Distorting an Image With Free Transform

Distorting an Image With Free Transform

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use Free Transform to Distort an Image in Photoshop



The Free Transform tool like having several Photoshop tools (i.e., Distort, Scale and Perspective) wrapped into one tool.

To use the Free Transform tool you must first select the area you wish to transform.


Step One

Open a new 1,024 pixel x 1,024 pixel document with a white background in Photoshop (File > New).

Step Two

Click the Custom Shape tool and select a custom shape from the Options bar.

Step Three

Click-drag while pressing the Shift key to add a shape to the workspace.

Step Four

Right-click the shape in the Layers panel and choose Rasterize Layer. The shape is now similar to a rasterized image in a document.

Step Five

Cmd-click (PC - Ctrl-click) the shape layer icon to marquee select the shape.

Step Six

Choose Edit > Free Transform (Cmd/t (PC - Ctrl/t)). The object now has a series of handles.

Step Seven

Drag the handles in the middle of the sides to scale the object width or height. By pressing and holding the Option key (PC - Alt key), the object is scaled from the center.

Step Eight

By dragging the corner handles you can scale the object. Press and hold the Shift key while scaling to constrain proportions.

Step Nine

To rotate the object, move the curser close to one of the corner handles. Once the circular line appears, drag to rotate the object. Notice how the object rotates around the center point.

Step Ten

To move the center point, click and drag it to a new location.

Step Eleven

To add perspective, press and hold the Cmd key (PC - Ctrl key) and drag the bounding box edges or corner points. Once you are finished with your shape, press the Enter or Return key.

Check Out the Tool Options Bar

In the Free Transform tool options bar you can:Enter the X and Y position in the document

Set the height & width percentage value

Enter a specific rotation angle

Set a horizontal or vertical skew angle