Aug 01, 2014

PHAN WEEK: How to Use the Liquify Tool in Photoshop

How to Use the Liquify Tool

The Liquify Tool is one of the most powerful image editing tools in Photoshop. It will allow you to “push and pull” pixels any way you’d like.

It is a common misconception that the Liquify Tool is only used for making people thin. In this episode we show you another great use for the Liquify Tool – fixing and adjusting clothing.

You will learn some of the key techniques to learning the Liquify Tool including:

  • Change Brush Size Often – Each area of your image will probably require using a different sized brush. The fastest way to change your brush size in Photoshop is to hold Control+Option(Alt) and click and drag your mouse to the left or right. When using a PC be sure to right click.
  • Brush Pressure – It is better to use a lower pressure and make little adjustments than use a high pressure and have to undo your extreme changes.
  • Brush Density – Keep your brush density on the higher end. This will allow you to effect a larger area per stroke, creating more natural alterations.

Color Toning Using Levels

In this episode Aaron also shows you how to color tone your image using Levels. If you have never used Levels to adjust color in your images you will be amazed at how much control you can have using a simple Levels slider. When you need to adjust the colors of your shadows and highlights separately the Levels Adjustment Layer is hard to beat.


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    Keith Law

    Thanks again! I just bought a Wacom intous 5 small. I have been using a cheaper Wacom and wow the 5 is so much better. Thanks for the information to buy the right tablet.

  • online13

    I am thrilled to learn about the liquify tool! Thank you for such a thorough explanation.
    I suspect, though, that the oversized jacket was entirely on purpose and the whole point. That is not a mis-sized women’s jacket – the direction of the button/overlap indicates it is actually a man’s. The mussed hair, now, has much more pleasing thought than simply being unkempt. 😉

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    I’m lovin’ your new website and loads of tutorials especially this Phan Week! I won’t mind taking more than a week or a month to watch all of them. Please do not remove them after Phan Week.

    More power to Phlearn! Stay awesome!

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    helen sotiriadis

    on the latest version of PS CC, click the ‘pin edges’ button to avoid those gaps on the sides of the picture as you work.

    the ‘reconstruct tool’ often does a better job of restoring an area (such as the face) than the mask tool, because it’s softer and can be added selectively after the fact. the mask is usually set on hard edges and results in a seam between the affected and unaffected areas.

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      helen sotiriadis

      not to say that you can’t soften the mask edges or the harden the reconstruct tool 😀
      those are just my settings when i work.

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    Albert Nguyen

    Hi long time subscriber, first time commenter. I absolutely loved this tutorial! Thank you so much. But I would like to see the a tutorial on fashion compositing and in what i mean to take a photo of model shot in studio with solid background and place into a outdoor scene and making it look as real as possible. Nothing too extreme. Thank you!

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    Hello Aaron,
    many times when you were talking about the liquify tools in your (awesome) tutorials you mention that basically the Warp tool is the only useful one.
    I just found a very good “use case” for the pucker tool – when editing a headshot the collar of the shirt was a little too wide – therefore the pucker tool was perfect to make the shirt fit.

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    Steve Schuenke

    I was wondering if there are any practical differences between using Levels or Curves to color grade an image? And why you would chose one to use over another?

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    Kathie Babcock

    Great tutorial. I enjoy your teaching style. You could save yourself the effort of cleaning up your pulled in edges by clicking “pin edges” in the liquify tool area. i think that will hold the edges where they are.

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    Hey Aaron and fellow Phlearners,

    I’m trying to use the smooth tool in liquify, but to no avail. All of the other liquify tools work. I’m using PS CC. Any suggestions?

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    i dont know why but i didnt finnd the liquify tool in my photoshop!! Where it is !?

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    Discovered you from a couple of days – can’t stop watching!
    I’am not an English native speaker, thank you for being so “clear” while speaking 🙂