Liquify Filter


Adobe® Photoshop® Deep Dive: Filters


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Liquify Filter

And we'll start playing with thehe liquefy filter so now we're working in folder number six in the exercise files and we're gonna have a lot of found this filter so let's, go ahead and open up all these images and typically what you're going to use liquefy for is to fix some little problem areas. Well, this is one of the new head shots that I got done by the corniche ellos again cornered teller photography dot com and I really, really love the top half of this photo, but the bottom half of it, especially this area right over here, I don't know what went on, but let me turn on the original and I'll turn off the liquefied version. Yeah, there's no extra skin there that we're going to get rid of if only we could do this in real life, I guess we could with exercise, but I always spill my cocktail and I'm exercising and I haven't worked out a way around that, yeah, but I'm working on it so let's, go ahead and take a look at how to fix things like this so liquefy is a great place to do a lit...

tle digital nipping and tucking or, you know you could make things bigger also a great way to spend your time after a break up, a divorce, a family reunion, etcetera, etcetera so let's take a peek at this I'm gonna go ahead and turn off the layer that I made for you so once again we're going to click to activate as many layers as the image is comprised of then we're going to come into the filter menu and she's convert for smart filters now new info shops sisi is the ability to use liquefy as a smart filter we've not had that in previous versions, so that is new and photoshopped cc if you do not have photo shop cc, then you have to duplicate your image layer tio run liquefy non destructively, but in c c we can do it with smart filters, so here we are in the smart filter or the liquefied dialog box rather and you can use your zoom keyboard shortcuts just like you would in the regular photo shop window so we can press command plus two zooming in if we'd like command or control plus on a pc command minus zooms back out and let's go ahead and turn off the show mesh I call it down here in the view options discussed that helps us see what we're doing a little bit better we'll turn it on here in a minute as I show you what liquefies actually doing now that we're zendon we can press and hold our mouse or our space far rather and then drag with our mouths to reposition the preview to another part of the image so let's zoom in on the area that we need to fix here we go now the first thing I want to do when I'm ready to start fixing it is I want to protect this pattern on my shirt down here I don't want any of that to get squid stir stretch or sloppy job because that would be a telltale sign that some photoshopping did indeed go on in this photo and I don't necessarily want you to know that any photo shopping went on so let's freeze that area well to get to the all the tools that are available in the style I box, you need to make sure that you've turned on advanced mode let me show you what happens when you turn it off with it off I've got precious few tools over here, but when I turn it on, I get all kinds of tools over there so that's really what we want so if you don't see the tools that I have on my screen is make sure that you got advance mode turn on now let's come over here to the liquefy dialogs tools because these filters air really little applications running inside of photo shot they oftentimes have their own set of tools so they'll always appear on that left hand side over the they're so let's come down here to the freeze mask tool keyboard shortcut is if so, let's give that tool a click to activate it that let you tell photo shot by painting what parts of the image you want to preserve so it's not going to squish in stretch in pool any area that you pain across with this tool. So if you've got an area that has a pattern that's near to the area that you're fixing, go ahead and freeze it in photo shop as this nice little red overlay to let you know the area that's frozen and if you accidentally freeze too much, then you're going to use the next tool down, which is the fall a mask tools are freezing and thawing of course we are and then you can come down here and saw or remove the overlay from the area that you did not mean to freeze in the first place. So now we're ready to go ahead and start pushing and pulling pixels around. So to do this particular kind of nipping and tucking let's reach for the forward warp tool when it was at the very top of the tools panel in the liquefied dialog box, so give it a single click come down to your image we can use are saying keyboard shortcuts for adjusting brush size so the right bracket key will go up and brush size the left bracket key will go down in birth size and for this particular nip and tuck, we're going to have a pretty decent sized brush so as we click and drag inward we can see that we are pushing and pulling those pixels around pretty amazing her well, another new thing that we got in photo shops sisi was the ability to smooth the area that you've retouched with this told to make it look a little bit more realistic so let's say for example that I had a smaller brush and I came in here and I was trying to push this up and then it just got a little weird and I really couldn't smooth that out with the brush like the more I mess with it the funkier gives well, this is a great application for the new smooth tool in the new smooth tool is again on lee in cc and it lives right here so it's a third tool down and you can see that the icon of the tool itself kind of gives you an idea what it's going to do is just going to smooth your re touches or smooth the mesh. Rather that photo shop is using tio control where you're pushing and pulling those pixels around so let's give it a click tio activated and will come up in breast size and what we're going to do is just click and drag across the area that we re touched and as we do that photo shops going to bring back some of the original image but not all of it so it's very similar to a to the reconstruct all that we've had in liquefy for several versions now which brings back the original image but this one is like a lower strength version of that so it's a little more subtle the bigger your brush the more noticeable the effects of the smooth too we're going to be so see how we just brought back a little bit of the original and smoothed it right out so I'll press commands your controls these it toe undo all of that and it was turned on the meesh and then I'm going to turn off the show image so you can kind of see what's happening here see the mish is distorted in this area or that's where our pixels are being distorted and this is the manner in which those pixels are being distorted. So now that we have just the mash turned on and I brushed over that with the smooth tool I'll go down and brush size a little bit he's in my bracket keys then you can see as I brush across that mesh how it just kind of smooths it out so it make sure retentions look a little bit more realist stick so the smooth tool is new in cc so go and turn her image back on in turn off our mish and we need a little bit more smoothing in this area because it looks little funky here we go let's go ahead and click ok and see if we like the results so again to topple the visibility often on of the filter itself don't reach for this visibility I box that turns the whole layer off you want to reach for the filters visibility I which is directly to the left of its name so there's the before and there's the after so just one more time let me back up there we go so let's activate the layer choose filter layer or layers convert for smart filters I would probably save this retouch in my work flow until after I cropped in color corrected and all that so my document would probably be comprised of several layers and then I would turn those all into a smart object and then we would liquefy so I would consider liquefy kind of in the special effect realm so I tend to save those things till after I've done global color and they're lighting and tone ality changes I'd also save color tints black and whites and that kind of thing after I've done all the basic stuff but for color tents in black and white I'd go ahead and do any retouching like little spot removal you know zap a few moles, bags, blemishes, all that kind of stuff ok so we've got our smart objects now let's go back up to filter cheese liquefy let's zoom in to the problem area of our image use your space bar to move around within the image which was aimed in we're going to make sure that our advanced mode checkbox has turned on so that we can see all of our tools we're going to grab the freeze mask tool and we're just simply going to paint the area that we don't want tio change so any time you got patterns near the area you're going to be nipping and tucking do you want to make sure to freeze them it's now let's grab the forward warp tool make our brush a little bit bigger and let's just fix that little spot right there when you get it just about right then let's reach for the new smooth toll and just click and drag across the area as much as you need to do to make you look real if we keep painting back and forth with the smooth tool we will eventually be back at the original image which isn't what we want we must move it a little bit now we can click ok incidentally also knew in photo shops sisi is this load last mesh button so if I had several shots of me in this post same lining everything that I wanted to fix even if I didn't save the mess to use later I could load the last mission if this was the last image that I corrected and it would automatically do my same re touches to another photo that's handy for you as well and let's just have a little fun with this so something else that's always bothered me about me is these little bitty tee I mean really these teeny tiny teeth come on so to illustrate another tool that you might use so it's this freeze uh some lip area here if we don't want to mess with that so we can freeze a little bit of that always freeze the area that you don't want to mess with which is also finished like painting on red mustache that's fun so now let's go grab over the bloat tool say you can come over here to these anybody teeth and we can make him a little bit there just by clicking this is also great to do on eyes if you've got a portrait of somebody and their eyes looked like little slips or almost slam shut when they're smiling if you use the blow tool and just click on those eyes open him up just a little bit more was this a trick I use sometimes on group shots so we're just enlarging these teeth just a little bit and that's going to be better and let's say that I decided I wanted to mess with those lips so that's another thing that I really that really bothers me, so I'm gonna fall this mask down here, and what we're going to do is try to increase the size of these little bitty lips. So with liquefy you can become the person that you've always wanted to be isn't that fabulous so we can come down here, we're back with the forward warp tool, and we could just make these little bit bigger. The blow tool might also work in the situation a little bit harder to use it on lips because, you know, they don't fit easily inside of a round brush cursor and of course, there's not a lot. I can do it here because we just don't have anything to work with dad given this is fun hey can't get to yourself. Who can you do it to me? Really? If you learn how to do this stuff to your portrait, you will become the most favorite photographer in your media circle of both clients and friends. So let's, say that's good. We can do a little smoothing on our changes here. Just a little bit around that edge right there. Click ok. And now, let's, take a look at our handiwork. So are before and after so we fixed that arm weirdness and now let's, come up here. And let's do we'll stay mental bit and before and after we like that I like that much better so those are just some of the things that you can do with liquefy now let's take a look at another use at least before you jump into that we had a quick question that came in from the internet one of our people in the online world says that when they're trying to open up the liquefy tools sometimes way to treat it they get their system bogs down is there a way to limit the amount of pixels that you're working on in the liquefy tool till to work on a smaller section of the liquefied tool that's a great question into my knowledge I don't know of a way tio limit that okay thank you that's where lots and lots of memory comes into play on your computer if you're running photoshopped max out your memory just put as much memory into your computer as you can because especially things that are very processor intensive like liquefy you need a lot of memory for those things to function so I would I would pop some more memory into that computer and it might fix that problem thank you ok so let's come over here and take a look another use of liquefy so let's watch this girl's arms so this is the original inish and this is what we were able to deal with liquefy again just with freezing the areas that have a pattern so freezing the seams on her shirt right here and maybe freezing this area right here and then you could use the bloat tool that kind of pump up her biceps just a little bit so that's another fun little trick that in my personal humble opinion can increase your photography business and increase the sales of some of your portrait is funded usable special effects like this to parents will buy this stuff like crazy and they guarantee the parents would rather buy uh the after version she the daughter will want her parents to buy the after version not that version not that there's anything wrong with very slender arms but when you've got a superhero cape on, come on now another fun thing that we can now do with liquefy and photo shops sisi is safely use it on text layers so let's create this little thing right here so what we're going to do is let's just start over in a new for this one so let's press command or control in for a new document and we're just going to use one of photo shops canned preset sizes will go too let's say webb here in the pre set menu endless just let it roll with eight hundred by six hundred it'll be more than big enough for for what we're doing click ok do you men all the way now? Let's press t to grab the text tool, so we're gonna type some text and we'll type the word liquefy now. Another will tip for you anytime you're adding text to document, see how it's kind of going off the edges of the screen. You don't have to switch to the move tool to move that text around while you're in the act of typing it. If you simply will zoom in if you simply mouse away just a hair from the text, then your cursor turns into an arrow and you can use that to move the text around. A lot of folks think you gotta switch to the hotel, which is a huge pain, so now I can just click and drag that sauce that thing a little it's the little things, so now it's also double click to activate the word and let's increase the size of this text with another handy keyboard shortcut shift command greater than on a mac or shift control greater than on the pc and, as you might suspect, shift control less than shift command less than on the mat goes down and point size, so any time you're experimenting with point size, I always do visually, I never know, of course I want under seventy eight point text, I never knew that so here gave him on a mouse away from the text and move it back over onto our document where we can see it and while it's highlighted those, go ahead and use the options bar to make it a different color that's gonna be a little bit more fun than black so here's your little color swatch and the options bar so just give it a single click and up pops the color picker and let's just make it yellow so we're going to choose the range of colors over here with the rainbow bar and then with this section we're going to sell photo shop how light or how dark we want that color to be click ok now let's turn it into a smart object so that we can run the liquefy filter so let's, go ahead and choose filter convert for small filters, back it to the filter menu and choose liquefy. Now for this particular technique, we don't need to freeze anything so let's just go ahead and click to activate the forward warp tool like the other filters we've been using lets you change the settings in these filter dialog boxes, they stay changed until you change them back, so typically the forward work tool is always active when you come into this dialogue, but if you used another tool like we did recently, then that's, the total will be active so go ahead and grab the forward work tool and for this one let's go way up and brush size with our bracket keys and we can just have a lot of fun with this I mean, isn't it awesome to be ever thought about using liquefy for text and you could make some really interesting the effects with this I mean just imagine event posters do this on a headline treatment really grab somebody's eye let's go ahead and click ok, so now we've got our funky liquefy can we ended our text course we can how would we do that? Let's doubleclick are smart object to expand it there we are back in our techs so it popped open in a brand new temporary document you know is temporary because it's got that psb stands for photo shot big that's just a way for it to open it really, really big files that s o here waken simply type in something else file save closed the temporary document my person commander control w and now the same liquefy filter has been applied tio the new text so you could do that all day long another little quick filter usage for you is sometimes when I need to make a new background I'll use the clouds filter which lives in the render categories and I were skipping ahead in the category and I'll show you this again later on today but I just want to give you a sneak peek I want to create a brand new background and I want to make it kind of blew funky light blues and dark blues so when I'm going to do is set my foreground background color chips in my tools panel teo the two colors that I wanted makes together to make this cool new abstract background so I'm going to click the foreground colored ship and I'm just going to choose a nice dark blue and then I'm going to click the background color chip and I'm also going to choose a blue but I'm going to make it quite a bit lighter. Here we go now you can see and my tools panel my color chips are set to the two colors I want to mix together now I'm going to turn this layer into a smart object and we're going to come into the filter menu and we're gonna come down to the render category and choose clouds and what photos shot did was it took my two colors of my color ships for kind of background and it mixed them together in kind of a rough cloud, a pattern and a lot of times when I make me backgrounds with his particular filter, I'll trot back into the filter menu and I'll just run that filter again several times because watch what happens is we keep pressing command if it just keeps changing, so when you get the look that you want, then you stop so that's, another little trick for you, we're going to see that trick again later on. So this is just another version that I made for you that's in there so you can see you can make some really cool effects with this and then here's our render clouds that that we used right there, it's a studio audience have any questions on what we just looked at in the liquefy filter? Um, when you were doing your arm, you had more of a freeze line than you did when you were doing your lips. Is there like a ratio or is that just from playing around? Oh, that doesn't make since late. Yeah, just playing around with it. Yeah, so you'll be able to experiment. It just depends on how big the area is that you want to protect, so if you know that you don't have to make that area really thick like I did, like on my shirt down there, but since I was going to use a larger brush to push those pixels back up where they ought to be, I was afraid that my brush would kind of go over onto that area. But when I was messing with my teeth, my brush was really small, so I didn't have tio mask a whole lot of it also just depends on what you're facing how big your brush is going to be to fix that area so just real quickly let's do that one again here so it's pressed t to grab the text tool liquefy mouse away from it to scooted over double click it highlighted and use our keyboard shortcut shift command greater than a shift control greater than to increase size and now we're going to make a smart object out of it actually we could make it yellow first let's double click the type player click the blue icon or the color swatch rather let's call that good in the options bar to change your text color, but you do have to have the text highlighted for that tour just like a word processor. If you can change the color types nowhere processor it needs to be highlighted first, so now we're ready to turn that text layer into a smart object protects the content right wraps it up in a nice a plastic wrapper that way the liquefy filter happens to the rapper not to the text there are canadian bacon still let's go back up to filter she's liquefy and you could just have a heyday with this and you're going to get a different look depending upon how big your brushes. So, you know, you can play around with that, to really make it look drippy, or what have you good times are here, click. Ok, so now we've got funky text. If we want to edit that tech simply. Doubleclick, that smart object opens up in a new document. Make your text changes file safe right here. It's not lit up here because we haven't actually made any changes, but when you do, it will be, and then disclose it. Can your changes will be updated back here in your document, so lots of fun with a liquid fire. If you do a lot of reattaching, the changes in the liquefy filter alone might be worth the subscription to the creative cloud. To be quite honest.

Class Description

In this deep dive, Lesa takes you deep into the wide world of filters to create a multitude of special yet practical effects. She'll take you well beyond blurring and sharpening, and you'll learn handy uses for nearly every single filter in the menu. You'll also learn how to use filters non-destructively, how to access filter blending options, and more!

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.0