Distorting and merging images is not as simple as it seems when using some of the popular tools out there. If these things are primarily what you’re looking to do, then we suggest checking out a specialized program. Today, we’re going to talk about Contort, which is a free tool that was designed specifically for distorting and merging images. We’ve been using it for a few days now and can safely say that it works quite well.
What we like about Contort is the fact that it merges any image without leaving evidence of merging behind. Well, the evidence is there, but it’s not easily seen by the naked eye, an that’s great for professional uses among other things.
What’s most important about the program, is its ease of use, well, at least from our perspective. We didn’t have many difficulties understanding the user interface and the many controls, so that bodes well for you, the reader
Create surreal images with Contort for Windows
Contort for Windows PC lets you distort and merge images. It is a free graphic utility for generating surreal artistic images by applying any of the following: dappling, pencil drawing, color blushing, segmenting, embossing, warping and other distortion effects.
Let us take a look at its features:
- Open image
- Distort an image
- Merge images
1] Open image
Adding your first image is super easy, and to make things even more appealing, the program shows the user how to add an image. Therefore, even the biggest novice in the world should be able to complete the task.
OK, so to add an image, click on File > Open Image, and from there, select and add the image you want to edit.
2] Distort an image
Be sure to determine where on the image you wish to distort. Once you’ve located what you’re looking for, use the mouse to drag a rectangular shape around the chosen section. Finally, click on the purple buttons to make the distortion happen.
It works really well, and in real time too, so that’s also good for those who have no intention of wasting time.
Bear in mind there are several other buttons above the distorting buttons, so make use of those. We’re not quite versed in advanced image editing, which means we had no understanding of what some of the above buttons are about.
3] Merging images
When it comes down to merging two images into a single picture, the idea is to use the tools above. Scale the image down, align the source, then click on the merge button and that’s it. Well, that’s merely the basics because there’s more to it.
There’s not much here in terms of options to play around with, that’s for sure. From here, the user can only adjust the aggressiveness of the buttons and choose whether or not to show tips.
You know, we’re quite disappointed in what the Options area had to offer because we expected a lot more than what was given, but that’s fine.
You can download Contort from CNET right now.