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I've got a photo with a closed fist and I want to distort a stack of 20 bills so it looks like the fist is holding them. I can distort the bills using the nodes at the top and bottom but I can't grab the nodes in the middle to sort of "pinch" it. (Almost like a bow-tie) Anyone? Oh, and by the way, I'm using a PC....

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    I've got a photo with a closed fist and I want to distort a stack of 20 bills so it looks like the fist is holding them. I can distort the bills using the nodes at the top and bottom but I can't grab the nodes in the middle to sort of "pinch" it. (Almost like a bow-tie) Anyone? Oh, and by the way, I'm using a PC.
    Amy8427@adobeforums.com Guest

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    You can do such things with the Liquify filter, but you have to be patient and experiment with the different types of brushes at different sizes, etc. It's not "automatic."
    John_Mensinger@adobeforums.com Guest

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    You'll have a much easier time if you first use the Free Transform tool, hold down the Crtl key as you take one corner and drag it over to the other side of the image, and then do the same with the same corner on the opposite side (i.e. top left, top right). This will give you the image distortion for the dollar bill's center.
    Ol__Whozit@adobeforums.com Guest

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    OW does crtl allow you to temporarily enter distore mode while in free transform? i usually right click and selcect "Distort" from the pop up context menu. That'd be pretty neat, aside from being a great time saver! Can you confirm?

    thanks, dave
    dave_milbut@adobeforums.com Guest

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    If it were me, I prefer to get a real stack of bills, set up a well-lit photo situation and shoot them myself, clutched and mashed in my own hand.

    Then simply cut them out of that shot and drop em in the other. It'll look better, guaranted.

    It IS called PHOTOshop, after all!
    Phosphor@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Have you tried the filter>distort>pinch?
    sandy_johnson@adobeforums.com Guest

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    I tried using the Pinch filter already, but it didn't actually "pinch" at all. Instead it distored the bottom of the bills in a swishing motion. Weird. Anyway, I ended up using the Liquify filter in Photoshop and then chosing the "pucker" tool. It worked really well!

    Obviously the best way would have been to take a well-lit photo, but I don't have the equipment to do that, so this worked out for me. Thanks everyone!
    Amy8427@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Let's see the "Before" and "After" Amy!

    I'd be interested to see how well it worked for you.
    Phosphor@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Dave, the technique works equally well under Distort and Skew, its just that I keyboard Photoshop a lot, and Ctrl+T is the fastest way to access the Transform tool. The other options limit the transform options somewhat.

    It's still the best way to warp the center of the bills.
    Ol__Whozit@adobeforums.com Guest

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    its just that I keyboard Photoshop a lot, and Ctrl+T is the fastest way
    to access the Transform tool.




    me too. that's why i was asking. after testing, crtl while in standard transform mode DOES allow you to perform the same transformations as switching to Distort mode. releasing crtl puts you back in free-transform. very cool. thanks.

    dave
    dave_milbut@adobeforums.com Guest

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