The Warp tool
This revolutionary tool will allow you to warp your images thanks to an algorithm which gives some elasticity to your pixels!
Let’s take this image as an example:
Once the Warp tool is activated, the image is surrounded by a grid of small blue squares.
You can increase the size of the squares by increasing the value of the Square Size.
You will see a blue circle when the cursor hovers over the squares' intersections.
This blue circle is the handle which you can pull around in order to warp your drawing.
Have fun warping your drawing!
You will notice that the possibilities are nearly endless, but your drawing will still maintain some integrity.
Holding the [Ctrl] key lets you move the entire drawing.
Apply: once satisfied with your settings, click on this button to complete the warping operation (you can also use the [Enter] shortcut to do so). Clicking on this button will also reset the grid to its default state.
Reset: allows you to go back to the original drawing, unless you clicked on Apply.
The Undo function will only apply to this tool after Applying the changes.
Source: allows you to choose between the current image or look for an image stored in the Library.
1) Current image: this option is ideal to correct an image’s little flaws.
Keep in mind that warping an image many times may alter its quality.
2) From Library: this option is ideal if you want to warp a particular element without altering the quality of your whole image. However, you will need to store the elements you wish to warp in the project’s Library beforehand.
Once you select this option in Source, the Library will open. Double click on the image you wish to use.
By always having the same source, you will be sure not to alter the pixels of your image after several manipulations.
You can also use pins to lock an area of your drawing. We can create an anchor at the top of the sheep's neck, just below its head. To do so, you only need to right-click on a point:
It is even recommended to create other points on the line to have a better anchoring.
Once these pins are locked, we will be able to move the sheep's head by having minimal interaction on the neck. If you create two more pins, you will be able to move the ear without any interaction with the stalk, or vice-versa.
Holding the [Shift] key allows you to circle the area containing all the points you wish to select in order to lock them. Once your selection is done, right-click on any of the selected points to make a menu appear and click on « Lock this point » to lock them all.
Once locked, simply right click on any of those selected points to unlock them all at once by clicking on the "Unlock this point" pop up. You can then unselect all the points by clicking outside the grid.
[Shift + click] allows you to select and lock a point immediately
You can also:
*Move around the object you are applying the Warp tool to by holding the [Ctrl] key.
*Rotate the object you are applying the Warp tool to by holding the [Ctrl + Shift] keys.
*Resize the object you are applying the Warp tool to by holding the [Ctrl] key while clicking on the right mouse button.
Note that clicking on the "Apply" button will also reset your grid to its default state and unlock all your points.
Clicking on Reset will undo any warping changes but will also delete your pins.
Rigidity: will allow you to give more or less elasticity to your source by choosing a percentage value between 1 and 100.
Size: will allow you to modify your image's size with a percentage value.
Locked Points: will allow you to see the number of locked points and to unlock them all with the cross located on the right.
Square size: allows you to change the squares' size by choosing a value from 4 to 100.
The smaller the squares, the more the warping will be precise. However, it may also be slower to interact with depending on your computer's resources.
The larger the squares, the less precise the warping will be. It will be faster to compute, but the number of warping possibilities will be limited.
Grid Color: this function allows you to change the grid’s (i.e. the squares) color.
You need to click on the little blue (by default) square to get a picker. You will then be able to look for another color in the Color Panel or in the software’s interface.
The adjacent value (50% by default) allows you to modify this grid’s opacity.
Continuous calculation: If activated, the tool will compute the grid's rigidity continuously while you're not using it. When the result suits you, uncheck the function to deactivate it and stop the computing.
The Reset button does not behave like classic reset buttons that go back to a panel or function's default parameters.
The Warp tool does not have a reset button, you need to manually change the parameters to go back to the default ones.