Adjusting Perspective

Today we will learn how to use various features in the transform tool (perspective, distort, scale) to add detail to our floor and walls.

Start with this blank room. (Click on the image to view it full size, then right click -> save picture as):
empty-room-source-file

How to Add a Texture to Your Floor Using the Perspective Tool

Drag your floor texture into your room (do not use the “place” feature!)
hardwood_floor1

Edit-> Transform -> Scale. Scale your floor so it fills the space below where the floor meets the wall. (This is one time that it is ok not to hold down shift, because distorting the dimensions of the floor texture in this step might actually make it look more realistic later.)
hardwood_floor2

Edit -> Transform -> Perspective.
Drag the front corners of the floor outward to transform your floor so it has the correct dimensions.
hardwood_floor3

If your floor still feels a bit off, you can adjust individual points by going to Edit -> Transform -> Distort.

You can use these same tools to add texture to the wall.

Drag your wall texture image into the room file and use the perspective, transform, and distort tools to make it look like it fits on the wall:
bricks1

Once the first wall looks correct, you can duplicate the layer (Layer->Duplicate Layer), and flip it (Edit -> Transform -> Flip Horizontal) and then move it to the other side of the room.
bricks2

Duplicating layers will also help you fill the back wall. For example, simply scaling the image on the back wall may look strange if you force the bricks to fit the space.
distorted_bricks

However, you can scale the image to be the appropriate height (Edit -> Transform -> Scale).
Once again, it may be ok to distort the dimensions of the image in this case.
bricks3
Then duplicate the layer (Layer -> Duplicate Layer).
Flip the image so you will have a seamless tile (Edit -> Transform -> Flip Horizontal) and move the image so it connects with your other layer.
bricks4

At the bottom of your layers palette, click on the folder icon folder_icon to make a new folder.
Name it “brick wall”.
Drag all the brick layers into this folder. That will help keep your layers organized.
brick_wall_layers

Further uses for the perspective/distort tools:

  • make a poster, framed picture, or mirror look like it is hanging on one of the side walls
  • add windows to one of the side walls

Today we will:

  • begin dragging images into our room and using the perspective and distort tools to make them look like they realistically belong in the room
  • save our image as a PNG and create a new blog post with our progress
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