I am looking for a way to make the image below straight - like in the line. To make it clear - it would be a tattoo template, which will be placed around my upper arm.


Is there any solution of this, in Photoshop?

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    Cant be done easily. Redrawing it would be easier.
    – Scott
    May 9, 2018 at 13:34
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    My solution is below, but @scott is correct. Take the image to your tattoo artist. They will do a better job by just redrawing it. May 9, 2018 at 13:53
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It won't be perfect but you could use a Polar Coordinates filter (Filter → Distort → Polar Coordinates...) set to "Polar to Rectangular" on the image:

The result will be "straight", but will be distorted so you'll at least need to adjust the height to compensate. This is after transforming the layer to 50% height:

With a further bit of correction using a mesh warp (Edit → Transform → Warp):

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    This is a much more efficient solution. (Plus after 15 years, I now know a use for Polar Coordinates.) May 9, 2018 at 14:43
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    @GoofyMonkey indeed.... I can probably count the times I've used Polar Coordinates on one hand
    – Cai
    May 9, 2018 at 14:46
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    That's the first thing I tried, but I couldn't get it to work! I guess I centered the image the wrong way. Good see that my first instinct was right!
    – Vincent
    May 9, 2018 at 17:54
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    @GoofyMonkey I actually use polar coordinates regularly, it's really awesome for making mini planets.
    – Welz
    May 9, 2018 at 23:04

This can be done. But not done very accurately. There will be some warping and distortion when you straighten it out. That said, here's what I would do.

  1. Cut the piece into 3 separate pieces using your favorite selection method. I suggest the pen tool, but you don't really need to be that accurate.


  1. Put each piece on it's own layer.

  2. Then use the Puppet Warp Tool (Edit > Puppet Warp) to straighten each piece out. Add points along the curve and align the points and image into a straight(ish) line.

Add Points

  1. If you need to, you can align the layers into one long line.

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