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Chapter 14. Manipulating Images with Fil... > Working with Liquify Tool Options

Working with Liquify Tool Options

The Liquify Tool options control the brush tip. Since all the Liquify commands are executed with a brush, it's important to understand how you control the brush tip. When you apply the brush stroke the faster you drag the mouse the less effect is applied to the image; if you drag slowly, you gain more control and the effect is more intense. Practice dragging the cursor over the image to produce different effects, and if you make a mistake, don't forget the undo key—Ctrl+Z (Win), +Z (Mac).

Work with Liquify Tool Options

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 tool options:

  • Brush Size. Select a value (1 to 600).

  • Brush Density. Select a value (0 to 100). Brush Density controls how much the brush feathers at the ends. Lower values equal increased feathering.

  • Brush Pressure. Select a value (1 to 100). Determines how quickly a liquify effect is applied to the image, when the brush is moving. The lower the value, the slower the effect.

  • Brush Rate. Select a value (0 to 100). Determines how quickly a liquify effect is applied to the image, when the brush is stationery. The lower the value, the slower the effect.

  • Turbulent Jitter. Select a value (1 to 100). Controls how tightly the Turbulent Jitter tool distorts the image. The higher the value, the more distortion.

  • Reconstruct Mode. Determines how the Reconstruct tool restores the image. Click the list arrow, and then select from the available options:

    • Revert

    • Rigid

    • Stiff

    • Smooth

    • Loose

  • Reconstruct. Click this button to reconstruct the image stage by stage.

  • Reconstruct All. Click this button to restore the image to its original state.

  • Stylus Pressure. Select this check box if you're using a drawing table to allow pressure on the table to control pressure applied with the Liquify brush.

Click OK.


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