Instant Teardrops – The Liquify Tool

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What can I say? I’m a happy girl.
It takes a lot for me to conjure up even a single tear drop.

With Photoshop Elements, however, anyone can conjure up a teardrop in a matter of minutes.
And better yet, these teardrops come without the runny nose and swollen eyes!

Follow along with me as I take a small round embellishment and turn it into the shape of a teardrop to be used as a drop of rain, a flower petal, or even a tear of sadness.

Tutorial:

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step One: Prepare Your Workspace

This tip will work well with any small round embellishment — such as a gem, a sequin or even a button.

  • Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) or open (File > Open) an existing scrapbook page.
  • Open a small round embellishment. I am using one of the gems from Eva Kipler’s kit, Taking Time to Relax.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Click on the embellishment and drag it onto your document.

Step Two: Get the Pucker Tool

  • In the Layers panel, make sure you are on the embellishment layer.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Distort > Liquify.
  • In the dialog box, click on the Pucker tool icon.

  • In the dialog box, click on the Zoom icon to zoom way in to your embellishment.
  • In the dialog box, set the Brush Size to about 2 times the size of your embellishment. My Brush Size is 150.
    Note: To increase the Brush Size while your cursor is over the embellishment, press the Right Bracket key.

Step Three: Give a Little Pucker

  • In the dialog box, hover the cross hairs of your cursor over the top edge of the embellishment.
  • Click and drag slightly upward to create a teardrop shape.
  • If you need a redo, press Ctrl Z (Mac: Cmd Z).
  • Click OK to commit the changes.

 

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial by Jen White
Embellishments from Taking Time to Relax by Eva Kipler (Premier April 2012 kit)
Software: Photoshop Elements 10.0

Download a PDF version of this “Instant Teardrops – The Liquify Tool” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step One: Prepare Your Workspace

This tip will work well with any small round embellishment — such as a gem, a sequin or even a button.

  • Create a new document (File > New) or open (File > Open) an existing scrapbook page.
  • Open a small round embellishment. I am using one of the gems from Eva Kipler’s kit, Taking Time to Relax.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Click on the embellishment and drag it onto your document.

Step Two: Get the Pucker Tool

  • In the Layers panel, make sure you are on the embellishment layer.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Liquify.
  • In the dialog box, click on the Pucker tool icon.

  • In the dialog box, click on the Zoom icon to zoom way in to your embellishment. I zoomed in 300%.
    Note: To reposition the embellishment within the window, hold down the Shift key and drag the embellishment into place.
  • In the dialog box, set the Brush Size to about 2 times the size of your embellishment. My Brush Size is 150.
    Note: To increase the Brush Size while your cursor is over the embellishment, press the Right Bracket key.
  • In the dialog box, click on the Show Backdrop box and set the Mode to Behind. This will make it easier to see what you are doing.

Step Three: Give a Little Pucker

  • In the dialog box, hover the cross hairs of your cursor over the top edge of the embellishment.
  • Click and drag slightly upward to create a teardrop shape.
  • If you need a redo, press Ctrl Alt Z (Mac: Cmd Opt Z).
  • Click OK to commit the changes.

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial by Jen White
Embellishments from Taking Time to Relax by Eva Kipler (Premier April 2012 kit)
Software: Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this “Instant Teardrops – The Liquify Tool” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

15 Responses

  1. Wildcat - Erika
    | Reply

    This is actually so easy. Thanks for sharing these tips with us – you really have a teaching talent. Regards.
    Wildcat – Erika

  2. Jayne Wilson
    | Reply

    quite amazingly simple!!
    thanks

  3. sandie
    | Reply

    Thank you , a great tutorial – will be using that a lot I think 🙂

  4. Geri
    | Reply

    Didn’t know abt the “pucker” tool! Thanks for tut.

  5. Deanie
    | Reply

    Hi Jen – as usual you have come up with a great tutorial but I also wanted to tell you that I love coming onto the site and seeing your smiling face – your hair embellishment makes me laugh every time! Thanks ever so much.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Wow! Thanks for the kind words, Deanie! Always glad to share a giggle with you!

  6. Christine
    | Reply

    you never cease to amaze me!!!

  7. Liz
    | Reply

    love this tut and adorable embellishment – thanks so much.

  8. Carla Peterson
    | Reply

    I think this is really neat! Can hardly wait to use it. Thanks!

  9. Bett
    | Reply

    Wow, so easy yet I had no idea this could be done! Thanks so much.

  10. roseb
    | Reply

    You’ll be seeing my little gem flowers around real soon. I just love bling! Thanks for another great tut!

  11. Nannette
    | Reply

    What can I say you are simply brilliant! I love what you teach how you teach it.

  12. grammy (Lynn)
    | Reply

    Cool tutorial! You make these tutorials so easy to follow; thanks for all the time and effort you put into all of these!

  13. Anne
    | Reply

    Thank you for another great tutorial! I am enjoying your weekly letters! 🙂

  14. Mungo
    | Reply

    Simples, thank you

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