Photoshop CC Tutorial for Beginners – Use Face-Aware Liquify to Quickly Adjust Facial Features

This tutorial is a part of the “Photoshop CC Tutorial for beginners” series on PSD Vault.

In this tutorial, I’m going to run through the new Face-Aware Liquify feature (require Photoshop CC 2015.5 or above), and show you how you can use it to quickly adjust facial features.

Prior to the introduction of this new liquify filter, the only way to manipulate facial features is to use the standard liquify filter, or the selection + free transform tool. Both methods are quite time-consuming. Now, all you need is the this new Face-Aware liquify filter for simple facial feature adjustments.

Let’s go into practice mode. 

In order to use Face-aware Liquify, please make sure that the graphics processor is enabled in your Photoshop preferences:

  • Go to Edit > Preferences > Performance.
  • In the Graphics Processor Settings area, select Use Graphics Processor.
  • Click Advanced Settings. Ensure you select “Use Graphics Processor To Accelerate Computation”.
  • Click OK.

Download a portrait image from the web (I used this image: Black Summer (18) by FrostAlexis), load the image into Photoshop.

Go to Filter > Liquify:

On the Liquify window, you will notice there is a human icon labelled “Face Tool” on the left, click on it:

Once the Face Tool is enabled, move your mouse over any one facial feature (eyes, nose, etc.) – you will see a smart guide appearing. This allows you to Click & Drag and adjust the relevant facial feature:


Face Shape



On top of the click & drag, you will also find all the settings on the right pane:

Notice the paper clip icon under the Eyes settings? Click on it and it will automatically apply equal value to the left/right eye setting:

Once you’re happy with the result, click “OK” to apply the filter. This conclude the application of Fare-Aware liquify filter.

One thing I need to mention is that the Face-Aware liquify filter works the best for faces that directly facing the camera. If you have a photo similar to the one below, you can still use Face-Aware, just the outcome may not be as good:

That’s it for this tutorial! I would love to hear your opinion about the Face-Aware liquify filter – simply drop me a comment below.

In coming days, I will talk more about all the cool new features coming out of the latest Photoshop CC, and hopefully you will learn a thing or two.

Till next time, have a great day!

My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.