Getting a Better View of Distortions

The active layer is always shown in the Liquify dialog box, but you might find it helpful to distort imagery with its companion layers visible. You can do this in two ways. One way is by selecting the Show Backdrop check box in the Liquify dialog box, and selecting which layer (or all layers)

FIGURE 14

Mesh display options

Select to display mesh

Changes mesh size Changes mesh color

FIGURE 14

Mesh display options

you want to be visible with the selected layer. You can then adjust the opacity of the backdrop layer(s) to make the layer(s) more visible. This technique distorts only the layer selected on the Layers palette. The other way is by merging visible layers: Click the highest layer on the Layers palette, click the Layers palette list arrow, then click Merge Visible. When you open the merged layers in the Liquify dialog box, all the imagery will be visible and can be altered by distortions. One way of

Larger gridlines

FIGURE 15

Distorted image with default size and color mesh ensuring that you can get back to your original layers—in case things don't turn out quite as you planned—is by making copies of the layers you want to combine before you merge the layers.

QUICKTIP

You can always turn off the mesh feature if it is distracting.

FIGURE 16

Distorted image with large blue mesh

Larger gridlines

FIGURE 15

Distorted image with default size and color mesh

Select to display mesh

Changes mesh size Changes mesh color

Less detail in mesh

Distorted mesh indicates distorted areas of the image

Repeated applications of Clockwise Twirl tool Twirl Clockwise Tool

Less detail in mesh

Distorted mesh indicates distorted areas of the image

Repeated applications of Clockwise Twirl tool Twirl Clockwise Tool

Turn on the mesh

1. Click Filter on the menu bar, then click Liquify.

2. Verify that the Bloat Tool is selected in the Liquify dialog box, then change the brush size to 100.

3. Select the Show Mesh check box.

4. Click the Mesh Color list arrow

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5. Verify that the Mesh Size list arrow

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Compare your image and settings to Figure 17, then make any adjustments necessary so that your settings match those shown in the figure.

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FIGURE 17

Medium blue mesh over an image

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Distorted mesh

Waves created with Warp Tool

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Distortions applied to image

FIGURE 19

Distortions applied to image

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