Curvy Or Straight? Mastering the Puppet Warp Tool

Heather here, to share one of my favorite tools in PSCS5. This is a new tool to CS5, so earlier versions do not have this tool, nor does PSE. My favorite tool is the puppet warp tool. Seriously, best tool ever for this template junky. I love that I can change the elements around like turning a curvy banner, straight; or a straight banner, curvy. I love that I can take a curvy string and re-shape it so it doesn’t cover a part of a picture that I don’t want covered. I love that I can take a straight stitched line and curve it so that it looks like I’ve stitched a banner down.

So let’s get started on how to use this favorite tool of mine…

I going to use ric-rac to form the banner and then I’m going to take a straight stitch and have it curve over the ric-rac and lastly I’m going to take a ribbon and adjust it a bit.

Using Puppet Warp to Curve Ric-Rac to Match the Curve of a Banner

1. Line your ric-rac so the ends of the ric-rac meet the ends of the banner

2. Edit –> Puppet Warp

3. You’ll see a fun grid show up on top of your element

4. Since I don’t want the ends to move, I need to anchor them, so I move the cursor over the top of one end of the banner and click and you’ll see a “pin” placed there

5. “Pin” the other end of the banner and this will anchor the ends so they won’t move

6. “Pin” in the middle of the ric-rac, this will be where we will curve our ric-rac

7. While you’re clicked on that middle “pin” drag it down to the middle of the banner

8. I see that my ric-rac isn’t completely connected to my banner on the right side, so I make another “pin” and click where the ric-rac is disconnected from the banner

9. And drag it down to meet the banner and I continue to do this until it looks to match up the banner completely, placing “pins” where ever needed and dragging to where that part needs to be

Using Puppet Warp to Curve a Straight Stitch

additional credits: All These Photos 1 by Janet Phillips, DJB Fonts: Holly Serif by Darcy Baldwin {fontography}

using puppet warp to adjust a ribbon

additional credits: All These Photos 7 by Janet Phillips, DJB Fonts: Holly Serif by Darcy Baldwin {fontography}

and here is my completed layout with the changes made to the three elements

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Here are a few more examples of layouts I’ve done that used the puppet warp tool to make changes to some elements…

In this layout, I curved the baker’s twine from straight across to curve a little bit to meet the banner from the template.

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In this layout I curved Erica’s straight stitches to match the curve of the banner from the template…

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In this layout I played with the string a LOT… I wanted it to meet up with two clusters and didn’t go across the journaling… then I turned the bow a bit so it was more upright…

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I hope you get a chance to play around with this a bit and have some fun and love it as much as I do… I can’t wait to see what you all do with it!!!

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