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For photography, the Liquify tool can really save the day. And here, I want to highlight some of the new features or controls that we'll discover with the Liquify tool. You'll notice in this document I have two layers. Go ahead and click in the topmost layer which is titled retouching. Next, navigate to the Filter pulldown menu and then select Liquify. This will open up the Liquify dialog. Now at first glance you won't see that much different here, yet this works much more effectively now. One of things that you'll notice is that we have this really compact mode here or we have Advanced mode, which opens up all of these other options.
Now by viewing this in this compact or this condensed mode, it allows you just to access your brush size and also your brush pressure, this can be really helpful because you're not really distracted by everything else. The other thing that I want to highlight here is that you can now increase your brush size up to these really just gigantic brush sizes. This can help when you have really high- resolution files, and this is definitely a welcome new feature with this tool. All right. Well, let's go ahead and decrease our brush pressure down here and also drag our brush size down a little bit.
If we hover over our image and the brush size is too big, we'll just click the left bracket key, and that will decrease your brush size. Well, in this particular image, let's say we want to make some modifications, so I'll go ahead and click and drag across the photograph, and I'm just nudging in these edges a little bit. Now this can be really helpful in order-- again--to make changes to your photographs. Now if ever you make these changes and you don't like them, well, you can click on this option, Restore All. That will remove all of the different adjustments that you've made.
Another thing that you can do is if you've used Liquify and then exited it and then come back, you can click on this option, which is Load Last Mesh. This will use the last liquify settings that you applied. And this can be helpful if you're working on an image over time and you need to come back to it. Well, the last thing that I want to highlight here is that when you make changes, you're now going to see those changes live. In other words, if I increase my brush pressure here--just for demo purposes--and go ahead and drag across this side of the image, we can see that I'm instantaneously viewing the results.
In the previous version, there was this lag time. You would make an adjustment and then wait and wait, and it would render it in. Well, now we no longer have to wait to see these adjustments. And again, this is a much welcomed new feature. If ever you make a mistake as I've done here, just Restore All and then decrease your brush pressure to the appropriate size. Make any of those needed changes that you need to make. And then again, I recommend you do these typically on a new layer. And then go ahead and click OK in order to apply those adjustments so that you can evaluate your before and then also the after.
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