Photoshop Liquify Filter for Dummies

One of the most powerful, but often misused tools in Photoshop is the liquify filter. The liquify filter can help you restructure a subject’s shape, hair, or attire. In this introduction to using the liquify tool, I’ll cover ways to enhance your subject’s features so that they maintain natural body proportions.

The liquify filter has a bad rap for being overused to modify people’s bodies to unrealistic proportions. A lot of sites have been created that publish badly photoshopped images, with everything ranging from missing arms and legs, to elongated gorilla arms. The key to using the liquify tool effectively is to make small, seamless, gradual changes to your images.

In the video above, I'll cover the basic tools that I use to liquify subjects and explain exactly why I chose to liquify certain areas.

If you have any questions, please leave your comments below, and if you'd like to, I can also be reached on my Facebook page.

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Jeff Rojas is an American photographer, author and educator based in New York City. His primary body of work includes portrait and fashion photography that has been published in both Elle and Esquire. Jeff also frequents as a photography instructor. His teaching experience includes platforms like CreativeLive, WPPI, the Photo Plus Expo, and APA.

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Awesome. As i become more comfortable using Photoshop, its nice to have video tutorials like this to help me out and show what something does versus just reading what something does.

Thanks for watching JD! I'm glad that I could be of help. :) I'm all for learning how to do something and not just the theory behind it. :)

Sorry, but this isn't photography anymore....this is now illustration. You are changing what the camera captured.

Tell that to any WORKING photographer and they'd disagree. ;)

That includes the top 10 WORKING photographers. :D

Just because they are "working" photographers doesn't mean they are good photographers.

In YOUR perspective. :) we all have opinions. At the end of the day you're a purist. I respect YOUR opinion, but I don't agree with it. have a great day Steve! :D

I'd agree if you said journalistic photography. But if you think you're going to an advertising campaign, personal portrait shoot, or wedding and not retouching, I'm going to sit here and laugh.

Love it. Can't wait to give it a try!

Glad that I can help! Thank you for watching! :)