Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Use Puppet Warp in Photoshop
Puppet Warp opens the doors for reshaping objects in Photoshop. It can be used to alter facial expressions, reshape human and animal arms and legs and bend shapes in ways that are hard to imagine.
To grasp the concepts of Puppet Warp, we'll apply it to a shape object.
To apply Puppet Warp to an image, you must first mask the object and place it on it's own layer. The original background layer must then be patched to remove the original object, person or animal. For this process you may want to use Content Aware Fill. For more information, see topic, Content Aware Fill.
Open a new 1,024 pixel x 1,024 pixel document with a white background in Photoshop (File > New).
Click the Custom Shape tool and choose Shape for type, then set a Fill and Stroke color. Select a custom shape from the Options bar pull-down menu.
Click-drag while pressing the Shift key to add a shape to the workspace.
Right-click the shape in the Layers panel and choose Rasterize Layer. The shape is now very similar to a rasterized image in a document.
With the Shape layer active, choose Edit > Puppet Warp. A mesh is applied to the shape.
In the tool options, you can increase or decrease the mesh Density.
To add a series of pins, click the shape multiple times. The pins are used to either move that section of the object or pin it in place.
Whenever you select a pin, a small white circle appears in the center of the pin. You can select multiple pins by clicking one, then Shift clicking the rest.
To move the portions of the mesh, click-drag the selected pin or pins.
You can also move the pins with the nudge keys. Press the Shift key while nudging to move the pins in ten pixel increments.
To rotate around a specific pin press and hold the Option key (PC - Alt key). Once the circle appears, drag the circle to set the angle.
As you move the pins, you may notice that the stacking order is wrong and part of the object becomes hidden. To change the order, select the pin and click the Forward or Backward Pin Depth icons.
To accept your changes, click the Commit icon or press the Enter key.