2D cone warp

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by NStocks, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. NStocks macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2008

    I'm trying to create a christmas decoration using a sheet of cardboard that is formed into a cone shape.

    The pattern as is currently stands will overlap itself and deform because of the curvature of the cone.

    Is there a way (in photoshop) to distort a graphic in 2 dimensional, so that when it it assembled in 3D it returns to the way it was before distortion. I also want to keep all the trees vertical, as in the first image.

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  2. DimitriKatsaros macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2012
    I suppose the easy way would be to assemble a blank sheet of paper the same way, draw lines as you would like the trees to appear, unfold, scan and use that as a first layer in photoshop to align your trees onto in the second.

    Does that make sense?


  3. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2012
    B'more or Less
    Hi, yes there is, although I used Affinity Photo rather than Photoshop but the principle is the same.

    First of all, I downloaded this cone template from this site:

    I opened it up in Affinity, set it as a top layer, set to multiply. I also rotated the template so the top point was centered & the side points were level.

    Then I opened your tree pattern photo, selected just the pattern and copied & pasted it into the cone file in Affinity, placed the layer beneath the cone template, then used the Mesh Warp Tool to distort it to fit the cone template. Bunch the top nodes to peak of the cone, & pull the node handles out along the bottom to curve the trees pattern to fit the curved cone bottom. Photoshop has mesh warping too.

    My version is messy because I rushed it. :eek:

    Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 11.33.29 AM.png

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