Re: Hi-End Workflow: When to LIQUIFY ?
I didn't feel like anything you said was argumentative or even close. Your approach seems really smart. I'm not questioning your methods, approach or results.
I was just thinking about people who are doing some more radical changes using Liquify. If you do a lot of work to refine the shading on a leg and then you radically reshape it using Liquify, the contours are bound to change. So one's careful work in retouching is then radically reshaped in Liquify.
I like the idea of doing it at the end so it's easily reversible and repeatable.
But it's also important for people to see what they're doing while they're working on it. If an image is going to go through some serious reforming in Liquify, you need to be able to see that in order to see what you're doing.
This isn't really an issue for minor tweaks and subtle adjustments.
Generally speaking I think that that kind of radical reforming should be avoided. And I think it's the kind of stuff that sometimes gives retouchers a bad name. But when you're doing that kind of work, I think it would seriously affect your workflow. And the more radical it is, the more potential there is for messy, stretchy pixels and such.
In that regard, it's kind of like working on an architectural image -- where you're going to want to correct problems in parallax and perspective before you start doing retouching. In a similar manner, radical changes using Liquify are changing the basic structure of the image.
Hope you are doing well. Take care. Alan.
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