In Photoshop, is there a way to warp an irregular image selected area, but with controllable number of sides (let's say 8), by these boundary lines instead of a general rectangle around the selection (with help of Illustrator if necessary)?

warp/transform/distort the blue area into red area (containing some image/pattern whose content is acceptable to be distorted)

  • Yes. But without seeing the actual picture and usecase i can not describe a solution. I can not be expected to write a book on all cases and guessing game is not a good idea as you will just interject with no wont work in this situation because X. well either help us help you or expect vague answers.
    – joojaa
    Sep 18, 2016 at 11:02
  • Yeah. I study how to insert an image here :).
    – mike
    Sep 18, 2016 at 11:18
  • That is still just the same thing as a square. So do it as a square.
    – joojaa
    Sep 19, 2016 at 19:04
  • Nope, it is an 8-like shape, skewed at the right. The red area is a pattern, imagine a ground with leaves, for the exercise. It doesn't matters the content, I am looking for a way to distort this "8" instead of cropping.
    – mike
    Sep 19, 2016 at 19:15
  • Yes but you can treat it as 2 squares safely.
    – joojaa
    Sep 19, 2016 at 19:28

2 Answers 2


I discovered this method in Illustrator while doing a curved label:

  • Place a raster, embedded, not linked.
  • Convert the raster to a Symbol (F8).
  • Put your "arbitrary polygon" above the symbol.
  • Press Ctrl-Alt-C or choose the menu item Object: Envelope Distort: Make with Top Object.

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I think you already know about Transform-> warp and it's not giving satisfying result.

Only similar option I remember is a Puppet warp

Quick guide: 1.Select layer 2.go to edit->Puppet warp (triangular grid will appear on the object) 3. Add several anchors to object by clicking 4. Click and drag to move the anchor and portion of object

When you exit Puppet warp tool, anchors are lost

Hope this will help. More info https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/warp-images-shapes-paths.html

  • Puppet warp is far too complex and removes parts of the original object at the corners. I can't control it.
    – mike
    Sep 18, 2016 at 9:33

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