It’s Tuesday again! That means it’s time for another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today I want to share the tool that has changed my scrapping life – the Puppet Warp tool. Ever used a piece of string, and the end is just on the wrong area of your photo? Or that beautiful piece of lace is just too straight for your liking? Using the Puppet Warp tool makes tweaking those gorgeous elements into exactly the shape you want a breeze!
Interested? Here’s how!
Step 1: Select the element you want to edit in the layers palette. In this case, I would like the green trim to curve instead of being so straight.
Step 2: In the menu panel, select Edit > Puppet Warp
Step 3: This should show a mesh over your element. If the mesh doesn’t show up, just tick the box in the middle of option bar next to “Show Mesh”
Step 4: Now you need to add pins to the areas you want to work with. Just click on the mesh where you want the pins to go. When you start warping your element, the other pinned points will stay in position, with the rest of the element moving in relation to those points and the pin you’re moving.
Step 5: By moving the middle pin, I can create a curve in the trim. This curve is still to linear for my liking, so I want to delete the middle pin by right clicking and selecting Delete Pin.
Step 6: I then add two pins in the middle section and manipulate both these pins until I like the result. When I’m done warping, I just hit Enter to commit the changes. You can always change the outcome by double-clicking on the Puppet Warp filter in the layers palette.
And voila! I have a trim curved exactly the way I want it!
This is a super simple explanation of a very complex tool, but I’ve found that this is all I need in my digital scrapbooking process. I hope you find the same joy that I have when I stumbled across the Puppet Warp tool.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Christelle is a creative team member at The Digital Press, happily creating for all of the talented designers. She’s originally from South Africa, and has recently relocated to the UK with her husband. She loves scrapping her 3 lovely step-children and 4 beautiful nieces and all of their (mis)adventures. If she could, she’d travel all the time, but for now she makes do with traveling as often as possible. Her other hobbies include machine embroidery and sewing, as well as reading soppy romance!