How to wrap an image around an object in Photoshop

Updated March 23, 2017

Photoshop, Adobe's graphic design and photo manipulation software, features a variety of tools designers and photographers can use to enhance and edit their images. One such tool lets you wrap an image or texture around another object. This technique can be useful for graphic artists who want to add style to their designs or for photographers who want to edit their photos to create interesting effects or cartoonish caricatures of their subjects.

Open the object around which you want to wrap an image in Photoshop by clicking on the "File" menu and choosing "Open." Navigate to the image in the Explorer window, click on it to highlight it and press "Open."

Select the entire image by accessing the "Select" menu and choosing "All."

Copy the image by opening the "Edit" menu and choosing "Copy." Alternatively, use the shortcut "Ctrl"-"C" on a Windows PC or "Command"-"C" on Mac OS X.

Prepare the image for conversion into a contour map by accessing the "Image" menu, selecting "Mode" and choosing "Grayscale." Apply a blur to the image by selecting "Filter" then "Blur" and "Gaussian Blur." Enter a radius of 2.0 pixels and press "OK."

Save the current image as a PSD file (you may use any file name you wish as long as you will remember it) by opening the "File" menu and choosing "Save As."

Open the texture or image you want to use as wrapping in Photoshop through the "Open" option in the "File" menu.

Paste your photograph over the top of the texture by selecting "Paste" from the "Edit" menu. Alternatively, use the shortcut "Ctrl"-"V" on a Windows PC or "Cmd"-"V" on Mac OS X.

Select the wrapping layer from the "Layers" pane by clicking on it. Access the "Filter" menu and choose the "Distort" option and then "Displace." Leave the settings at the defaults and press "OK." In the window that pops up, find the displacement map you created and highlight it. Click "Open." This will distort your wrapping to match the shape and contours of your object.

Make a selection around the areas of your photograph you want to apply the texture to. For instance, if you will be wrapping an image around a cylinder, make a selection around your cylinder using the Elliptical Marquee tool. Alternatively, make a selection around a subject's face to wrap a texture around the face by using the Lasso tool.

Access the "Select" menu and choose the "Inverse" option to select everything in the image but the area you want to apply the wrapping to. Hit the "Delete" key to delete the extraneous area. The image will now appear to be wrapped around your object.

Access the "Blending Mode" option in the "Layers" pane and select a blending option that best integrates your wrapping with the object. Depending on the effect that you are looking for, different blending modes will produce different results. Choose "Soft Light," for example, to integrate a texture into a photograph.

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