How to Morph an Image in Photoshop

by Ann JohnsonUpdated September 28, 2017 Images

Digital images can be morphed to create humorous, creepy or cartoon-ish pictures, using Adobe Photoshop. Elongate noses, squish faces, widen eyes, reshape figures, stretch buildings or swirl hair. If you don’t like the changes, restore the original image and start over. This technique can be used to create unique avatars or camouflaged profile photos.

Click “File,” “Open,” then select the image file (saved on your computer) to morph.

Click “Filter” in the horizontal menu bar at the top of the screen, then “Liquify…” in the menu that opens.

Move the circle (that appears over the image in the new window) by moving your cursor.

Left-click your mouse when the cursor is over an area of the picture you want to morph and hold the button down.

Move the cursor (while continuing to hold the mouse button down) in the direction you would like to stretch the image.

Release the mouse button to stop morphing the area.

Undo the changes you’ve made by clicking “Restore All” in the menu pane to the right of the screen.

Edit the brush (which is the circle over your image) by moving the levers to the right or left, in the menu panel to the right of the screen. This includes changes to the brush’s size, density and pressure.

Change the appearance of the brush strokes by selecting a different mode under the drop-down menu under "Reconstruct Options," located in the menu panel to the right of the screen.

Click "OK" when you are finished making changes.

Save the file using the “Save As” command under “File.” Give the file a new name. The original file will be replaced by the morphed version if you save using the original file name.


  • “Photoshop for Dummies”, Peter Bauer, 2005

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About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.

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