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Using Smart Filters in Adobe Photoshop CC


  1. Applying the Liquify filter
  2. Positioning other layers
  3. Editing a Smart Filter

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Learn how to apply the Liquify filter, position other layers, and edit a Smart Filter in Adobe Photoshop CC.
Editing a Smart Filter

Editing a Smart Filter

With all the layers in position, you can further refine the eye openings and experiment with the bulges in the eyebrows. You’ll return to the Liquify filter to make those adjustments.

  1. In the Layers panel, double-click Liquify, listed under Smart Filters in the Green_Skin_Texture layer.
  2. Photoshop opens the Liquify dialog box again. This time, all the layers are visible in Photoshop, so when Show Backdrop is selected, you see them all. Sometimes it’s easier to make changes without a backdrop to distract you. Other times, it’s useful to see your edits in context.

  3. Select the Pucker tool () in the Tools panel and click on the outer corner of each eye. You can zoom in to see the eye more closely, if you like.
  4. The Pucker tool moves pixels towards the center of the brush as you click or drag, for a puckering effect.

  5. Select the Bloat tool (), and click the outer edge of an eyebrow to expand it; do the same for the other eyebrow.
  6. The Bloat tool moves pixels away from the center of the brush as you click or drag.

  7. Experiment with the Pucker, Bloat, and other tools in the Liquify filter to customize the monster’s face. Remember that you can change the brush size and other settings. You can undo individual steps, but if you want to start over, it’s easiest to click Cancel, and then return to the Liquify dialog box.
  8. When you’re happy with your monster’s face, click OK.