The first thing you should do when altering any pixels is make a
duplicate of the layer you want to screw around with. Just drag it
to the new layer icon as shown.
Choose the Smudge tool as shown. The tool you used the latest
will appear on top of the mini-menu when you have a choice when you
have Photoshop open.
As with many tools again, you can change the size of the
Here I'm choosing a small brush and I'm just going to smudge the
antler (?) of this skull for example. Just click and drag with the
Once again, be aware of the strength setting. This will affect
how easy it is to actually �smudge' pixels. The stronger the
setting, the easier and faster the smudge.
Practice around with the smudge tool on a document of your
choice. You can have a lot of fun going crazy with this and the
liquify tool (esp. on stronger settings).
Go to Filter: Liquify and the mondo dialog box.
Along the left side you will see different liquify tools. These
are fun to play with. You can actually do some serious photo
enhancement and retouching such as making people lose 20 lbs.,
getting rid of love handles, etc. A practical AND fun tool. This is
just a basic introduction. Choose a tool (the default is
�shift pixels') and just start dragging around.
You'll note that you have different brush sizes and
settings on the right side of the dialog box.
You can also choose to display mesh. This is just the
digital/mathematical remembrance of all of your goofiness. You can
save meshes and reapply them to other images.
Try each of these different tools and see what they do. The
reflect tool is pretty wacky...definitely a liquid kind of feel.
This skull is now an alien brain. Bloat and pucker are ones I use
quite a bit actually.
When you are done press OK
render and apply the changes.
And remember that you should've
duplicated your background layer. Often you may want to do this a
couple times to try something else out on each layer.
Smudge you can use for little touchups and the liquify tool just has
so much potential for fun and pixel shifting enhancements. To get
the full complete video version of my training with tons of
Photoshop training and techniques, go
I'll be covering liquify even more in the future for such things as
digital weight loss.