Puppet Warp is one of the coolest new features in Creative Suite 5. Think about taking an element of your image, setting some control points, and then “physically” manipulating it in any way that you want. Obviously this works well with figures – you could swing a raised arm to a person’s side in a photo, or make a family shot a little bit tighter on the grouping… But how about other applications, like stretching or winding text or handwriting or a plant or a musical score to create new effects? Or maybe just something simpler like easily adjusting the relative alignment of the different elements in your composition. It could be anything really – a lot of new possibilities out there with this feature for superior manipulation of still images.
To get your ideas flowing, we’ve got two new video tutorials below with fundamental and advanced techniques for Photoshop’s Puppet Warp, courtesy of Adobe’s Russell Brown. In the second video, Content-Aware Fill even makes an appearance, working in synergy with Puppet Warp to combine their power. The tips shared below will help you get the most out of these new capabilities, and if you like you can get started with a free trial download today.
How are you going to be using Puppet Warp? Share your creativity in the comments below…
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2 thoughts on “Advanced Puppet Warping with Photoshop CS5”
I’m creating comic books with people I know in them. Sort of like Jib Jab but I control each photo frame. But it’s not something I could easily do before CS5.
I use it to tweak the horizon in my stitched landscape shots (since photomerge doesn’t always give me a straight horizon, and since I often forget to lens correct before stitching). Takes a lot of patience but it works. XD