Puppet Warp

A cool tool that I came across on Photoshop is called Puppet Warp. It basically allows you to bend a figure to make it look as if you are controlling the figure by pulling strings like a puppeteer. I didn’t use this effect in my project and I don’t think it is used all too often. However, it is pretty fun to play with and is extremely easy to use!

To get started I, found an image of a statue of Abraham Lincoln and used the Quick Selection tool to select the entire body without the background.

I opened the selected body in a new layer. I also added a new blank layer to be the background and filled it in white using the Paint Bucket tool.

Under the Edit tab, select Puppet Warp. You’ll notice that lattice lines appear all over the selected area (the body).

Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 11.24.52 PM

The cursor turns into a pin. Click to drop pins where you want the body to remain in place. The pins act as anchors.

To bend a part of the body, click on the pin around the area you want to move and hold the Alt or Option key.  While holding down the key, you can drag the body to move it.

Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 11.32.25 PM

The entire body will shift in some way if you do not anchor more than one area. Click the check mark toward the top of the screen to apply the puppet effect.Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 11.34.40 PM

And now you have a dancing Abraham Lincoln Statue!

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