Photoshop Tutorials - Liquify Module
Photoshop contains great module named Liquify. It is actually a program developed to distort the images in various ways. It is frequently used to make fun, changing somebody's photos. This module can be found in Filters > Liquify. The window that opens may scare you at first with a great variety of tools and their settings.
At first, I will tell you that there is a Zoom option and a Hand tool that you can use to change the image scale and navigate around it.
Warp Tool - this is most frequently used tool in the Liquify module. It is similar to the Smudge tool. It takes pixels from the brush area and carries them away to the area outside the brush. You can set the effectiveness of the tool determining what percentage of the pixels is carried away to what distance from the brush.
Turbulence Tool - this tool randomly mixes the pixels randomly, but often this gives impressive and artistic results. It has a Turbulence Jitter setting that sets the intensiveness of the tool work.
Twirl Clockwise Tool - rotates the image area that the tool is applied to. You do not need to move the tool, just keep the mouse button pressed for several seconds.
Twirl Counter Clockwise Tool - works like the previous tool, but it twirls the image counter clockwise.
Pucker Tool - this tool allows you to narrow the image areas. It pulls the pixels from the edge of its brush to the center of it.
Bloat Tool - enlarges the image areas that it is applied to. Its effects are opposite to the Pucker tool.
Shift Pixels Tool - the tool is similar to the Warp Tool, but the pixels are shifted perpendicular to the direction in which the mouse movement.
Reflection Tool - pixels inside the area that is captured by the brush reflect from the border of the image area. The image can be changed beyond recognition with this tool.
Reconstruct Tool - this tool is similar to the History Brush tool. It rolls back all the distortions made by any Liquify module tools.
Freeze Tool - this tool you selects the area of the image that becomes locked for editing. You paint the area that you want to remain untouched with this tool.
Thaw Tool - removes the effect of the Freeze Tool.
I would like to describe you the parameters of these tools. Let me explain you how the Liquify module works. Liquify module pulls the image over the mesh, then the mesh is changed according to the type and parameters of the tool applied. How can these changes be saved. We can perform Save Mesh operation. If we want to apply same changes to another image we can use Load Mesh option.
Tool Options are the settings that affect any of the Liquify tools:
Brush Size - sets the size of the tool brush
Brush Pressure - the effectiveness of the tool brush that is applied
Reconstruction option allows you to undo the changes made (similar to the History Brush tool). Its parameters are:
Mode - sets the mode in which the cancellation of your actions occurs.
Reconstruct - shows how the actions are un-done in animated manner.
Revert - all the actions performed are cancelled at once.
Freeze area - the area that the Freeze tool is applied to. Its parameters:
Invert - inverts the freeze tool selection.
Thaw all - removes all of the selections made with Freeze tool
View options allow you to set up the program interface:
Frozen Areas - displays the selection of the frozen areas.
Image - displays/hides the image
Mesh - displays/hides the mesh
Mesh size - sets the size of the mesh
Mesh color - sets the color of the mesh
Freeze color - sets the color of the frozen areas.