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.

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9 Comments

J D's picture

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.

Jeff Rojas's picture

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. :)

Anonymous's picture

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

Jeff Rojas's picture

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

That includes the top 10 WORKING photographers. :D

Anonymous's picture

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

Jeff Rojas's picture

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

Jacob Allison's picture

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.

Ross Thomas's picture

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

Jeff Rojas's picture

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