As I work through Photoshop, there are always problems that come up that make me think, “I wish they had this!”
But often I feel like I may be alone. Either way, I’m going to verbally start writing out what I would like to see added on to Photoshop in the coming years in upcoming version.
The first thing that I would to see implemented has to do with precision liquifying. Liquifying is usually done by hand.
So the flaw in that is that you have to have steady hands, and a great eye, in order to get precise lines. For example, if you are shrinking in a model , you still want to be sure by the end of the procedure that her body lines are straight. And believe me, I have seen some terrible body lines and it becomes obvious when a lot of people do it.
Or say if you want to have perfectly lined lip work, you would have to eye it as far as how close you get it.
Now, there are obviously workarounds to it to get perfect lip lines (Want to know it? ;) ), but one ‘easy’ feature I would love to see implemented is an option in the pen tool that would be called “Liquify to line”
So essentially, you draw out the pen tool path, say on top of a crooked lip line, and you and you simply hit ‘liquify to line’ and the high area of contrast that the pen tool line is on gets matched up appropriately. Because for the most part, the area that you are trying to fix would be a line where there is high contrast (lip, eyes, makeup, body lines, clothing, etc).
A simpler alternative, even, would be to simply allow guidelines (which works like a pen tool) to place over the image in the liquify area. Much like the ruler tool and how it doesn’t interfere with the layers, but with the flexibility of the pen tool. So you know you’re lines are precise.
These are of course, random suggestions to get the liquify tool more precise, and we obviously have manual workarounds for absolute precision, but for people who don’t know, this would be great.
The tool needs an upgrade, and so do others, but I’ll write about them as they come up as problems in my workflow.