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How to Make a Pregnant Stomach in Photoshop

by Filonia LeChatUpdated September 28, 2017

Although the Adobe Photoshop image editing software isn’t magic, one of its magic-like abilities is letting users depict themselves in ways not capturable in photographs. Play around with taking on new identities, such as test driving a pregnant stomach, with a few of Photoshop’s image distortion features. Photoshop’s capabilities let you see not only how you would look at three months or 30 weeks, but also in profile and straight on.

In Profile

Start Photoshop, click “File” and select “Open.” Navigate to the picture of a person standing sideways to add a pregnant stomach onto and double-click the image file name. If the image doesn’t open entirely, click the “View” menu and select “Fit on Screen.”

Click the “Lasso” tool on the “Tools” pane. Draw an outline around just the person’s lower torso half, a few inches up from the belly button and a few inches below. Right-click inside the lasso outline and select “Layer via Copy.”

Pull down the “Edit” menu and select “Transform.” Click “Warp.” A grid of nine boxes, plus squares and circles appear around the torso.

Click and drag on the circles or boxes on the side that the person is facing. If the person is facing left, drag the left side of the solid circles or hollow squares. As you drag, the stomach will start to bulge. Drag until satisfied with the appropriate bulge, such as first trimester or heavily pregnant. Press the “Enter” key when satisfied.

Facing Forward

Start Photoshop, click “File” and select “Open.” Navigate to the picture of a person facing forward to add a pregnant stomach onto and double-click the image file name. If the image doesn’t open entirely, click the “View” menu and select “Fit on Screen.”

Click the “Lasso” tool on the Tools pane. Draw an outline around just the person’s lower torso half, a few inches up from the belly button and a few inches below. Right-click inside the lasso outline and select “Layer via Copy.”

Pull down the “Filter” menu and select “Distort.” Click “Spherize” from the fly-out menu.

Drag the “Amount” slider to the left or right to increase or decrease the pregnant belly bulge. Click “OK” when satisfied.

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