Using Puppet Warp In Photoshop CS5 To Straighten Walls

August 30th, 2011

If you have Photoshop CS5 and do real estate photography you should know about how to use the puppet warp feature to straighten walls in architectural photos.

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this video! I’d never paid much attention to puppet warp but it is a really cool feature. Note that this feature was new in CS5 so it’s not available in older versions of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. It’s one of those awesome features that you get for the extra money you pay for CS5.

This is indeed a hidden gem! Thanks Jeff!

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6 Responses to “Using Puppet Warp In Photoshop CS5 To Straighten Walls”

  • really great! though what I use is lens and vertical corrections in Lightroom, DxO or PTlens. Usually that does the whole job. But sometimes it doesn’t! this could fix those problems very quickly. Truly an hidden gem.

  • I always wondered what Puppet Warp was. Very cool.


  • Thanks Larry for posting this video. A couple years ago I photographed the great room of a home where I used two wide-angle vertical shots in Photomerge to stitch them and it warped many ceiling-wall lines. Five minutes of using Puppet Warp and I had all of them looking normal! I’ve used Puppet Warp for many other subjects but never for this.

  • Thank you for posting this! I had seen Puppet Warp taught as a way to move body parts, but didn’t think about using it to adjust features of a room.

    I am not a real estate photographer, but I do love to light things, and I find real estate photography interesting. I took a photograph of a baby awhile ago, and wanted to straighten my verts on a piece of furniture in the background. Regular lens correction wasn’t doing a great job (granted, I am no expert in straightening verts. I only recognize when they’re not straight!) The puppet warp did just the trick. The lines in the furniture/background go straight now. Hooray! 🙂

  • When I turn on Puppet warp I suddenly get a bunch of lines all over. Am I doing something wrong??

  • Kim…doesn’t appear anyone answered your question….Yes, puppet warp tool lays a bunch of lines over your photograph. Click anywhere on the picture and it drops pins that can be manipulated.

    I have found that Transform>Skew is far easier for straightening verticals than is using the Puppet tool. The puppet Tool is fantastic for straightening horizontals after using photomerge, though. I couldn’t do what I do without the Photomerge/puppet warp tool combination!

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