How to Morph Photos

by William Carne

Morphing photos works like smudging does on an oil painting. It's a good way to create some surreal or dreamlike effects in an image by manipulating straight lines and curving them. High quality image editors like Adobe Photoshop and Corel Paintshop Photo Pro have "liquify" tools that makes it relatively easy to create whatever effect you want, however, perfecting the image takes time and patience.

Open your image editor and the photo you want to morph. From the "Filter" menu, select the "Liquify" tool.

Review the options for morphing the image. In Adobe Photoshop, the liquify tool provides options like "forward warp, twirl, pucker, bloat and push."

Set your brush size, density and pressure. Brush size chooses how big an area you will affect, density controls how strong the edge of the brush is, and pressure changes how much you affect the image.

Warp the image by selecting the tool that looks like a hand pointing. Click and drag the cursor to warp the image.

Twirl, pucker and bloat the image by selecting the correct tool and performing the same click-and-drag action.

Push the image by selecting the tool. Drag up to push pixels to the left, and down to push pixels right. To use the tool vertically, drag left to push pixels down and drag right to push pixels up. This is a little more intuitive than it sounds and after a little practice you should find it easy to control. To expand or contract an image, click and drag clockwise or counter-clockwise respectively.

About the Author

William Carne started writing professionally in 2009 and has been published around the web, including inTravel Mag, Hack Writers and He has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in art from the University of Calgary.

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