08 Using Liquify to reshape an image new

December 8, 2019 posted by

– [Instructor] An easy way to reshape an object is to use the Liquify filter. In this image, I want to reshape the clock, but not the background so it’s going to be easier if I select the clock first and copy it to its own layer. I’ll select the elliptical marquee tool and then click and drag out my marquee. Now, this doesn’t have to be perfect, but I am going to hold down the space bar just in order to reposition it to make it a little bit closer to the selection that I want. And I want to make sure that I am going to include the drop shadow area as well. But again, it does not have to be perfect so that should be just fine. I’ll go ahead and release the mouse in order to get the selection. Then I’ll just Command + J on Mac or Control + J on Windows and that just copies that content to its own layer. Then, if I want to make this distortion in a non-destructive manner, I can right click and convert that to a smart object. I’ll choose Filter, and then Liquify. We have a number of different tools on the left and a number of different settings on the right. The first tool that I have selected is the Warp tool, the shortcut for that is W and as soon as I select that, you’ll notice that can click and drag in the image area in order to warp. Now, we can change the size of the brush and that will obviously enable us to make a much bigger change to the image. I’ll just size that down a bit. We can also change the density of the brush. So that’s the brush strength at the edge of the brush, so let me just make a little warp right here and we can see that the center is changing more than at the edges of the brush. When I increase the density here to 100% and I make that same kind of motion, we can see that the edges are being changed a lot more and I kind of have this more rectangular almost look than I did when I was just stretching it out with the density set lower. All right, the pressure determines the strength of the distortion, so right now when I click and drag it is definitely distorting it, when I lower that, and we click and move the warp tool over here, you can see it’s going to take several different strokes in order to get that kind of movement. So, I’ll just reset that back to 50 and change the density to 50 as well. Now the rate option, that’s for different tools like twirl and bloat, and it determines how much motion there is when you just hold the brush still. And we’ll take a look at that in a moment. All right, the next tool here is the reconstruct tool, and let’s just show the mesh over on the right hand side, so that we can see that we’ve actually made changes to this mesh. I’ll use the right bracket key in order to get a larger brush, and now we can paint with the reconstruct tool if we ever need to put part of the image back. And this is another one of those tools that we can use the rate slider for, so I could decrease that and then as I make these changes they actually happen a little bit more slowly. All right. I’ll tap the E key in order to select the smooth tool, so I’ve made too obvious of a warp, I can just drag this over and kind of smooth it down a little bit. Okay, I’m going to hide the mesh for a moment, and I’m going to tap the C key, that’s going to give me the twirl tool and I’ll use the right bracket again also to get a larger brush and when I click and hold you can see that it is actually twirling that area. Again, if I change the rate and I lower it, then when I click and hold it’s going to move it more slowly. All right let’s bring that back up, somewhere around 75 or 80, and if you hold down the Option key with this, you’ll actually twirl in the opposite direction. Now tapping the S key will give me the pucker tool, I’ll get a little bit larger of a brush and when I click you can see that it makes the area within that brush smaller. Again, if I hold down the Option key, then it will make it larger and what it’s really doing is it’s moving between the pucker and the bloat tool here. So the bloat tool will make things larger, but again holding down the Option key, it will make them smaller, just like the pucker tool. All right I can tap the O key, that’s going to give me the push left or push right, and if I click and then drag down you can see that it pushes everything to the right, if I click and drag up, it pushes everything to the left. Now, there might be times when you want to freeze an area of your image, so you can tap the F key, that gives us the Freeze mask tool, and again, right bracket and we can get this larger, so if I didn’t want to affect the hands of the clock maybe in this area, I could freeze them. And then if I tap W to get my warp tool, and I try to warp those areas, you’ll notice that the areas within that frozen area can not be warped. If I want to thaw an area, I can select that, that’s tapping the D key or selecting the thaw mask tool, but again, the freeze mask and the thaw mask use that Option key so that you could quickly go back and forth between them. So I could unfreeze this or thaw that area there, hold down the Option key and then go ahead and freeze it again. All right, let’s reset this file by quickly clicking the Restore All option. I will go ahead and get a larger brush here and I’m going to thaw that whole interior area, then I’ll tap W to get the warp tool, use the bracket key and get a little bit larger of a brush, and I’m just going to kind of warp the edges here of the clock, coming down, and we can make a few other changes here. I’ll tap the C key in order to get the twirl and let’s just kind of distort the hands of the clock and maybe a little bit of the numbers here, changing again the size of the brush just using the bracket key. Okay, when we’re happy with the distortions, I will click okay, we can see in the layers panel Photoshop has added the Liquify as a smart filter to the smart object and now all I need to do is go in and just erase some of the extra area that I copied to this layer. So, I’ll click on the mask icon at the bottom of the layers panel, I’ll tap the B key to select my paintbrush. I’ll right click on the brush in order to reset the tool. I’ll use the right bracket key to get a little bit larger of a brush, and just making sure that I’m painting with black, I’m just going to paint around the edges here where I can see that I selected too much from the original image. And just remove those. Maybe get a little bit larger of a brush around here. And just remove that area and I’ll do this quite quickly, you might want to spend a little bit more time going around those edges. But I think you are getting the idea. Okay, so let’s just see a before and after. There’s before and there’s after the distortion using Liquify. So there you go, an easy way to change the shape of an object in Photoshop.

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