Posts tagged "Free Transform"

February 7, 2012

Photoshop – Warping Multiple Layers as One

In order to warp multiple layers as if they are one (such as multiple text layers), on the Layers panel, select the layers and choose Layer > Smart Object > Convert to Smart Object. Then, choose Edit > Transform > Warp and apply the warp to the Smart Object. To re-edit any of the individual layers, choose Layer > Smart Object > Edit Contents or simply double-click on the layer’s thumbnail in the Layers panel.

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May 23, 2011

Scaling Layer Effects and Styles

Selecting Image > Image Size and changing the size of the image will scale the Effect/Style (as long as the Scale Styles option is checked), keeping the Effect/Style in proportion to the layers to which they are applied. However, when using Free Transform to scale an individual layer that has a Layer Effect/Style applied to it,  it will not scale the Effect/Style. To scale the layer style, note what percentage the layer was scaled using Free Transform and then enter that value in the Layer > Layer Style > Scale Effect dialog box. Or, before using Free transform, convert the layer to a Smart Object and resize.


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March 30, 2011

Transform – Any Time

With the Move tool selected, in the Options bar, check Show Transform Controls to automatically display transformation handles around the selected layer’s contents. This is also an excellent way to find the center of the contents on a layer.


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February 3, 2011

Resizing images Using Free Transform, the Crop Tool and Place Command

The interpolation method that is used in Free Transform, the Crop Tool and Place Command can be set in the Preferences > General > Image Interpolation menu.

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January 5, 2010

Transform a Selection or Path

The next time that you want to transform a path or selection choose Select > Transform Selection (or Select > Transform Path) instead of Edit > Free transform which always transforms the content of the layer.

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January 4, 2010

Navigating While in a Modal State

If you find that you have a dialog box up or you’re in a modal state like Free Transform, you can always use the shortcuts Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Plus (+) or Minus (-) to zoom in and out. And if you need to pan, use the Spacebar to temporarily give you the Hand tool.

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November 27, 2009

Layer Opacity while Placing

To help with the placement/alignment/scale of an object that is being “placed”, the (placed) layer’s opacity and blend mode can be modified in the layers panel. Note: a layer’s opacity, fill and blend mode can also be modified while being transformed (Edit > Free Transform).

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July 20, 2009

Finding the Center of a Path

To quickly find the center of a path or shape layer, select the path and choose the Move tool. In the Options bar, check the “Show Transform Controls” option. The transform controls can also be used to transform your path – simply drag the anchor points (shift -drag to constrain proportions). Don’t forget to apply the transformation (tap Return (Mac) or Enter (Win), click the check icon in the Option bar or double click within the transform controls.
Note: if the selected path is a vector mask, the transform controls will be displayed around the layer contents (not the path). Select the path, and then choose Edit > Transform Path.
It’s also worth mentioning that you can transform paths (and therefore shapes) outside of the visible image area and Photoshop will keep track of them.

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May 16, 2009

Zoom while in Free Transform

While transforming an image (Edit > Free Transform) you can change zoom level of the image using the old standby – Command (Mac) / Control (Win) “+” (plus) to zoom in, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) “-” (minus) to zoom out. Or, you can quickly zoom to a specific point using via the Navigator panel.

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May 1, 2009

Free Transform – Center Point

When using Free Transform, the "Reference Point Location"(or center point) can be changed to determine the location around which transformations occur.  You can drag the center point freely within the image area, or set it numerically using the Options bar. This can be particularly useful when trying to align objects or rotate around a point that is off-center.

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April 30, 2009

Free Transform and Warp

To toggle from Free Transform to Warp mode, click the warp icon in the Options bar. While in Warp mode, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + T toggles to Free Transform mode.

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April 29, 2009

View Transformation Handles

When in Free Transform, images that contain information beyond the visible image area may not display the transformation handles at your current zoom level. Instead of zooming out several times, select Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 0 (zero) to zoom out – to “fit” the transformation handles on screen (just as Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 0 (zero) will “fit” the image on screen when not in Free Transform).

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April 28, 2009

Transform Again

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + T transforms the layer(s) again by applying the same transformation settings. Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + Shift + T will create a copy on it’s own layer while creating a duplicate transformation.

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April 27, 2009

Free Transform

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + T brings up the free transform bounding box. Holding the Shift key while dragging any of the corner anchor points (handles), forces proportional transformations while Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) transforms from the center. In addition:
  • Command (Mac) / Control (Win) freely distorts an image.
  • Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift skews an image.
  • Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + Shift changes the perspective of an image.
To apply a transformation tap the return or enter key, to cancel a transformation hit the escape key.

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January 23, 2009

Show Transform Controls

When selecting multiple objects with the Move tool, you have the option to check “Show Transform Controls” (in the Options bar) to have Photoshop display a bounding box around selected objects (content on layers). Not only does this help to show which layers are selected but can also be used to quickly transform an object without having to select the Free Transform command.

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