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Learn to love the Liquify tool

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
August 19, 2015

Discover how the Liquify tool can be a fun and creative way to enhance your Photoshop creations…



1. Place the images


Open your background and camera images. Grab the Quick Selection tool and select the camera. Mask it and place it over the background. Duplicate the camera layer.

2. Start melting


Head to Filter>Liquify. Select the Freeze Mask tool, and mask the top half of the camera. Grab the Forward Warp tool (W), set the brush size to 250, the Density to 100 and the Pressure to 40. Push the bottom pixels out to create the effect.

3. Create a new layer


Go to Layer>New>New Layer and name it Colour. Click OK and drag it under the Camera’s layer. On the toolbar, select the foreground colour and enter colour #0e131d. Hit (B). Choose a hard brush and paint the effect. Then merge the layers.

4. Clip the layers


Place a rough texture over the picture and clip the layers. Create a layer mask (Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All). Use a soft brush to mask out the lens and some parts of the camera.

5. Place more images


Place a lava image. Drag the corners to resize, use the Warp mode to reshape and hit Enter. Set the blend mode to Screen. Rasterize the layer, open Levels (Cmd/Ctrl+L), adjust the shadows and click OK. Place more images and clip the layers.

6. Create more composition


Place fire and smoke images. Use the handles to resize and hit Enter. Change the blend mode to Screen, and on the Layers palette set the Fill to 45%. Place as many images as you want, to create a nice composition.

7. Add shadows and highlights


Click on the Camera layer and open a new layer. Name it Dodge and Burn. Change the blend mode to Overlay, check Fill with Overlay-neutral colour and click OK. Grab the Dodge and Burn tool and paint in shadows and highlights.

  • Great work

  • Hi there,

    So I have been checking out a few of your tutorials on here and whilst the finished article looks fantastic I don’t think the article goes in to a lot of detail. For instance you could you could say why you are doing certain sections in a particular way or using a certain blending mode and what it offers the others don’t I understand you can’t do this on every tutorial though. Also when you mention tools like the “Warp tool” how do you get to this tool. I am thinking more from a beginners point of view. Hope you don’t take my suggestions in a bad way it really is more cc.

    Oh and ill bookmark this site looking forward to seeing more tutorials 🙂 great work on the tut above btw!


  • Nicely done!