Photoshop: Warp tool needs more control

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I use the warp tool to put a lot of logos on products. Mostly onto cylindrical shapes and so the warp tool is really the quickest and easiest way. It would be handy if there was another preset which skewed the middle section towards one edge, squeezing it as it goes, with the added skew of curving up or down as a modifier. This would make it amazingly easier to distort a logo around a label, having the logo squeeze more as it went around, and the skew could help with the angle of looking down or up at the product.Also, the warp tool would be AMAZINGLY easier to use if each of the 16 handles were verticies which could be selected and moved individually WITHOUT affecting any that were not selected. Currently if one is moved it slightly affects the others causing the need for constant adjustment of ALL handles back and forward till the graphic is in the desired place.
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Warren Hyde

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Andy McGinnis

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Warren, I'm a very frequent user of PW, and I echo your frustration. It seems Adobe simply doesn't care much about improving the tool. I'm CONSTANTLY using it however. I work with furniture image editing every day, and am forced to use the tool because it's the best option for me to do things like add bedding to a frame, change the perspective of a dresser/mirror to fit into a room setting, etc. I've even suggested the PW tool to incorporate rounded corners, beveling, and of course for those dang points to STAY PUT.

Apparently, we'll have to wait a while longer... 
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Cristen Gillespie

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I'd like to see all the different warp features in one dialog. We have a Blur Gallery, a Select and Mask module, even a Filter Gallery for ancient in need of an update Filters, so why not let us have warps together in such a way we can switch easily if one isn't the right one, and use them together if it takes more than one type of warp to get the job done, and more easily add to the overall function of a Warp module. I do realise that this is asking for a major feature, not something that would be done overnight, but it could modernize the interface for the general task considerably, as well as be pretty obvious what means of warping were missing and where they could best be added in.

Transform> Warp is pretty antiquated, but all the warps could be better presented to the user.
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Charles Cronley

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I share Andy's frustration of the lack of improvement in this valuable tool. I've often wondered why Adobe hasn't done Warren's suggestion. If you do use it a lot, as I do for adding quick logo labels on cylinder shapes, make a smart object out of it then warp it. the smart object "remembers " the beziers, which you can further edit. then you copy it and paste it to a new file and edit the smart object and swap out logo labels, maintaining the editable warp mesh. If you want to duplicate it within the same file to make a different label, you can't just copy and paste because if you edit the smart object, it changes both, handy if that is desired, but  you have to paste it to another file and recopy it and paste it back to the original file if you want to swap the  logo label
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Andy McGinnis

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Hi Charles,

Actually you can duplicate the same warped SO within the same file. Just use the New Smart Object Via Copy command under Layer>Smart Objects, or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+J (PC) think that would be Cmd+Apple+Shift+J on Mac.. (?). At any rate this would duplicate your warped logo SO into a new one that you can go inside and switch out, keeping your old SO intact.
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Charles Cronley

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Yeah, Thanks, Andy. I eventually figured that out when I had a job that was heavy with warped smart objects. I also found that a linked ai file inside a smart object won't auto update if the ai file is modified.