Use Liquify in Photoshop CS6
Edited by Freya, Amanda, Eng
You're watching VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show you how you can liquify an image in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. As you can see, I already have Photoshop CS6 open, and I've opened an existing document. Refer to our tutorial on opening a document in Photoshop CS6 for more information. In this demonstration today, we're going to edit David Bowie. As you can see, there's quite a good mixture of colors on here.
Make sure the correct layer is selected. Layers are listed on the right-hand side. If the document has more than one layer, click the appropriate layer to select it.
Click "Filter". It can be found in the navigation bar that runs along the top of the program.
Click "Liquify...". It will open up in a new window. At the moment, our brush size is huge. We're going to go to the right-hand side and edit the brush size.
Click on the dropdown menu to the right of "Brush Size".
Adjust the brush size by clicking and dragging on the slider that appears. It goes all the way from 1 to 15,000. That's colossal; we don't need it that big. Let's try 300. We can type a number as well just by clicking and highlighting in the field. Sometimes we can adjust the "Brush Pressure" as well, depending on what has been selected.
Click the icon in the top left-hand corner. This is the forward warp tool. Now we can change the "Brush Pressure".
Click the dropdown menu next to "Brush Pressure".
Click and drag the slider to adjust the pressure. Alternatively, highlight the number in the field and type a new number.
Click somewhere on the canvas, hold, and drag. It pulls the image through, almost like the finger in the icon is doing. It gives some really interesting effects. Play around with it and see what can be done.
Click the icon in the left that is second from the top. It is the reconstruct tool. This is one to take note of.
Begin clicking on the canvas. The more we click, the more it puts the image back to where it should be. It can be useful if we drew too far. This helps us put the image back to how it was. If we click near his forehead, it starts to come back, and he doesn't look like an alien anymore. This helps us undo certain areas. Again, with this tool, we can change the brush size and pressure on the right-hand side, just as we did before.
Click the third icon from the top on the left. This is the pucker tool.
Hover over an area on the canvas and click. Note the crosshairs in the center of the tool. As we click, it shrinks the targeted part of the image down. It's a little bit creepy, in this case. If we hold the button down, it will shrink very far. For more control, we would recommend clicking.
Click the next icon from the top on the left. This is the bloat tool. It looks like a circle. This helps us make things bigger again.
Click on the canvas repeatedly to test the tool. If we're doing this to reconstruct after puckering, we would recommend using the reconstruct tool instead. Don't use the bloat tool to try to undo puckering. This tool makes everything seem as though it's being looked at through a fish-eye lens.
Click the next icon on the left. It is third from the bottom, and it is the push left tool.
Click and hold and drag on the canvas. We are dragging in a similar way as we did with our forward warp tool. This again can be quite interesting, although it's sometimes quite harsh. We could lessen the brush pressure to make it a little bit more subtle. It takes a few strokes if we're using less pressure to get the same effect. Play around with this.
Click the icon that is second from the bottom in the left-hand toolbar. This is our hand tool.
Zoom in by clicking the "+" beneath the image on the left.
Click, hold, and drag on the canvas with the hand tool. We are using the hand tool to navigate. Just click and pull on the screen in the direction that we want to go.
Click on the "-" in the bottom left corner to zoom back out. Alternatively, the last icon in the left-hand toolbar is a zoom tool.
On the right-hand side, click "Restore All" if desired. Now we can start from scratch, while keeping the window open.
Alternatively, click "OK" to save changes and add them to the image. We can also press "Cancel" to go out of Liquify and not save anything.
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Video: Use Liquify in Photoshop CS6
Recent edits by: Amanda, Freya