Liquify is one of the many things to learn in Adobe Photoshop. Today I am writing a step by step tutorial on how to liquify pixels with Adobe Photoshop.

I hope this will help the readers to learn about photoshop tools. If not, then it would at least help them to solve their confusion.

How to Use The Liquify Tool in Photoshop: Step by Step Guide

Step 1: Open the Image in Photoshop

Open the image in Photoshop by clicking > File from the menu bar. Then click > Open.

Liquify Tool in Photoshop

Step 2: Create a New Layer

Copy the background and create a new layer in the Layers panel.

How to create a new layer

Step 3: Select Liquify Tool

Go to Filter > Liquify (Shortcut: Shift+Ctrl+X) on the top menu

Filter Liquify tool

A new layer of liquifying will open at this stage.

new layer of liquifying

Step 4: Use of Forward Warp Tool

Select the Forward Warp Tool (Shortcut: W) from the menu bar of the Liquify Layer

Forward Warp Tool

Step 5: Change the Brash Size

Fix the brush size that you will be needed during editing. You can also do it using the shortcut button ( ] ) to increase the size and ( [ ) to decrease the size of the brush.

Fix the brush size

Step 6: Fix the Image and Check Differences

Use the brush to fix the distorted pixels on the images. Click on the “Show backdrop” option in the right menu to check the differences

brush to fix the distorted pixels

Step 7: Use of Freeze Tool

To avoid disturbing other pixels around, freeze the pixels around.

For freezing the pixels, select the Freeze Mask Tool (Shortcut: F) from the left menu bar of the Liquify Layerand drag the brush on the pixels you want to freeze. Click on “show mask” to see the masked areas on the image. Interestingly, the highlight of the marked pixels can be changed

freeze the pixels around

Step 8: Use of Zoom Tool

Click on the magnifying glass sign from the menu bar of the Liquify Layer (Shortcut: Z) to select zoom tool. Click on the image to zoom in and click along with pressing the (alt button) to zoom out.

magnifying glass

Step 9: Use of Pocker Tool

Select the Pucker Tool (Shortcut: S) from the left menu bar of the Liquify Layer. Click on the image to make the pixels cozy like billow example.

Pucker Tool

Step 10: Use of Bloat Tool

Just like the Pucker Tool select it from the left menu bar of the Liquify Layer (Shortcut: B).

Use the Bloat Tool to do the opposite. This would help you to flatten the pixels of your images.

like the Pucker Tool

Step 11: Use of Push Left Tool

Select the Push Left Lool (Shortcut: O) from the left menu bar of the Liquify Layer. Apply this to move the pixels to the left direction.

Push Left Tool

Step 12: Use of Twirl Clockwise Tool

Select the Twirl Clockwise Tool (Shortcut: C) from the menu bar of the Liquify Layer.

Use to twirl the image pixels like the example image below

Twirl Clockwise Tool

Anyone can use the steps mentioned above and learn how to liquefy images.

I always say, practice makes a man perfect. Try this technique and practice it by yourself for as many times as you can. This will help you to get more perfect at work.

Cheers!