Is it possible to "protect" an area when using liquify on the 2018 elements?

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Is it possible to "protect" an area when using liquify? I recently used the bloat tool but as careful as I was it still distorted the vertical fence panels behind the subject.
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Cristen Gillespie

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Photoshop has a freeze and a thaw tool, but it isn't included in the feature list in the Photoshop Elements 2018 manual. (Google Photoshop Elements 2018 manual PDF and the first link should automatically download the PDF—I can't find anything directly on their site for Liquify)

You do have a reconstruct tool, and the ability to set how quickly it reconstructs, so you have an option if you see that something has become distorted to attempt to reconstruct it. I'm afraid you'll have to be careful about the size of your brush without a freeze tool—zoom way in and try to gauge the extent of a brush's area of influence.

If there's something missing from the manual that will help beyond this, hopefully one of our PSE experts will chime in.
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Make a selection of the area you want to protect, then Select>Inverse and when you go to Distort>Liquify the area protected will be in Red.





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Thanks. I just tried this but all i can see is the protected area. The i unprotected area is greyed out so I can't work on it. Can you help ? Thanks
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Sounds like you forgot to Inverse the selection before going to Liquify.

Select>Inverse
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I tried a few more times and now got it to work. However, after i have bloated i find that the protected area hasn't moved in relation to what has been ',expanded,'... Is there anything I can do to reposition the protected area? Thanks for your help