Select a layer or an area in the image you want to warp.
The Warp command lets you drag control points to manipulate the shape of images, shapes, or paths, and so on. You can also warp using a shape in the Warp pop‑up menu in the options bar. Shapes in the Warp pop‑up menu are also malleable; you can drag their control points.
Updated in Photoshop 22.5 (August 2021 release)
Select a layer or an area in the image you want to warp.
After making a selection, do one of the following:
Choose Edit > Transform > Warp or
Press Control + T (Win) / Command + T (Mac), then click the Switch Between Free Transform And Warp Modes button in the options bar.
Click the gear icon in the Options bar to see additional visual Guide options. With Photoshop 22.4.1 (May 2021 release), the visual guides have returned better than ever with additional Guide options.
You can now set the warp guide display option and choose when to show the visual guides - Auto Show Guides, Always Show Guides, and Never Show Guides. By default, the Grid is set to Always Show Guides.
You also have the ability to change the Color and Opacity of the visual guides and the number of lines that make up the guide. The Density option sets how many lines appear between each Split Warp line. By default, Density is set to 2.
When using the control points to distort an item, you can also choose View > Extras to show or hide the warp mesh and control points.
To warp your selection using a warp preset, choose a warp style from the Warp pop‑up menu in the options bar.
To create a custom warp mesh, choose a grid size from the Grid pop-up menu in the options bar.
To add more control grid lines to the warp mesh, choose an option to split the warp.
To learn more about split warp options, see Split Warp.
Press Enter (Windows) or Return (macOS), or click the Commit button in the options bar.
To cancel the transformation, press Esc or click the Cancel button in the options bar.
When you warp a bitmap image (versus a shape or path), the image becomes slightly less sharp each time you commit a transformation; therefore, performing multiple commands before applying the cumulative transformation is preferable to applying each transformation separately.
Packaging designers, we heard you! With this release, Photoshop is introducing the Cylindrical Transform Warp capability which allows curving flat artwork to a rounded cylindrical surface. Also, you get resizing and perspective controls so the entire selection can fit naturally.
To work with the new cylindrical transform warp, do the following:
Select a layer or region in the image you want to warp.
Choose Edit > Transform > Warp from the menu bar or press Command+T (Mac) or Control+T (Win).
Click the Free Transform / Warp Modes button in the options bar.
Go to the Warp dropdown menu in the options bar and select the bottom icon: Cylinder.
Click & drag the on-screen controls to shape-adjust the warp:
A. Adjusts curvature at both the top and bottom B. Sets the top-right corner C. Adjusts perspective. Slide to the center to appear further away, slide to the right to appear very close D. Adjusts bottom curvature, independent of the top E. Sets the lower-left corner
You can also apply the cylindrical transform warp to Text layers while working on your creative documents.
With the August 2021 release of Photoshop 22.5, you can now use the Control (Win) / Command (Mac) modifier key to quickly toggle through the split warp options without returning to the menu bar.
You can independently move the control handles (also called 'Bezier' handles) attached to anchor points while applying a Split Warp for transformation using a keyboard shortcut.
Currently, the two Bezier handle movement options are:
You can use Alt (Win)/Option (Mac) + click on the point to toggle the state of the Bezier control (Independent movement vs. Unison). You can also Ctrl/Right-click on the anchor point and choose “Convert Warp Anchor Point” from the context menu.
Also, you can select multiple anchor points (shift+click) and then change the movement for all those points at once.
Puppet Warp provides a visual mesh that lets you drastically distort specific image areas, while leaving other areas intact. Applications range from subtle image retouching (such as shaping hair) to total transformations (such as repositioning arms or legs).
In addition to image layers, you can apply Puppet Warp to layer and vector masks. To nondestructively distort images, use Smart Objects. For more information, see Create Smart Objects.
In the Layers panel, select the layer or mask you want to transform.
Choose Edit > Puppet Warp.
In the options bar, adjust the following mesh settings:
Determines the overall elasticity of the mesh.
Choose Distort for a highly elastic mesh good for warping wide-angle images or texture maps.
Determines the spacing of mesh points. More Points increases precision but requires more processing time; Fewer Points does the opposite.
Expands or contracts the outer edge of the mesh.
Deselect to show only adjustment pins, providing a clearer preview of your transformations.
To temporarily hide adjustment pins, press the H key.
In the image window, click to add pins to areas you want to transform and areas you want to anchor in place.
To reposition or remove pins, do any of the following:
Drag pins to warp the mesh.
To reveal a mesh area you’ve overlapped with another, click the Pin Depth buttons in the options bar.
To remove selected pins, press Delete. To remove other individual pins, place the cursor directly over them, and press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS); when the scissors icon appears, click.
Click the Remove All Pins button in the options bar.
To select multiple pins, Shift-click them or choose Select All from the context menu.
To rotate the mesh around a pin, select it, and then do either of the following:
To rotate the mesh a fixed number of degrees, press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS), and position the cursor near to, but not over the pins. When a circle appears, drag to visually rotate the mesh.
The degree of rotation appears in the options bar.
When your transformation is complete, press Enter or Return.