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iPad Artistry: Liquify Everything in Procreate

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 - The Liquify Tool

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Source Images part 1

    • 4. Lesson 2 - Source Images part 2

    • 5. Lesson 3 - Gold and Glitter Textures

    • 6. Lesson 4 - Variations

    • 7. Lesson 5 - Composition: Circle

    • 8. Lesson 6 - Composition: Silhouettes

    • 9. Lesson 7 - Composition: Symmetry part 1

    • 10. Lesson 7 - Composition: Symmetry part 2

    • 11. Bonus Lesson - Layers

    • 12. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class! I love the Liquify tool, which creates great marbled textures. Ever since it came out in Procreate, I have been playing with it and discovering many possibilities. In this class, I will show you the ins and outs of the Liquify tool itself, and several ways the liquified textures can be used. Here are some examples.



  • iPad, stylus, Procreate app
  • images from Pixabay (links are under the Project tab)


  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 - The Liquify Tool
  • Lesson 2 - Source Images
  • Lesson 3 -¬†Gold and Glitter textures
  • Lesson 4 -¬†Variations
  • Lesson 5 -¬†Composition: Circle
  • Lesson 6 -¬†Composition: Silhouettes
  • Lesson 7 -¬†Composition: Symmetry
  • Bonus Lesson - Layers
  • Project

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Genevieve Crabe

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Hello, I'm Genevieve and I live in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. I am retired from a 30-year career in high-tech, and I am now a full-time artist. My interests include digital art, mixed media, and bead embroidery. I am also a Certified Zentangle® Teacher.

I am the author of How to Make 100 Bead Embroidery Motifs, and several colouring books including Genevieve's Mandalas and Magical Mosaics Flora and Fauna, as well as designer of a mandala creation tool, Geneviève's Mandala Stencils. My books and products can be found in the shop on my website.

My artwork has been featured in several books, including One Zentangle a Day, 500 Tangled Artworks, The Beauty of Zentangle, Zentangle Untangled, Tangle Start Strings, Das große Zentangle-Buch, and several b... See full profile

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1. Introduction: everyone Decision VFW Welcome to my class in this class. We're going to create textures with the liquefy tool in procreate and apply them to some interesting projects. If you click the about tab below the video, you'll find a detailed description of the class and other useful information. Any links or downloadable files that I mentioned can be found under the Project tab. You lead an iPad running the version of IOS needed to run the current version of Procreate , an apple pencil or other stylists is preferable, especially if you want to do detailed work. Everything in this class is done in the procreate up. The videos were made with procreate version 5.0 point two on IOS 13.3 point one. I'm assuming you have some basic knowledge of procreate, but I will go through all the processes in detail. Lesson one will be a tour of the liquefy tool and all its options and settings. Liquefy is in effect. You applied to an image in lesson to we will look at a variety of source images in less than three, will add some metallic textures and in less than four will add some color and texture. Variation in Lessons five and six will put our new textures to work first with a simple three D circle and then with some silhouettes. In less than seven, we'll see how we can combine liquefy with symmetry and in a bonus lesson, will work with liquefy in layers, So let's get started. 2. Lesson 1 - The Liquify Tool: I'm starting with this canvas. What? I painted a bunch of colors with an airbrush choose liquefy from the adjustments menu, and this brings up the liquefied controls. Note that I'm working on a 12.9 inch iPad. If you have a smaller one, the controls will show up in a pop up menu like this. Instead of being all laid out to start with, I'm selecting push mode for the size option. If you think of this stool as a brush than this would be the brush size and pressure refers to how much the effect will vary with pressure. When using an apple pencil, I mostly leave the pressure on maximum. For now, I'll set distortion to zero. Now I'm going to push pixels around as if they were liquid. You can follow this circle as I move. My pencil is at the center. I can reduce the size to affect a smaller area like this and the opposite. If I set the size to maximum Now, the distortion option adds some jagged randomness with the momentum option, which I hardly ever use. The effect continues after you lift your pencil reset will undo all your changes since you opened the liquefy tool. Twirl right is the mode that I use the most. We'll start with zero distortion and maximum size. You can hold your pencil in one place and pixels will rotate around it. You can reduce the size for a smaller twirl, and you can also move your pencil around while it's twirling. If you set a larger size and distortion to maximum, you get what is probably my favorite effect here. I'm just holding my pencil in the center and then touching at several other points. With the size to maximum, I get a larger effect. I can also touch and move my pencil to drag. The effect around. Tour left is the same, except it twirls in the opposite direction. Next, the pinch mode. This will suck the pixels into a point where your pencil is, by the way, you can tap with two fingers to undo. Step by step, expand spreads out the pixels using the color your pencil is sitting on. I use it sometimes at a smaller size, to create circles of solid color. The crystal mode creates jagged peaks on the edges of the colors. Edge is similar to pinch, except that it sucks the pixel into a line rather than a point. Reconstruct allows you to restore the original image in specific spots and a just does something similar to the whole image and reset brings you back to the beginning. My usual process goes something like this. 3. Lesson 2 - Source Images part 1: In addition to random colors, you can get very nice effects by using photos. All the photos I'm using here are royalty free images from picks obey and I will include links to all of them under the project tab. This picture caught my eye because of the rich color I'm using. Twirl right with size and distortion at maximum. You'll need to play until you get in effect you like. But keep in mind you don't want to over blend the colors because of the way the effects work. If you go off the edge, they sometimes create artifacts with flat color or stripes as it stretches the colors at the edge. So I usually go around the edge and use push just to push them back outside of the canvas. I also use push with a smaller size. If I want to tweak some areas, I'm a fan of monochromatic images with a spot of color. As I use the Taurel mode, I keep in mind that I don't want to spread the orange color all over. Just give it a lacy effect, and again I use push for some final tweaks. - This photo is full of wonderful bright colors. Before I start, I make a note of this dark area. I may want to get rid off. After twirling, I use pinch to get rid of some of the dark and then a bit more twirl and push. This photo caught my eye. It's some kind of shiny fabric. I start with twirl at the center, reduce the size a bit and add some twirl all around the edges. I love fall colors, and these leaves have lots of great color. I'll do this 12 ways, first with twirl. Then I'll make another copy of the photo and use push with maximum distortion. There are endless possibilities with photos. 4. Lesson 2 - Source Images part 2: here. I'm starting with the texture I created with acrylic paint and then scanned. - Now I have a layer filled with white, and I'm going to do some random painting in black with a soft airbrush. By varying the pressure, I can get shades of gray. I start with twirl and then push. I tried to stay away from the edges to leave some white all around the edges of the image. Now for some color. Still, with the soft airbrush, lay out the color in diagonal bands and liquefy. - I'm trying not to liquefy too much to maintain a hint of the diagonal colors I started with. - Those of you who watched my fund with radiance class will be familiar with the circular Grady INTs I created in I Kalorama. I will provide you with several of these to download under the projectile. I'm using the selection tool on automatic to remove the corners. If you have trouble selecting, try dragging horizontally to change the threshold. The ones I provide will already have the corners removed. Once you have your selection, opened the layers panel and clear. I added a solid black background on the separate layer underneath in total mode with size around 60%. I just move around the edges first the outer circle, then the next circle in. And then I just tap and hold in the center. If I want more variation, I can increase the size and do it again. 5. Lesson 3 - Gold and Glitter Textures: I love using metallic textures in my artwork. I found this gold glitter texture on picks obey, but it's a lot smaller than my canvas. If I tried to resize it bigger, the texture is too coarse and the images pixelated. So here's what I do. Instead, first, I moved the image to a corner of the canvas. Then I duplicate the layer. I select one of the layers and move it up, so it's right next to the 1st 1 Now you can see a very pronounced seem here. But if I tap flip vertical, the two images fit perfectly. I create another copy of the 1st 1 and just slide it to the top. So far, so good. Now I merge the three layers using merge down and duplicate the new image, slide it to the right and flip horizontal, then merged the two layers. Now you can see the texture isn't quite all the way to the edge. So I used fit to screen, which is okay in this case, since it's just a very small amount, and now I have a nice full size texture. So gold is nice, but it would be nice to have other colors, too. Duplicate the layer under adjustments. Choose hue saturation brightness. Enter in saturation to zero, and now we have silver glitter to get different colors. Add a layer on top. Fill it with the color you want to have. Set the blend mode to color, although you can try some of the other blend modes and adjust the capacity until you get exactly the color you like. Now I can drop other colors to get any color I want. I can even have several colors at once. - Now let's make a copy of the gold layer, create a new canvas and paste, add a new layer and paint some random stuff with an airbrush. Select both layers by tapping the top one and swiping right on the second. Now, when we go into liquefy mode will be liquefying both layers at once. - Add a new layer in between and fill it with white. Choose the eraser and an airbrush, and you raise some of the white toe. Let the gold show through. Now I can liquefy all three layers together, and here's how it looks up close 6. Lesson 4 - Variations: they're even more procreate tools we can use to make the most of our liquefied arc. Here's one of the pieces that created earlier. Let's duplicate the layer, and the first thing I usually try with a new texture is invert the results very depending on your colors, but I like this one a lot. Let's make another copy. Go to hue, saturation brightness and play with the hue. When you see one you like, save it for another trick. Make another copy. Add a new layer on top filled in your layer with the color and try the blend modes. Some blend modes will give better results than others, but it's easy just to try them all out and see what you like. - So these are a few ways that you can create even more textures from a single one. 7. Lesson 5 - Composition: Circle: Although liquefied textures can stand on their own as digital paintings, we're going to apply them to some objects. I'm starting with this photo from picks Obey. I did a search for peeling paint, and I love the colors in this one. I'll start with twirl, then use Push to move color around a bit. I'm adding a new layer at the bottom. Ultras and inking brush and draw a circle with black. I hold here to get a quick shape, then put down a finger somewhere else on the screen so the shape will snap to a perfect circle. I feel the circle with black and drag it to the center. Go to the top layer and shoes clipping mask to clip the texture to the circle. Now I'm looking at this brown area, and I think it needs a little more twirl next, shading and highlighting. I'm choosing the shading graphite brush in the sketching set, adding a new layer at the top and set it to clipping mask. Make a note that for the purpose of shading and highlighting, all images will have the light coming from the top left on the side towards the light at a highlight with shading graphite and do the same with black on the opposite side, you can start to see the three D effect already now. Choose Gaussian blur from the adjustments menu and slide from left to right until you reach about 10%. If you want to be able to adjust things more precisely, you can put the highlighting on one layer and the shading on a different layer. Now for the background, I'm selecting a light shade of blue from the image. Add a new layer at the bottom and fill it with the color. Now choose the Kirwan brush from the textures set or another texture. Brush you like. Pick a darker shade of the same blue and swiped the paintbrush once all over the canvas. If you want a bit more texture, you can pick another slightly darker color and do it again. Go back and duplicate the black circle layer to create a drop shadow. Select the bottom circle and move it a little bit to the lower right and then apply a Gaussian blur. 20 to 25% works well with this, and we're done 8. Lesson 6 - Composition: Silhouettes: you can use exactly the same process for any silhouette. I got several animal silhouettes on picks. Obey, and I'll share the links. Let's start with this texture we created earlier. Make a copy and paste it into a new canvas. Import a wolf silhouette and resize it a little bit. Drag the layer below the texture and set the texture layer to clipping mask. Add a new layer on top. Choose the shading graphite brush and at highlighting and shading like we did before with the circle. Now this is a little more involved in the circle, but you just need to keep track of which edges are facing towards the top left and which are facing bottom right. - Then duplicate the silhouette layer and create a drop shadow for the background. I'm adding a layer of the bottom, starting with the cream color and the dove lake. Brush in the texture set. Add texture to the background. Oh, I forgot to blur the highlights and shadows. Here we go. Now here's an exercise for you. You can play with the highlight and shadow by changing the A pass ity of the layer. Also, you can put highlights on one layer and shading on another layer and use um, blending modes to blend them with the image. Here are a few more examples with this gecko silhouette I started with a colorful texture I created earlier. I added the highlights and shadows and the drop shadow for this. I thought a photo of a brick wall would make a good background here. I started with the cat silhouette and this photo of some colorful rust. I liquefied the photo and to punch up the color, I duplicated the layer and set the blend mode of the upper one to color dodge. Now this is the cat silhouette added the texture with clipping mask and the shading and highlighting. And then I thought the original photo would work well as a background. Here's a similar one with a dolphin silhouette and a liquefied texture I created with blue , turquoise and magenta for the background. I used the ocean brush from the elements set with this one. I started with this texture I created earlier to punch up the colors. I made two copies of the layer and set both copies to multiply and adjusted the opacity on one of them. Then I added the silhouette. I work from a photo of a friend and just traced around her shape to get the silhouette. I added a texture on the silhouette, with a separate layer set to clipping mask. Then I added the usual shadows and highlights. At this stage, I thought that the silhouette didn't really stand out enough, so I added a white circle with low capacity between the background and the silhouette. 9. Lesson 7 - Composition: Symmetry part 1: There are several ways you can use symmetry with liquefy. I'll start with this butterfly illustration and fill it with black in the actions menu under canvas, activate the drawing guide and tap at a drawing guide. Then I choose to weigh symmetry. I'm increasing the size and capacity of the guide, so it'll be more visible and tap done. Now we'll select the butterfly and nudge it so that it lines up with the center line. Now I'm gonna hide the butterfly layer for now, adding a new layer and setting it to drawing assist. Now all true, several colors and just do some random drawing. I'll also add a solid background and merged the two layers. - Now I'm going to activate, liquefy and use, twirl and push on this image. When I set the layer to clipping mask, you can see that we have a perfectly symmetrical pattern on our butterfly. So now you know how the rest goes. And here's our finished butterfly 10. Lesson 7 - Composition: Symmetry part 2: In the second example, we're going to use radial symmetry. I'll start with a solid color background, and then I'll draw some color with an airbrush. I'll add some white on a separate layer. Liquefy that and merge the two layers. Here's another example where I use this technique. Here's one of those circular images I made in I Kalorama. I'll reduce the size a bit, and I'm using the automatic selection to remove the corners. I'll add a black background, and I'm activating radial symmetry. Now I'm using the push mode at a small size and no distortion to create sort of flower petals. Here's a similar example where I added some painterly strokes as highlights, and here's another with different configurations. With this one, I added a layer of cream color underneath with a Gaussian blur for glow effect. And then I made three copies, added drop shadows to show overlapping 11. Bonus Lesson - Layers: Let's look at another way to use layers with liquefy, starting with a new canvas. Add three layers for a total of four on each layer. Paint some random color using a different color for each layer. - Now select all the layers by tapping the 1st 1 and swiping right on the others. Now you conduce, um, liquefying on all four layers at once while maintaining the separate layers. If I want, I can change the color on one of the layers by doing a select and Phil. Now we can add some drop shadows, duplicate all the layers and fill the lower ones with black. Select all the shadow layers and nudge them to the lower right. Then go back to eat shadow layer and apply a little Gaussian blur. This adds a whole new dimension. Here's another one I created earlier. 12. Project: for your class project. Create two paintings using two different techniques from the class. Under the Project tab, you'll find picks obey links to the photos and silhouettes that I used. On the right hand side are the downloadable files. Some circular Grady INTs may deny Kalorama and the yoga silhouette I created Thank you so much for watching my class and please share your work in the project section. I'll be posting a project myself with some more examples. I would appreciate it if you would leave a review and make sure to follow me so you'll be notified of my new classes. If you have any questions, please post them in the discussion area below the video on skill share. Thank you.