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Tips & Tricks

A Look At How To Use Photoshop’s New Face-Aware Liquify Feature

By Hanssie on June 24th 2016

Earlier this week, Adobe announced a major update to their Creative Cloud offerings, including a very interesting and exciting new feature; Face-Aware Liquify in their Photoshop CC version 2015.5.

The liquify tool is routinely used for a bit of nip & tuck to the shape of an object – typically a person. If used properly, it can be a wonderful tool to use to enhance your image, but many times, if it is not used with caution, you can end up with a slightly distorted person or face. This new Face-Aware Liquify tool seeks to make it very easy to manipulate a person’s facial features in Photoshop by recognizing and setting control points on a person’s eyes, nose, mouth, jawline, etc.


You then have the ability to quickly and simply adjust those features and “perfect” a person’s face with just a click or two. In this short demonstration by the Photoshop Training Channel, Jesus Ramirez shows us the power of the new technology by walking us through every detail of the tool.

As Jesus hovers over the images, it automatically detects the face or faces in the scene. Small white control points then pop up over the features of each face. You can adjust each facial feature by clicking and dragging on these points (like enlarging or compressing the eye as shown in the video at minute 1:30) or completely move the features around to rearrange the face if you chose to do so. There are also sliders that allow you to adjustment each feature for more subtle control.

You can also use Face-Aware Liquify to create an effect that can be applied to an entire video, which is incredible and also a bit disturbing.

Is the Face-Aware Liquify tool something you will be using for your images? Comment below with your thoughts.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  3. ken weil

    Apparently it doesnt work well with beards. Wouldnt recognize a clear portrait. Nice job Adobe.

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  4. Shai Bachar

    I sure will

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