Chapter 2: Distorting with the Liquify Command

In This Chapter

check.png Checking out the Liquify window

check.png Understanding the options

check.png Liquifying an image

Liquify is the only Elements filter that garners a chapter of its own. That’s because Liquify is not your run-of-the-mill filter. Truth be told, it’s the ultimate distortin’ fool, with a bevy of tools, modes, and options that make it a good deal more complex than most of its kin on the Filter menu.

The Liquify filter lets you push and pull on parts of an image; twist, turn, and pinch other parts; and bloat and reflect others. You can basically manipulate an image as though it were pliable saltwater taffy. And, although these actions would create worthwhile entertainment on their own, you can use the Liquify filter to perform some productive tasks.

If you pick up any fashion magazine, we guarantee you that many of the images of models and celebrities you see there have made their way through the Liquify filter for nips and tucks and overall body sculpting. Yes, even people blessed with natural beauty are given a dose of digital beautification for good measure.

Exploring the Liquify Window

At first glance, the Liquify window is a little daunting. ...

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