply the effect to the overall image, as outlined above, then use the Erase tool in the Selective palette. To do so, choose the Erase mode, select a suitable brush size in Photoshop's Options bar, reduce the tool's opacity, paint over areas that should appear slightly lighter and sharper (e.g., the eyes and the highlights in the hair), and hit Apply. Alternatively, you can simply select the Midnight filter from the Selective palette, adjust all of the sliders in the Basic and Advanced palette as desired (see steps 3 and 4 above) and then click on the Paint button to selectively add the filter to specific image areas. When the image appears as you desire, hit Apply. For the majority of the images in this book, the entire image was covered except for the eyes, lips, and sometimes hair.

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