Puppet Warp That Thing


We have talked about the Puppet Warp tool in Photoshop on The Digi Show many times and it was a really exciting thing for me to try. Each time we’ve talked about it, I have thought I need to put a tutorial up showing our readers how to use it. It first made its appearance in PSCS 5 and is a great tool for digi scrappers!

What does it do?

The puppet warp tool allows us to move portions of an image and keep the pixels and aspect ratio in tact. Have you ever used a ribbon, string, pennant, or other element on a layout and wished you could move one side of it up or down? The Puppet Warp tool allows you to do this and so much more! The very best way to see what it does is for me to show you.

How do you use it?

The first thing you need to do is select the layer you want to warp in the layers stack.


I’m using the pennant/bunting from Dani’s kit that is included in The Digi Files this month.

Go to Edit>Puppet Warp


This is what the bunting looked like after selecting the Puppet Warp tool:


We need to place some pins along the bunting in the areas we want to remain in the place. The placed pins keep that part of the element from being moved when the active pin is dragged. Below is what the active pin looks like:


I want to bring the right side of this banner up a bit, so here is where I placed my pins:


Now, just click on the active pin on the far right and drag it up where you want it.



For an additional challenge, try Puppet Warping part of a photo or a drop shadow. There are lots of great uses for this fun tool!