Originally Posted by DocSmith
Found it. I'm in Chapter 7, page 140-146. Another problem is that he is using Photoshop CS2 and I'm using CS3 - so some of the options just aren't there. Also, I'm making some assumptions which may not be true. By using the Pen tool and turning the path into a Stroke Path, I can somehow use that stroke path in the Liquify - Freeze filter as the Freeze boundary. It may be that the path I draw is just a guide and not a boundary, that is, as I use the Forward Warp tool the effect will continue beyond the path and not stop at the boundary. Right?
Stroking the path is just so that you can see it better. What he does is the following:
1) Create a path using the pen tool...this indicates where he wants the final shape to be
2) Strokes the path with lime green...this has the effect of making the path more visible...readily apparent soon
3) He then moves this stroked path layer behind the main image in the layers palette...critical step
4) Liquify...now, he wants to view the stroked path so that he has a guide...when in Liquify....Show Backdrop...Choose "Stroked Path" as the backdrop layer...and it should be in front....in essence, the stroked path has become a visible, upfront guide of where he wants the final shape to be
5) The Forward Warp tool is used to pull/push the skin to the Stroked Path. The stroked path doesn't form a hard boundary. It is merely a visual guide to help you along. If you are careless, you can go beyond it. From doing his exercise, he tends to use large diameter brushes with small strokes. And he often pulls the skin into the "stroked path"
The Freeze and Thaw filters are there to help you so that you don't pull skin away from other nearby areas. You only affect the desired area. The freeze and thaw are completely separate from the stroked path, other than the stroked path gives you an indication of where you want to protect nearby areas. In other words, if you are working on her arm that is near her chest, you might freeze her chest area while working on her arm to make sure it falls within the stroked path.
Does that help?