by Julieanne Kost

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February 7, 2012

In order to warp multiple layers as if they are one (such as multiple text layers), on the Layers panel, select the layers and choose Layer > Smart Object > Convert to Smart Object. Then, choose Edit > Transform > Warp and apply the warp to the Smart Object. To re-edit any of the individual layers, choose Layer > Smart Object > Edit Contents or simply double-click on the layer’s thumbnail in the Layers panel.


  • By Patrick - 1:42 AM on February 17, 2013  

    After converting to Smart Object, Edit>Transform are all greyed out. ;-(

  • By Malte - 6:55 AM on March 8, 2013  

    Same issue here. All options greyed out. What you can do though and what does work, is to capture the warping as an action, and then run the action on the other layers…

  • By Beekeeper - 6:53 PM on April 6, 2013  

    Warping should work even if you don’t have any content inside smart object. Which version of photoshop you are using.

  • By David - 8:31 PM on May 12, 2013  

    Same issue here but warping does work with the entire Layer(s). It only greys out when I select a particular space inside the smart object. I’m using Photoshop CS6 extended.

  • By Andrew - 9:46 PM on August 14, 2013  

    This has been a big problem for me and there is no way to warp multiple layers and still retain the warped shapes of the individual layers. However there is one solution that can work. What I was trying to do is to transform/warp color separations for screen printing , which was all stored in individual channels. If I save each channel out and load them back in as individual layers, I will need to warp each layer exactly the same, in order to then transfer them back as channels. So each layer has to to be filled 100% exactly the same size, it won’t work with transparency (you’d have to fill white or some background color). Then duplicate all the layers and make a composite on top of them all. Create a new action and record the warping of the composite. When you’re done with warping the composite and apply the transformation, stop the action recording. Now go to each subsequent layer and run the action. Each layer will transform exactly as if they were all transformed together. From everything I’ve tried and read, this is the only way to do it. It sounds like a lot of work, but you can assign a function key to the action and just bang them out one at a time quickly. I haven’t finished the piece yet, but initial tests on simple objects works perfectly. I’ll probably have to do multiple warps in different sections, so it may not be so easy, but at least there is some hope.