Edit the image with the Plastic tool in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will explain how to edit an image with the tool. Plastics (Liquify Tool) in Photoshop. Using tool Plastics (Liquify Tool), you can edit photos faster than ever before.

To go to work with the tool Plastics (Liquify Tool), go to menu Filter – Plastic (Filter> Liquify). Make sure the option is turned on. Advanced mode (Advanced Mode). It is necessary in order to see the full list of available tools.

Below I will give a description of each of them.

Tool Deformation (Forward Warp Tool) (W) – allows you to move the pixels in the direction in which you move the tool through the image.

Tool To reconstruct (Reconstruct Tool) (R) – cancels the use of one or another plastic filter tool and returns the original look to the image.

Tool Twisting (Twirl Clockwise Tool) (C) – allows you to rotate the pixels clockwise and counterclockwise.

Tool Shrinkage (Pucker Tool) (S) – compresses and moves the pixels in the center of the image area, which the brush is directed to.

Tool Bloating (Bloat Tool) (B) – moves pixels from the center of the brush’s impact on the image. Great for quickly increasing or expanding parts.

Tool Pixel offset (Push Left Tool) (O) – depending on the location of the brush and the movement of the cursor up or down, moves the pixels to the right or left.

Instruments Freeze / Unfreeze Mask (Freeze Mask Tool) (F) (Thaw Mask Tool) (D) – thanks to the tool Freeze mask (Freeze Mask Tool) (F) You can easily protect certain areas of the image from the effects of distortion. Simply paint over this tool on areas that should not be affected when working with the Plastic filter.
To remove tool exposure Freeze mask (Freeze Mask Tool) (F), select tool Defrost the mask (Thaw Mask Tool) (D) and brush over the “frozen” area.

Instruments Arm (Hand) (H) and Scaling (Zoom Tools) (Z) – allows you to zoom in on the image being edited and easily navigate in the Plastic filter preview window.

Further, on the example of a digital portrait, I will show how to work with the filter Plastics (Liquify Tool).

I noticed that some of the details in the portrait can be corrected. For example, the shape of the head is small, the eyes are slightly narrowed, and in general, some forms in the portrait can be improved.

I will apply a filter to this portrait. Plastics (Liquify Tool), in order to:

  1. increase the size of the eyes;
  2. change the shape of the face;
  3. correct the general form of the portrait

Before you start editing, make sure that all the layers in the image are merged. You can not edit the image filter Plastic Plastic (Liquify Tool) if layers are not merged. Duplicate the original with all layers (just in case), and in the second version merge the layers (Ctrl + E) and edit it on it.

Editing eyes quickly and easily

Go to filter Plastics (Filter> Liquify) and select tool Bloating (Bloat Tool) (B). Enlarge the left eye. To do this, just click the tool. Bloating (Bloat Tool) (B) several times in the eye area. You do not need to edit the right eye – it has the perfect size.

Choose a tool Deformation (Forward Warp Tool) (W) to adjust the shape of the face. I will tighten my chin, straighten my nose, make my neck a little elongated and make my forehead higher.

Also, you can use the Forward Warp Tool (W) to make the face more expressive. For example, you can change the shape of the eyebrows.

Editing hair

For hair editing, I’ll combine the Bloat Tool and the Forward Warp Tool. Slightly expand the body and create the effect of flowing hair. These changes will give the image a balance.

With a few steps, you can significantly enhance the digital image. Below is a portrait of the editing filter Plastic (Liquify) and after.

After adjusting the color of the portrait looks like this:

– before editing do not forget to merge layers;

– always make a copy of the working file in case you don’t like the result of editing;

– turning off and on the visibility of the layer, you can compare the edited image with the original;

– to edit small areas, select them with the tool Rectangular Selection (Rectangular Marquee Tool) (M);

– adjust brush pressure and its size;

– for editing large areas, use large-sized brushes, and for editing small areas – small ones;

Author: Melody Nieves

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