You will have better luck getting help by posting the correct forum:
Are the options there and just grayed out, or are they missing altogether?
The tool is not grayed out. It is completely missing. Also the tool plugin is not in any of the subsequent photoshop files.
What version of CS4 you have my brother? That matters with new PS version. All the goodies that you mentioned are in CS4 Extended. Lets us know which version of PS you have. If it does not say EXTENDED, you will not have some options any more.
I am sending you some screen shots of the extended.
Thank you all for your responses. The tool is not grayed out, it just is not there at all. And to reply to the post that the features only come in the extended version, I am looking at my friends dell right now and they have all the features that I am missing and they are running the standard photoshop cs4 not the extended version. this leads me to believe this might be a mac problem. can some one who did not buy the extended version let me know if they too are having the same problem or if they have the liquify tool, the lens correction tool, and the variations tool.
Thank you again for all your efforts but still no luck.