How to Reshape an Object in Photoshop

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Reshaping an object in real life, such as making a round ball into a pointy traffic cone, may be close to an impossibility, but doing so on your computer screen, such as with the Adobe Photoshop software, is as quick as making a few clicks. Adobe Photoshop's tools help designers render -- and re-render -- any object into a new shape.

  • Open Photoshop. Click the "File" menu, then "Open." Browse to the picture with the object to reshape, and double-click the image. When the picture appears, press the "Ctrl" and "+" keys together to zoom in until the object to reshape takes up most of the screen.

  • Click the "Lasso" tool on the Tools pane. Draw an outline around the object to reshape. Right-click inside the outline and select "Layer via Copy." A new "Layer 1" is added with just the object at the Layers palette in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

  • Click the small icon of the eyeball to the left of the Background layer in the palette. This hides -- but does not delete -- the layer so you can work on the object.

  • Pull down the Edit menu and click "Transform." Select "Warp." A grid of nine squares surround the object.

  • Drag or pull on the boxes in the corners of the squares or one of the circles around the border of the squares. Continue to "warp" the object until it is in the preferred shape. Press the "Enter" key on the keyboard to commit the reshape and remove the grid of boxes.

  • Click the space for the eyeball icon to force the Background layer to reappear. Click the small lined icon at the top-right of the Layers palette and select "Merge Down." Now the two layers are one again and the object is back on the background.

  • Click the "File" menu, then "Save As." Give the image a new name and click the "Save" button.

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