Photoshop: What happened to reconstruct modes in the Liquify Filter in Photoshop CS6?

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Everyone is blabbing on about how amazing the speed increase is with the liquify filter in CS6, but nobody has mentioned that it is now fairly useless for complex distortions thanks to the removal of the different reconstruction modes. CS6 seems to only have one reconstruction mode, namely 'revert'. At least give us 'smooth' and 'displace' as those were, at least to me, essential tools for making distortions look believable.

Am I missing some button that enables them?
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David Dobish, Photoshop Engineering Manager

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Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your input.
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Philippe Soetaert

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I try to write in English... I'm French photoshop user, so I don't know the exact menu in English...
On liquefy filter, in the advance menu, for "reconstruction" brush, I didn't"t find all the essential option to work, as propagation, "lissage", "continuité" "original"...
Those options are very very powerful to use this liquefy function with delicacy, So where are they ..? I can't imagine that they disappear !!


bellow on CS5..

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
about reconstruction on liquify filter....
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Tim Glaim

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Let me be the 5,000th person to say Adobe dropped the ball by not including those extra reconstruction modes in the liquify filter. A lot of people used those. I know because I've seen how many complaints they've gotten that those modes are missing. Bring. Those. Back. At the very least someone needs to develop a patch to do that. Bad idea, Adobe. Bad idea.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
What happened to the Reconstruction Modes?.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Tim,

Thanks for the feedback.

I did a search of this site as well as the forums and have seen 4 people comment on this (one of the 4 on this page is an employee tracking the topic). Do you have another source where 1000s of folks are complaining about this? Our data indicates that this feature had low usage among our customers.

John Worthington, the liquify engineer, has posted a comment/answer in the U2U as well:

Feel free to let us know how you're using the the reconstruct modes in your workflow so we can better understand how you're using them. There may be other ways to achieve the results you need.
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Here's a second attempt at responding (the log-in process ate the first one).

Here's a use case. I'm retouching someone's fat arms. I want to make them skinny so I push the edges inward. However, now the edge looks pinched and maybe even a little ragged, so in the past I would use the displace tool to restore the look of the edge, in it's new location. In the current photoshop, you only have the reconstruct tool which when applied, will actually undo the warp and move the skinny arm edge back to its original location.