How to Reconstruct a Liquified Image in Photoshop CS6 - dummies

How to Reconstruct a Liquified Image in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

One of the most powerful capabilities of Liquify in Photoshop CS6 is that it can reconstruct your image fully or partially — restoring some or all of the image to its pre-Liquify state. This capability gives you a great deal of control over exactly how Photoshop transforms your image; you can backtrack any part of the transformation exactly the way you want. Here are some of your options:

  • To cancel all the changes made on your image (say, you really, really messed up), click the Restore All button in the Reconstruct Options area. The image returns to its original state (as it was when you first opened the Liquify window) and removes distortions in both frozen and unfrozen areas.

  • To change only unfrozen areas of your image to their original states, select Reconstruct in the Reconstruct Options area of the dialog box, In the Revert Reconstruction dialog box, slide the Amount slider to achieve the percentage of reconstruction you want. The frozen areas remain as they are, but everything else returns to normal, per the amount you specified.

    Use this option when you’re displeased with some sections but like the distortions in others. Freeze the stuff you like and let Liquify cancel the changes elsewhere.

  • To paint portions of your image back to normalcy, select the Reconstruct tool from the Liquify Tools panel. You can use the Reconstruct tool to restore the areas that you paint. The image reverts more quickly at the center of the brush, so you have an extremely fine degree of control in how you revert your image. The mesh may help you see exactly what portions are being restored.

    Previous Photoshop users may be looking for all of the other Reconstruct modes. Adobe eliminated them in this version of Photoshop, except the default mode of Revert. Adobe found that most users didn’t use the other modes anyway, so they shouldn’t be missed.