Photoshop Idea: Warp Mask (or a better name, but it's useful!)

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Say, you have a picture of a football, and you want to photoshop a lot of logo's on to it.
(And obviously have them change shape, to look realistic on this round surface)

It would be great if you could warp just once, and have that transformation applied to all of the logo's...

More practical: As soon as you warp a (smart) object, a 'warp mask' is added to that layer in the layers-palette, looks almost like a normal mask. This warp mask can than easily be copied (alt-dragged) to any other layer, that will then transform using the same 'warp mask'.

As with normal masks, you can choose to either lock it to the layer, or unlock it, so you can freely move your logo's over the football within the warp mask so they keep changing angle to remain realistic.

This would be awesome, does anyone get it? :)

Thanks!
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Joost de Haas

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Posted 6 years ago

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As the Warp is dependent on the Layer’s bounds the feature may cause unexpected results for Layers of different sizes.
In any case he workaround of changing the content of the Smart Object (or a new one created with Layers > Smart Objects > New Smart Object via Copy) seems OK if one starts with a sufficiently large one.
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Joost de Haas

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Well.

That's exactly the point.
The Warp is now indeed dependent on the Layer's bounds...

My suggestion:
There should be a new function in which the warp uses the document bounds instead, so layers can move within this warp grid. Sort of like vanishing point, but with more sophisticated shapes.

Say, you have a picture of a body, and want to tattoo it. It would be great if you could first create a warp grid, designed specifically for this body, and then just drag layers in there, that will automatically follow the curves of the body.

Does that make it more clear?

(I think it's pretty brilliant... :)
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You may want to check out Illustrator’s Envelope Distort, Photoshop’s Displace Filter or some proper 3D applications.