Thanks for those tips, Shaw. And your very useful before-after samples.
I didn't know about liquify--what an amazing tool.
I tried it out on the uniform shirt and was able to give a little extra muscle to balance out Sisko and Khan. What a rich function it is... looks like there's a lot to learn about it.
Sorry, when I said "blur tool" I mean the blur filter. The strength setting is rather obvious on the tool, but for the filter I can't find anything. Is there a way to set the strength for that? I'll have to give the Gausian blur a try, as that filter provides strength settings upfront.