Photoshop has a slew of tools you can use to do some serious slimming like fixing flabby chins, shrinking paunchy waistlines, and instantly shaving off pounds. Tools of the body-sculpting trade include the Pinch and Liquify filters, the Free Transform command, and more, all explained in this section. Read on!
You can suck the life out of a flabby chin with the Pinch filter. Sure it sounds gross, but it makes a huge difference and takes mere seconds. All you have to do is duplicate the Image layer and then make a rough selection—the Lasso tool works well—that includes the flab and some of the surrounding details, as shown in Figure 11-10 (bottom left). Next, choose Filter→Distort→Pinch. In the resulting dialog box, enter 100 in the Amount field, and then click OK. If you need to pinch it a little more, press ⌘-F (Ctrl+F) to run the filter again. Easy, huh?
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 can use it to get a waistline under control, add a smile, enlarge lips, and so on (see Figure 11-11).
In CC, the Liquify filter uses your graphics card’s processing power, so it works much faster than it did in previous versions (up to 16 times faster on large files). It also works with Smart Filters, which lets you use it non-destructively on any kind of layer including Shape, Type, and Video. To reopen the ...