Discover Puppet Warp in Illustrator CC

In collaboration with Gauri Arankalle Panicker

Are you tired of transforming your vector drawings in the same tedious way, adjusting each path and anchor point? Get the latest version of Illustrator CC and discover the new Puppet Warp tool.

You will find step-by-step instructions for how to use the Puppet Warp tool to modify your artwork in the following articles:

But before you dive into using the tool, let’s look at a few examples where a simple artwork has been made funky using the easy-to-use Puppet Warp tool.

Effortlessly model your character using the Puppet Warp tool

Effortlessly model your character using the Puppet Warp tool

Easily mold text using the Puppet Warp tool

Easily mold text using the Puppet Warp tool

You can do more with these funky drawings. You can work with them in Photoshop and create spectacular frame animations in a few steps. Take a look at the following examples:

Want to learn how to create such animations? Just follow these steps!

  1. Select your artwork in Illustrator CC

In Illustrator CC, select the artwork you want to transform.

  1. Transform using the Puppet Warp tool in Illustrator CC

Select the Puppet Warp tool from the Tools panel. Then, add pins by clicking the areas you wish to transform and those you wish to anchor in place. To transform your artwork, click-drag a pin or move the dotted circle that appears when you position the cursor near a pin.

  1. Create and export frames using Illustrator CC

Now, let’s create multiple frames for the GIF using this tool. Alt/Option-drag the artboard and transform your artwork again using the Puppet Warp tool. Continue this step until you get the desired output. Use the Export For Screens command to export your frames.

Create and export frames using Illustrator CC

  1. Import frames into Photoshop CC

It’s time to launch Adobe Photoshop CC. Create a new document and add the frames that you’ve created in the previous step. Adjust the timings of the frame in the Timeline panel and select the desired looping option.

If you need help with the procedure, follow the instructions in these articles:

  1. Export your frame animation as a GIF using Photoshop CC

Export your frame animation as a GIF using the Save For Web command.

Don’t restrict yourself to graphics! Create text, transform it using the Puppet Warp tool in Illustrator CC, and come up with frame animations using Photoshop CC.

 

Give the tools a spin! And add your comments to this post – we love to hear from you.