Right. You can't run Liquify on a Smart Object. You can open the SO (Layer>Smart Object>Edit Contents) and have access to Liquify. But it will alter the contents of the SO. So if you are worried about preserving the SO, make a copy of it.
Liquify (and Blur Gallery) as Smart Filter is supposed to be enabled in the current Cloud version which is 13.1.2.
speckelectric, do you definitely have only the Smart Object targeted and does 'Photoshop > About Photoshop' definitely say 13.1.2?
Hi Conroy, I just got it sorted using the adobe customer service. Photoshop wouldn't actually let me update to 13.1.2 so I did wonder if that was the cause. In the end Adobe had to take over my computer (scary) uninstall photoshop and download it again, I was able to get the updates then and all seems to be working ok now, I can get liquify and the three blur filters that were greyed out. Thanks for getting back to me.
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:03:47 -0700
Re: Liquify is greyed out when using a smart object
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Liquify (and Blur Gallery) as Smart Filter is supposed to be enabled in the current Cloud version which is 13.1.2. speckelectric, do you definitely have only the Smart Object targeted and does 'Photoshop > About Photoshop' definitely say 13.1.2?
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I was having a problem with photoshop. I wanted to use liquify and warp on photoshop but it said it was unaviable I just bought it on my MAC and the Layer>Smart Objects> Edit Contents didn't work. DO i need to get something else or is it my MAC
You can use Warp and Liquify directly on a smart object. Just treat it as any other layer. What you cannot do is paint on it, clone, spot heal and other direct pixel edits.
You don't want "Edit Contents" - in fact that defeats the whole purpose. That opens the embedded file within the smart object, the original, and you don't want that. Then you could just as well have done it destructively on the original file without making it a smart object in the first place.
(The specific reason it didn't work in your case is probably because it's a locked "Background" layer. You need to double-click the layer to turn it into a floating layer, "Layer 0". But again - don't do that here).