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Jul 19, 2016

How to Use Face-Aware Liquify in Photoshop

How to Use Face-Aware Liquify in Photoshop CC2015 5.0

Adobe just released a new version of Photoshop CC2015, version 5.0, and with it come some great new tools. In today’s episode, learn how to adjust facial features using Face-Aware Liquify.

How to Open Face-Aware Liquify

First, duplicate the layer containing the subject you want to edit. Go to ‘Filter – Liquify’ to open the Liquify dialogue box, and the Face-Aware Liquify tool will analyze the face or faces in your image for editing. This option will only be available on the latest release of Photoshop, so if you haven’t upgraded your software, be sure to do so.

How to Edit a Face with Face-Aware Liquify

Next, either click and drag the Face-Aware Liquify tool in the preview box, or adjust the sliders in the dialogue box to modify a feature. You’ll have access to the eyes, nose, mouth, and even features like face width and forehead height. The Face-Aware Liquify tool will resize only the parts of the face you want to focus on, making it a handy tool for subtle retouching or creating a silly caricature.

How to Edit Multiple Faces with Face-Aware Liquify

You can also edit multiple faces in an image by selecting the face you want in the drop down box and editing the facial features the same way as above.

If you ever want to undo an edit you made, you can always go back into the Liquify tool and set the effect intensity back to zero.

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    Mikey

    Okay, I love your tutorials, a lot, but why do you need to take up valuable screen real estate with you sitting in a box staring at your mac and barely moving your mouth? Don’t get me wrong, I love ya I really do, but I don’t need to watch you AND your screen do I? Thanks in advance.

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    Vicki Kurasz

    It’s nice to know that PS is catching up with other software. I have been using Portrait Pro for a couple of years that does most of this and so much more. Heck, it can now even easily add make-up.

  • Yal?m

    Hi Aaron, thanks for the tutorial. I’m a photographer and a retoucher from Turkey.
    Portrait Pro 15 from Anthropics that I’ve been using for like 6 months now, does way better job than this and saves a lot of time but, if this feature was on board with PS I might have not bought that software.

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    Michael

    I tried it on some of my pets faces. Glad to see the face liquifly tool works with other types of faces.

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    charles

    You seemed to change both the left and the right feature at the same time. Can you isolate the left ey from the right eye?

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      charles

      Sorry that should read “Can you isolate the left eye from the right eye when you are making adjustments?”

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    Kelley York

    I’m updating PS right now. SO excited about this. I normally do it all by hand. Making book covers, a lot of times I have to adjust expressions or facial features and this has the potential to shave some time off of that process.

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    Dick Colman

    If the subject has a lazy eye can you adjust just one eye to make them equal??

    Great demo

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      Ashley Vincent

      I have the same question as Dick. Surely one of the most useful aspects of a facial feature liquify tool would be enabling the user to slightly open a ‘lazy eye’, as in, just one eye. Unfortunately is seems, however, that this new tool will only allow uniform adjustments to both eyes.

      A response on this point would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  • Janice Kendricks

    Loved your tutorial Aron. Thank you. By the way I saw your PS101 broadcast today. But I couldn’t login for some reason.

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    Carlos

    Thanks again Aaron. I am always grateful to you for sharing your knowledge. I am a surgeon who does something like this this to real faces and have not been totally happy with the commercial software available to predict surgical changes. This brings one a step closer to combine experience with a digital prediction by offering (as the British say) a bespoke solution.

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      Carlos

      I can’t imagine what it would be like if I could duplicate the background layer before surgery.

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    Christine Campbell

    Unrelated to the episode, did you grow you’re hair out because you knew Lin Manuel Miranda was leaving Hamilton and needed a replacement? LOL!

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    John

    Well, yes, that’t a cool new feature, but the moment I tried it I thought that there should be an option to work on symmetric parts separately. Most people have eyes of different size or height or angle and it does not make sense to apply the same liquify to both eyes. Please add that possibility. Also please consider adding ears.

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      Scott

      You could do both on a layer and erase back the other one. (keep in mind i am a beginner at PS so there may be a different way)

  • moti

    thank u for this tutorial.
    can i edit just one eye? from time to time models have different eyes size. if there is a way it will be very very effective.
    Thank u

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    rahul

    hey i am graphic designer from India. i am working in mobile case designing company can you please tell any way to how to do resize multiple design i have to resize my design one by one.i have to give my design in 7*4 inch.

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    Abdul Sattar

    Unbelievable tool you have explained about face liquify. Thank you Aron

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    Namur

    I’m guessing that Portrait Pro won’t be very happy… they have been saling this trick for ages

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    Carlos

    I have tried to use the new liquefy tool on a few different photos in different formats but keep getting the following error message, “the operation could not be completed”

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      Carlos

      In case anyone else is having this problem, Adobe does not have a solution but a workaround exists. In Edit>Preferences>Performance>Graphic Processor Settings uncheck Use Graphics Processor prior to opening the image then after it is open recheck Use Graphics Processor prior to clicking the Liquify tool.

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        Carlos

        I just wish that craniofacial surgery was this easy, ie., as figuring out ways to make Photoshop CC workwhen it utterly refuses to cooperate.

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        Toni

        Photoshop detects my graphics processor but will not let me select it. Which means no joy for many features. PC Win 8

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    Carlos

    Adobe is working on fixing the issues on my Windows computer. On the Mac I tried out my idea and it worked. Just mask out the eye you do not want to affect (yes for all using spellcheck out there the correct word is affect NOT effect, sorry to rant). Thanks.

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    Graham

    Worth mentioning that this feature also requires hardware acceleration, and is therefore only available on PCs that have graphics processors of suitable specification. I was looking forward to this feature, but find that my poor old laptop just isn’t man enough for the job. How long will it be before Photoshop starts requiring ridiculously expensive equipment in order to run, and an ongoing program of hardware upgrades just to keep pace with the new features – therefore taking it out of the reach of the ‘ordinary’ photographer. I can put up with it running slowly, but when features start being denied, I start to feel a little disillusioned.

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      Carlos

      I agree; eventually my graphics card will be made obsolete by Adobe as well. However, do not feel too bad as my supposedly supported graphics card has only resulted in more than a year of compatibility problems with Photoshop such as crashes, features that do not work when then should have and having to figure out workarounds for features that should have worked all along and still do not, or worse that worked until the latest update.

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    Noel

    Another great video that you make easy and fun to follow. (What was that going across the bottom of the screen at 5.51 though? Was it one of the staff drawing out of shot or do you have a large dog with you?) Will be trying this out later thanks.

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    Ray Leduc

    Great tutorial, but you forgot to mention to change the image to a smart object first. You can then switch off the first liquefy attempt and do in again (as a second liquefy attempt) then compare and see which is best. Thanks, again! Ray

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    Fred

    Hey! I really enjoy your teaching style; fun, informative, and informal. Keep up the great work. Thank you Aaron.