Posts tagged "Liquify"

July 15, 2014

2/50 – Making Nondestructive Adjustments using Liquify in Photoshop CC

The Photoshop team has made a significant number of enhancements to the Liquify feature over the years. In Photoshop CS6, they added larger brushes, faster performance (by doing the calculations on the GPU instead of the CPU) and the ability to load the last created Mesh (so that you can apply it to multiple layers or documents). But the icing on the cake happened in Photoshop CC when they made Liquify a nondestructive filter by enabling it as a Smart Filter. This means that not only can you re-edit the filter at any time, but you have access to the Smart Filter mask to selectively show and hide the filter, the Smart Filter Blend Modes and Opacity options and, since you can create a smart object from multiple layers, you can now apply Liquify to all of those layers at once. This video will show you how:

In addition (since the video above was created), Photoshop also added the Smooth tool to help “smooth out” the mesh when moving a portion of the image using many small warps. In the past, many small strokes applied to the mesh could result in scallops or discontinuities in the warp. The Smooth Tool will remove the scallops but leave the overall warp undisturbed. I think of it as if the Smooth tool runs a Gaussian filter over the warp mesh vectors. Note: to view the mesh, check Advanced Mode, then under View Options check Show Mesh.
Another new addition is the ability to “Pin Edges” when using Liquify. This can help eliminate any gaps near the edge of the file when warping the image. The video below shows a quick demonstration:

And don’t forget you can also apply Liquify to a video layer if you convert the video to a Smart Object first.
In addition, here are a few shortcuts when working with Liquify:
The tools:

• “W” – Forward Warp tool

• “R” – Reconstruct tool

• “C” – Twirl Clockwise tool

• “S” – Pucker tool

• “B” – Bloat tool

• “O” – Push Left tool

• “F” – Freeze Mask tool

• “D” – Thaw Mask tool

• “H” – Hand tool

• “Z” – Zoom tool

In addition, Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) toggles between the:
• The Twirl Clockwise and Twirl Counter Clockwise tools
• The Pucker and Bloat tools
• The Freeze Mask and Thaw Mask tools
And, when working with the Push Left tool, clicking and dragging up pushes the content under the brush to the left. Dragging down pushes the content to the right.

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December 11, 2012

Video Tutorial – Julieanne’s Top 5 Features for Photographers in Photoshop 13.1 Exclusively for Creative Cloud Members

In this Episode of the Complete Picture (Julieanne’s Top 5 Features for Photographers in Photoshop 13.1 Exclusively for Creative Cloud Members), Julieanne will demonstrate her top 5 favorite features in Photoshop 13.1 including refinements to the Crop Tool, nondestructive editing with Blur Gallery and Liquify, increased efficiency with Conditional Actions,  practical default Type Styles and support for Retina displays on Macintosh.

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November 27, 2012

Masking Selections with the Liquify Filter in Photoshop CS6

If you have an active selection in your image and choose Filter > Liquify, the Liquify filter will automatically turn the selection into a mask allowing you to manipulate the area within the original selection while masking (or freezing) the unselected area. If you need to manipulate the area outside of the original selection (instead of the inside), in the Liquify dialog, be sure to have the Advanced Options showing and click the “Invert All” button under the Mask Options.

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October 22, 2012

Changing the Brush Size in Liquify

Control + Option-drag (Mac), Right click + Alt-drag (Win) resizes your brush in Liquify. Depending on the size of the change needed, this shortcut might be much faster than using the left and right brackets

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April 30, 2010

Increasing and Decreasing Brush Size

With the Brush Size, Density or Pressure or Turbulent text entree box targeted, use the Down/Up Arrow or Left/Right Arrow keys in order to decrease/increase brush size by 2, (or density, pressure, rate, or turbulent jitter by 1). Add the Shift key to decrease/increase the values by 10.

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April 29, 2010

Adding Turbulence

Using the turbulence tool can help to add a bit of randomization to the content and can be very useful to emulate smoke or reflections in water.

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April 28, 2010

Reverse Direction for Push Left and Mirror Tools

Clicking and dragging up with the Push Left tool pushes the content under the brush to the left. Dragging down pushes the content to the right. Dragging up with the Mirror tool will sample information from the left of the brush, dragging down will sample from the right.

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April 27, 2010

Toggling Between Liquify Tools

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) toggles between the :
• The Twirl Clockwise and Twirl Counter Clockwise tools
• The Pucker and Bloat tools
• The Freeze Mask and Thaw Mask tools

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April 26, 2010

Liquify Shortcuts

Here are the shortcuts for the Liquify tool:
Forward Warp tool W
Reconstruct tool R
Twirl Clockwise tool C
Pucker tool S
Bloat tool B
Push Left tool O
Mirror tool M
Turbulence tool T
Freeze Mask tool F
Thaw Mask tool D

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