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Waving Flag

With this tutorial I am going to show you a way to create a waving effect using Adobe Photoshop (It can also be done with other graphic design software since the tools we are going to use can be found in almost all graphic design programs). I use this technique mainly for creating waving flags, however it can be used on any image and in various graphic design projects.

Let’s start

Draw or open your photo. For this Tutorial I am going to use this USA flag.

USA flag

1) Double click on the padlock next to your flag layer to unlock the layer

Unlock Layer

2) Go to “Image” -> “Canvas Size” and increase the canvas size by 20% both horizontal and vertical. Make sure you have the “Relative” box is checked.

3) Go to “Image” -> “Rotate Canvas” -> 90 CW

4) Go to “Filter” -> “Distort” -> “Shear” and use these settings

Shear filter settings

5) Go to “Image” -> “Rotate Canvas” -> 90 CCW

6) 4) Go to “Filter” -> “Distort” -> “Shear” and use these settings

Shear filter settings

21 Responses to Waving Flag

  1. kahel November 14, 2005 at 6:59 pm #

    nice tutorials, thanks for sharing your knoeledge in photoshop

  2. dipesh November 15, 2005 at 7:03 am #

    thanks u very much i shall try this tutorial :)

  3. Jenny November 16, 2005 at 4:04 pm #

    Thankyou! that is so fun.. cept I have a problem that’s keeping me from doing it, that maybe you could help with..
    The part were you select the objects, and the “add to selection” button.. okay.. umm.. A couple of months ago, that tool bar dissapered.. and I have been looking for it ever since… do you know how I get that back?

    THANKYOU!!!

    -Jenn

  4. zer09 November 16, 2005 at 4:22 pm #

    not bad…

  5. randy November 16, 2005 at 6:04 pm #

    nice :-) this is gorgeous and ever so patriotic, i will forever thank you.

  6. Musicogy November 16, 2005 at 8:13 pm #

    I’ve tried out the tutorial – I’ve achieved a similar but better effect! ;) Thanks mate!

  7. Dimitris November 18, 2005 at 11:31 am #

    Thanks for the nice comments :)

  8. davidson November 29, 2005 at 2:50 am #

    thanks for the wonderful tutorial. photoshop is very interesting… it makes a photo to a real image view

  9. Gracelyn Davidson November 29, 2005 at 2:52 am #

    That was a nice tutorial. A new lesson that i learnt…

  10. joe November 29, 2005 at 10:27 am #

    this thing is narnley like bob marley

  11. john November 30, 2005 at 5:30 am #

    such a nice and easy tut

  12. somil November 30, 2005 at 10:06 am #

    nice tut…………hey jenny…..the tool box is in window option on top…….

  13. roop December 1, 2005 at 2:37 am #

    thanx for this tutorial it enhanced my interest

  14. ANKIT VYAS December 3, 2005 at 10:46 am #

    thanxs this is a new type and very creative tutorial

  15. nick December 7, 2005 at 4:55 am #

    nice and creative….

  16. tagmac December 11, 2005 at 8:35 am #

    really nice tutorial. thnx.

  17. Rafy El Rumeh December 12, 2005 at 5:49 am #

    Really very fantastic and great go ahead

  18. sudip bakshi December 14, 2005 at 2:22 am #

    nice try but the shadows need a 3d effect at least

  19. Sara Wessels December 14, 2005 at 3:10 pm #

    Dear PSLOVER:

    Thanks for the awesome photoshop tutorials. I will especially use the wavy USA flag technique in my future computer drawings.

    Thanks
    Sara

  20. John Vijay December 18, 2005 at 11:04 pm #

    Very good totorial.. I really enjoyed..

  21. Sandeep Chugh December 20, 2005 at 2:53 am #

    Nice way to wave a Flag