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Chapter 14. Manipulating Images with Filters > Modifying Images with Liquify

Modifying Images with Liquify

The Liquify filter gives you amazing control over an image. For example, you can distort the image pixels almost as if the image were an oil painting that had yet to dry. In addition, you can magnify specific areas of an image or reduce them in size. The Liquify filter lets you push, pull, rotate, reflect, pucker, and bloat any area of an image. The distortions you create can be subtle or drastic, which makes the Liquify command a powerful tool for retouching images as well as creating artistic effects.

Modify Images with Liquify

Open a document.

Select the Layers palette, and then select the layer you want to liquify.

Click the Filters menu, and then click Liquify.

Select from the following Liquify tools:

  • Forward Warp. Pushes pixels in front of the brush as you drag.

  • Reconstruct. Drag the image, using a specific brush size to restore previously modified areas of the image.

  • Twirl Clockwise. Click in an area to twirl the pixels (contained inside the brush tip) clockwise. To twirl counter clockwise, hold down the Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) key.

  • Pucker. Click and hold to move pixels towards the center of the brush tip.

  • Bloat. Click and hold to move pixels away from the center of the brush tip.

  • Push Left. Drag to push pixels to the left of the brush tip. For example, dragging straight up pushes pixels to the left, and moving to the right pushes pixels up.

  • Mirror. Drag to copy pixels to the left of the stroke.

  • Turbulence. Smoothly scrambles the pixels in an image. Creates realistic waves or fire.

  • Freeze. Paints a mask over an area of the image, and then protects that area from change.

  • Thaw. Erases the mask created with the Freeze tool.

  • Hand. Drag to move the visible image. Useful if the image is larger than the physical document window.

  • Zoom. Click to zoom in on a specific area of the image. Click and drag to define an area to zoom in on. Hold down the Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) key and click to zoom out.

Click OK


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