Puppet Warp To Straighten or Stretch Objects in Photoshop

07-July-15: Puppet Warp To Straighten or Stretch Objects in Photoshop

Puppet Warp

Often we have objects in our images that have been distorted either by the way we photographed them, or caused by the distortion in our lenses. We can often correct this by using the Lens Correction tools available to us in Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera Raw or other editing software.We also have tool such as Free Transform or Perspective Crop, but often these tools don’t work for us and cause other issues within our images. From time to time we have the need to stretch or straighten objects within our images and don’t want the tools we use to effect other areas of our images.

The Puppet Warp tool in Photoshop will allow us to work on just isolated areas of our images while having little to no impact on other areas of our image. We do this by setting anchor points in our images to prevent them from moving while we make our adjustments. In this video tutorial I will show you how you can stretch / straighten areas of your image using the puppet warp tool.


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  1. zoe20641 July 10, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Thanks Aaron. To limit the effect of the Puppet Warp, you can draw a loose selection around the hut area, put the selected area on it’s own layer ,then when you use the Puppet Warp only this small area of the whole photo will be affected. A layer mask can be used to soften then edges if needed. Allen

    • awdowlingphotography@hotmail.com July 11, 2015 at 2:55 am #

      Thanks Allen, that’s a good tip and something I use quite regularly when I’m using the free transform tool. I did think about doing that in the video, but wanted to leave it a little simpler. But it’s great advice, especially if people are comfortable with layer masks.

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