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Reshape areas of an image

The reshaping tools let you manipulate the shape of specific areas of an image. Using the Warp, Bump, Pinch, and Twirls tools, you can make anything from subtle changes to portrait photos to extreme transformations of entire objects. The reshaping tools are often used to retouch images, but they can also be used to create striking artistic effects.

Warp a specific area of an image

The Warp tool lets you push and pull a specific area of an image in any direction.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Tools > Reshape > Warp (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click or choose if from the grouped tools.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, customize the Warp tool:

    Brush Size: Drag the Brush Size slider to adjust the size of the Warp tool brush. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Brush Size slider beyond 100%. You can also manually enter a value from 0% to 200%.


    Strength: Drag the Strength slider to adjust the intensity of the warping effect.

    Tip: You can use the [ and ] keys on your keyboard to change the size of the Warp tool brush. 


  3. Click and drag an area of your image to warp it.


Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looked like before you warped anything in it.

Click Reset to discard all the current changes made with the Warp tool.

Bump a specific area of an image

When you click or drag an area in your image with the Bump tool, it moves the central areas away towards the edges of the brush, creating a bump in that part of your image.

The Warp tool lets you push and pull a specific area of an image in any direction.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Tools > Reshape > Bump (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click or choose if from the grouped tools.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, customize the Bump tool:

    Brush Size: Drag the Brush Size slider to adjust the size of the Bump tool brush. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Brush Size slider beyond 100%. You can also manually enter a value from 0% to 200%.


    Strength: Drag the Strength slider to adjust the intensity of the bumping effect.


    Tip: You can use the [ and ] keys on your keyboard to change the size of the Bump tool brush.

  3. Click and hold down or drag an area of your image to bump it.


Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looked like before you bumped anything in it.

Click Reset to discard all the current changes made with the Bump tool.

Pinch a specific area of an image

When you click or drag an area in your image with the Pinch tool, it moves the outer areas towards the center of the brush, pinching that part of your image.

The Warp tool lets you push and pull a specific area of an image in any direction.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Tools > Reshape > Pinch (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click or choose if from the grouped tools.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, customize the Pinch tool:

    Brush Size: Drag the Brush Size slider to adjust the size of the Pinch tool brush. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Brush Size slider beyond 100%. You can also manually enter a value from 0% to 200%.


    Strength: Drag the Strength slider to adjust the intensity of the pinching effect.


    Tip: You can use the [ and ] keys on your keyboard to change the size of the Pinch tool brush.

  3. Click and hold down or drag an area of your image to pinch it.


Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looked like before you pinched anything in it.

Click Reset to discard all the current changes made with the Pinch tool.

Twirl a specific area of an image

When you click or drag an area in your image with the Twirl tool, it rotates the areas inside the brush around in a circle, creating a twirl.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Tools > Reshape > Twirl (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click or choose if from the grouped tools.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, customize the Twirl tool:

    Brush Size: Drag the Brush Size slider to adjust the size of the Twirl tool brush. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Brush Size slider beyond 100%. You can also manually enter a value from 0% to 200%.


    Strength: Drag the Strength slider to adjust the intensity of the twirling effect.


    Twirl Right: Click to twirl the area clockwise.

    Twirl Left: Click to twirl the area counterclockwise.

    Tip: You can use the [ and ] keys on your keyboard to change the size of the Twirl tool brush.

  3. Click and hold down or drag an area of your image to twirl it.


Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looked like before you twirled anything in it.

Click Reset to discard all the current changes made with the Twirl tool.

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