How to liquify logo animation in Photoshop

How to liquify logo animation in Photoshop

You may have seen some graphics with symbols, pictures, or logos floating on the water with liquify effect. 

Today, in this article, I am going to show you how you can achieve this effect in Adobe Photoshop. 

Step 1: 

Open Photoshop and create new file. Here I am using 2880×1800 pixels. After that, fill the background layer with black color.

Step 2: 

Choose a photo of water with some ripples. 

The photo used here is taken from Shutterstock, titled An image of a beautiful water background by Markus Gann

Now change the opacity of the layer to 60%. 

Step 3: 

Now go to Layer>New Adjustment layer>Hue and saturation. 

Change the hue to 0, the saturation to –71, and the lightness to 0. 

Step 4: 

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels. 

Give the value of 0, 0.5, and 255 respectively in the input fields. 

Step 5: 

Now Go to Layers>New Adjustment Layer> Brightness and contrast 

Use 0 for brightness and –35 for contrast. 

Step 6: 

Now add a new layer on top of other layers. 

Fill this layer with black and change the blend mode to multiply. 

Use the Brush Tool (B) with a soft feature and white color to paint in the center of the canvas. We are creating a nice vignette effect. 

After this, save this file with the name Displaced.psd. 

Step 7: 

Add your logo to the design. 

Step 8: 

Select the logo layer and go to the Filter>Distort>Displace. 

After that, use the Displaced.psd file you saved in Step 6. 

Step 9: 

You will get something like this. 

You may get varying values, depending on the image you are using for the Displaced filter. 

So, try some variations until you get a satisfactory result. 

Step 10: 

Now go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. 

Use 3 Pixels for the Radius. 

You can also apply Tilt-shift blur after this to make the edges blurred. 

Step 11: 

Add a mask to the symbol. 

Then with the Brush Tool (B) select a very soft brush with black and start painting over the edges of the symbol, top and down.  

The idea is to make those parts darker as they are underwater. 


Now you just have to duplicate the original water image and move the order so it will be on top of all other layers. Then change the Blend Mode to Overlay and you will be good to go. 

The whole process is quite simple but the end result is simply beautiful. Now you can try yourself. 

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