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Apply distortion effects

The Distortion category features the Bump, Pinch, Twirl, Circle Splash, Hole, Light Tunnel, and Vortex effects — these effects physically distort your selected layer.

Apply a Bump effect

The bump effect bumps areas inwards or outwards.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Distortion > Bump (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Distortion > Bump.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Drag the Radius slider to the right to make the bumped area larger, or to the left to make it smaller. You can also enter a value from 0% to 200%.
    • Drag the Scale slider to the right to create an outward bump and increase its size, or to the left to create an inward bump and reduce its size. You can also enter a value from -100% to 100%.
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to choose which area should be bumped. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Bump pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Pinch effect

The Pinch effect moves the image towards a point, creating a squeezed look.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Distortion > Pinch (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Distortion > Pinch.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Drag the Radius slider to the right to make the pinched area larger, or to the left to make it smaller. You can also enter a value from 0% to 200%.
    • Drag the Scale slider to the right to make the pinch more intense or to the left to reduce its intensity. You can also enter a value from 0% to 200%.
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to choose which area should be pinched. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Pinch pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Twirl effect

The Twirl effect twirls the image clockwise, or counterclockwise.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Distortion > Twirl (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Distortion > Twirl.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Drag the Radius slider to the right to make the twirled area larger, or to the left to make it smaller. You can also enter a value from 0% to 200%.
    • Move the Angle wheel to adjust the direction of the twirl. You can also enter a value from 0º to 359.9º.
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to choose which area should be twirled. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Twirl pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Circle Splash effect

The Circle Splash effect stretches the image from a circular area towards the edges of an image.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Distortion > Circle Splash (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Distortion > Circle Splash.
  2. Drag the Radius slider to the right to reduce the Circle Splash effect, or to the left to expand it. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to set the center of the Circle Splash effect. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Circle Splash pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Hole effect

The Hole effect adds a hole to the image, pushing and distorting any areas near the hole outward.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Distortion > Hole (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Distortion > Hole.
  2. Drag the Radius slider to the left to reduce the Hole effect, or to the right to expand it. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to set the center of the Hole effect. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Hole pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Light Tunnel effect

The Light Tunnel effect stretches images from a circular area towards the edges of the image and lets you twist the tunnel.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Distortion > Light Tunnel (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Distortion > Light Tunnel.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Drag the Radius slider to the right to reduce the Light Tunnel effect, or to the left to increase it. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the Rotation wheel to rotate the Light Tunnel effect. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to set the center of the Light Tunnel effect. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Light Tunnel pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Vortex effect

The Vortex effect twists images around a central point to simulate a vortex.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Distortion > Vortex (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Distortion > Vortex.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Drag the Radius slider to the right to make the distorted area larger or to the left to make it smaller. You can also enter a value from 0% to 200%.
    • Drag the Amount slider to the right to increase the intensity of the vortex, or to the left to decrease it. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 1000.0 px
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to set the center of the Vortex effect. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Vortex pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

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