This is everything you ever needed to know about Photoshop’s Liquify Tool

Jul 20, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This is everything you ever needed to know about Photoshop’s Liquify Tool

Jul 20, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The Liquify Tool in Photoshop is one of its most controversial and misunderstood features. Many see it as a response when client asks “can you make me skinny?”, but it is so much more than that. While modifying the way people look is almost certainly its most common use, it also offers up some cool creative options.

This video from photographer Nemanja Sekulic shows us the ins and outs of the Liquify tool. Nemanja goes through all of the different settings of the Liquify tool, as well as the new Face Aware Liquify options.

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There’s a lot packed into this this 20 minute video. Far too much to go into detail with her. But it basically breaks down into four sections.

  • 0:40 – The main Liquify tool and it’s most useful features
  • 8:25 – Face aware Liquify, new in Photoshop CC 2017
  • 12:07 – Getting creative with melting text
  • 16:50 – Melting ice cream and other objects in photographs realistically

I have to admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Liquify tool, as a rule. I’m just not into changing the shape of people in post. And I certainly don’t use it to make people slimmer. I do occasionally use it for sections of the environments in which I photograph people, though. It can become a very powerful tool when mastered. And has far more uses than just modifying people.

If you’ve never used Liquify before, the video above will give you a thorough introduction to how it all works. And even if you use it quite regularly, you might pick up a tip or two.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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