Deke’s Techniques 324: Create a Caricature from a Photograph

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques movie, Deke turns an unsuspecting handsome dude into a much more interesting big-eyed big-foreheaded fellow using Photoshop’s Liquify filter.

The results are better shown than described: 

Before and after the Liquify treatment

You can use this approach to make charming caricatures from photos of your friends and family. Or delightfully creepy renderings of your enemies. No matter, all you need is a front-facing clean-background-possessing portrait and Photoshop. If you’re a member of the Creative Cloud, you an exploit CC’s ability to apply Liquify as a smart object and re-enter the Liquify environment to further tweak your portrait at any time. (In case someone goes from friend to enemy, for instance, and you have to "get creative" on their likeness.) 

For members of, Deke’s got an exclusive follow-up movie in which he goes into deep detail about how to create this particular Liquification. If you’re not a member of, you can get a free week’s trial at

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  • Did I dream it?

    Another awesome tutorial, thank you. I did go looking for a bobble head tutorial you did a while back and maybe combine the two techniques, but I couldn’t find it, did I dream it?

    Bit of a Photoshop nut.

  • Cool

    That is so cool. I want to try it on my face smile


  • suprizing

    i caricature my friend but he nearly broke my jaw. i think i went too far photoshoping him. it s an amazing feature. waiting for next week’s technique.

  • TipSquirrel, are you thinking of this one?

    Were you thinking of this one, “Getting a Big Head,” that’s still available at

  • Thank you!

    That’s the one! *Phew*

    Thank you smile

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