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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Creating a Photo Caricature

Create a photo caricature in Photoshop

Put your photos through a digital funhouse with Photoshop. Today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques shows you how to take any portrait and warp it into a photo caricature with the Liquify filter and Free Transform tool. The gist of the technique is emphasizing your subject’s most noticeable features. Large eyes? Make them round as saucers. Strong chin? Give it the Leno treatment. And if you warp and scale the portrait with Free Transform before you apply the Liquify tool, you’ll get even more dramatic results.

Plus, Deke shows how to convert the image to a Smart Object and apply Liquify nondestructively as a Smart Filter (a feature only available in Photoshop CC), so you can go back and modify your handiwork at any time. Watch the video to get started.

Visit the library to learn more about the Liquify mesh Deke applies in this video. Then come back next week to learn how to mask your photo caricature onto a more dramatic background and sharpen and shade all his nooks and crannies.

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