Photoshop is famous, if not downright notorious, for its ability to distort reality. Which is ironic given that most of us whose job it is to distort reality are frustrated by Photoshop’s meager collection of reality-distortion tools. I mean, there’s Liquify, there’s the Warp command . . . there’s Liquify. I ask you, where are all the fabulously terrifying distortion tools?
Well, in CS5, the folks who wring their hand about Photoshop’s world-warping powers finally have something to wring their hands about. And it goes by the name Puppet Warp. Take the subject of an image, jump it to a new layer, choose Edit > Puppet Warp, add a few pins, and drag those pins anywhere you like. Photoshop stretches and twists and bends the image any way you want it to go. Even behind itself. Which, I gotta tell you, is truly weird.
But, hey: Puppet Warp is fun to use, it’s funny to watch, and it’s extremely powerful. If you thought you couldn’t see your eyes before, just wait until you see the puppet warp.