Can I really get a tummy tuck?
Yes and you can also give them! This is the power of Photoshop.
You can do real "digital" plastic surgery and weight reduction. There is
simply no better photo post-production tool than Adobe Photoshop. It is
easy for you to make someone look years younger and lose a few pounds. If
only it was this easy in the real world!
In Photoshop 7 or CS you can use the Liquify command to do some
reconstructive surgery or weight reduction. How? Using the tools,
you can shift the pixels into the place you want them. The Liquify command
(under the Filter menu) also allows you to "Freeze" areas around the pixels that
you are going to move; this keeps those pixels in place an unaffected.
Look for an upcoming tutorial on this (yes with real "pictures")
except its tricky to pick someone who'll let you show it to the world
and I can't do it on myself because I don't need a tummy tuck...
Always make sure to duplicate the original layer so you have a backup plan
and then you can liquify or move pixels on that new layer. With the
liquify command you can use different tools to move pixels such as: bloat,
shift, mirror, twirl, push, pucker. You'll want to fool around with these
different tools to get comfortable with what they can do. You can easily
stretch someone's nose or warp their face.
But back to the tummy tuck (also works for minimizing love handles); you'll
want to freeze the areas that you want to keep in place around the area you're
going to shift the pixels. Simply use the Freeze Mask tool with an
appropriate brush size to paint the areas that you want to freeze (you will see
a rubylith mask which will show the frozen areas). You can then use shift
pixels with a large brush size to move those love handles/tummy into the body.
If you don't like your latest moves, you have several options where you can
revert or reconstruct and try again. Revert will slowly bring the actions
back to the original state. You can also click on an off to see a mesh
(technical calculations of your liquifying) which you can also save for later
use. Try out the liquify tool and bring back a younger, fitter look on
yourself or other people.
Fashion editor's will make adjustments like these. Is it ethical?
Absolutely. Make sure you have someone's permission to 'improve' them when
using an image (unless they are family..haha) That's up to you to decide
but keep in mind that you don't want to create a different person per say, you
just want to improve them so they would look "on a really good day" (as
We all know someone who met someone 'online' who didn't look like they did in
the picture, but hey; that's another issue because as Photoshop users we just
want to be the best at what we do. Click here for my complete
- Article by Orion
Williams copyright 2004