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.
Open a new 1,024 pixel x 1,024 pixel document with a white background in Photoshop (File > New).
Click the Custom Shape tool and select a custom shape from the Options bar.
Click-drag while pressing the Shift key to add a shape to the workspace.
Right-click the shape in the Layers panel and choose Rasterize Layer. The shape is now similar to a rasterized image in a document.
Cmd-click (PC - Ctrl-click) the shape layer icon to marquee select the shape.
Choose Edit > Free Transform (Cmd/t (PC - Ctrl/t)). The object now has a series of handles.
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.
By dragging the corner handles you can scale the object. Press and hold the Shift key while scaling to constrain proportions.
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.
To move the center point, click and drag it to a new location.
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.