Join Steve Caplin for an in-depth discussion in this video Distorting with the Liquify Persona, part of Affinity Photo Essential Training.
Affinity Photo has a number of tools for warping and distorting images. We'll start off by looking at the Liquefy tool. Because this takes up a different interface, it's called a Liquefy Persona, and you access it from the second button on the top here. You can see this grid over the top, and the main tool you're going to use is the Push Forward Tool. Let's hide the grid. Grid's not going to help.
And we use this tool to smear things around. So let's Zoom In. And let's try and give this man a bit of a smile. As usual, we can change the brush size by holding Control and Option, and we drag left to make the brush smaller, and right to make it bigger. And we can use this tool to push the pixels. So we can push up in this corner, like that, and we can get more of a smile on here.
If we want to make him frown, well, it's just a question of pushing the pixels down. But you can see, as we do it with a brush this size, we start to get these wrinkles in it. So let's Undo, and we can Undo selectively, using the Reconstruct Tool. As we drag it over the image, it puts it back to how it was originally. Let's go back to this tool, and increase the size of the brush. Let's now try pushing the corner of the mouth down.
And he looks distinctly more unhappy. To get those little bits in the corners to go down, we just need to make the brush smaller, and push those down without affecting the rest of the mouth. So that's the first tool we'll use, the Push Forward Tool. We can give the mouth a bit of a twist. Let's make the brush bigger, and we can go now, for the Liquify Twirl Tool.
You simply press and hold to twist it. Let's Undo. If you hold the Option key, you twist in the opposite direction. And it's very much a question of using these tools in combination, to get the effect that you want. So now we've got him more or less frowning. Let's have a look at these eyebrows, and see if we can pull those down. Well, we can make the brush a little bit smaller, go up, and pull down on that eyebrow.
But the problem now, is that the eye gets compressed along with it, and when the center of the eye, the iris here, isn't a pure circle, it's always going to look rather fake. So let's revert this. For areas like this, we can use the Freeze Tool. We'll choose this tool, make the brush smaller, and paint over just the eyes. And what this does, is it freezes this area, and it tells Affinity Photo not to distort anything inside there.
We can now go back to the regular tool, and push those eyebrows down. And you can see how the eyebrows are going down, but the eyes are not being affected. To see how it looks without this red overlay, we can just Clear Mask. And there's our finished image. There's no way of comparing the before and after inside here, we just have to apply it.
So there is the image after Liquify. If we Undo, there it is before Liquify. Command + Z undoes, Shift + Comand + Z will Redo. So it makes it very easy to toggle between the before and the after. So you can see exactly what's happened here. Of course, you can get carried away with Liquify, and produce far more dramatic effects, but I find it particularly useful for modifying people's expressions in this way.
- Using Affinity Photo's raw controls
- Applying lens correction
- Removing chromatic aberration and fringing
- Reducing noise and sharpening photos
- Making and modifying selections in Affinity Photo
- Creating layer masks
- Making global adjustments
- Adjusting shadows and highlights
- Enhancing color
- Converting to black and white
- Applying standard and live filters
- Creating photomontages in Affinity Photo
- Working with image stacks
- Distorting images
- Exporting photos from Affinity Photo