Are You Utilizing the Warp and Free Transform Tools Enough in Your Photography?

If you're dogmatic about being a photographic purist, then this video might be too much to handle for you. If, on the other hand, you're open to new ways of creating and experimenting with Photoshop, then this will be right up your alley.

Commercial advertising photographer and Canon Explorer of Light, Joel Grimes, is a firm believer that a camera is a tool to be used in conjunction with other tools — like Photoshop — in order to bring a vision to life, as opposed to something that's purely used to document a moment in time. Everyone has their own process and everyone has a right to choose how they create or take photographs. If you don't like post-processing or if you think that altering the original composition with the warp tool is sacrilege, then that's your process, and that's okay. 

You don't have to add or remove things from your photos in order to make them "better." But as long as people are upfront about how they create their art, then there really shouldn't be any objections. It is, after all, an art. Obviously, if you're a photojournalist on an assignment then you need to operate under a different set of rules or guidelines but photography isn't just about the decisive moment. The camera is a tool to be explored, not boxed into a strict category. 

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Hector Belfort's picture

Personally I find Joel Grimes excellent. He explains well and if you can get his videos on sale they are good value.

Ian Browne's picture

Good one! Certainly not a tool many use or even know about so any information is great . Your demonstration is very clever and something I have not considered . Thank you for sharing

I have used the perspective and mesh warp tools for years to pull badly photographed landscape panoramas in to line .. I used affinity photo ;) these days .

Perspective tool is great to make /add a more UWA look; however I often find mesh warp does it better and with more control
Something I have not seen (that I remember) is showing how the Affinity mesh warp is not just an edge moving tool . Any part of the image can be move around similar to the liquify tool; but with far more finer control .

It is easy to over do any edits/adjustment and mesh wrap is no exception so care is needed when really ripping an image around as I do .

Cheers -- keep safe

Ken Yee's picture

Wow that was a lot of work for that final image 😮