Quick fixes and slight nudges in specific directions are features that are always sought after when it comes to photo editing. That said, the Liquify tool is among the most requested for Pixlr E’s tool set, which supplies a lot of kick to any designer’s arsenal.
Want to create wavy lines? Need to distort a small area of your photo, but don’t want it to look too obvious? Cue the Liquify tool, where you can twist, squeeze, inflate, or deflate areas of an image with ease. Check out the video below to get a visual on what you can do with the Liquify tool in Pixlr E (previously Pixlr Editor).
Liquify Toolbar Explanation
There are about six tools to choose from in the Liquify tool set under Method: push, enlarge, shrink, swirl right, swirl left, and restore. Each of them come with their unique distortion effects and can be adjusted to your preference using the size, strength, and density options. The mini toolbar that appears below the top main menu once you select the Liquify tool has an array of handy options. Feel free to play around and experiment with it to gain a deeper understanding based on your image editing requirements.
Liquify Tool Size
This option allows you to adjust the radius of your Liquify brush, which you’ll be running over selected parts of your image. Sometimes, you’ll find that you might require a smaller brush size, and other times you’ll need to increase the size for editing larger areas of your image. There are two ways you can adjust this size: by clicking the amount and typing in your desired number, or adjusting it via the slider.
Liquify Tool Strength
Adjusting the Strength slider on the Liquify tool sidebar allows you to determine how ‘strong’ or ‘weak’ you want your distortions to be. Simply put, let’s say you’re going with 75% on the slider with the Enlarge tool selected. That means the strength of your Enlarge tool will be at 75%. Play around with the adjustments to suit what you’re going for when editing your photo.
Liquify Tool Density
Adjusting Density in the sidebar changes the amount of ‘area of effect’. It basically correlates to the strength of your tool setting as well. If either of them are set to 0%, chances are you will not be able to see much difference in effect. The higher your density, the larger the area of effect within your brush radius will be, and of course vice versa. While you make edits to your photos, you’ll learn about the need to adjust this preset as you go along.
By any chance, if you need to close your browser, you don’t need to worry about saving your work. Pixlr E will keep a history of all your projects in your browser until you decide to remove them. Clearing your browser cache and cookies will delete your projects though, so be careful about that.
Also, if you’re switching between Pixlr E and Pixlr X in your browser tabs, you’ll still be able to access all of your projects! It basically shares the same projects you’ve worked on within the same browser. This is a pretty nifty feature that our users find helpful. Say goodbye to the hassle of downloading your images to edit them again in another image editor.
It’s a new year, so you can definitely anticipate some upcoming new Pixlr E features! Our team is currently working hard on finishing up some pretty awesome new releases in the pipeline. Here’s what you can expect to see in the (very) near future:
- PNG stickers (basically stickers with a transparent background)
- A.I. cutout tool (this is major! we’re 200% psyched about unveiling this awesome new feature)
- A brand new secure payment system
We’ll keep everyone updated with our latest releases 😉