Acorn Acorn 5

Transforming Layers

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These fruit images will be the foundation of this tutorial on how to use Scale Transform, Free Transform, and Perspective Transform.

Scale Transform

Select the layer you wish to work on.  The kiwi will be used first.

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Now that the layer is selected, choose Layer ▸ Rotate and Transform ▸ Scale and Rotate (⌘⇧T).  A box will appear around the selected item. There are points at each corner of the box.

When you roll over any corner of the box, outward facing arrows will appear, giving you the ability to scale your item. Click and drag the cursor towards the inside of the layer to make it smaller, and to the outside to make it larger. Your layer will keep the same original proportions. You may also move the layer by clicking on the inside of the layer (a fist icon will appear) and dragging to move it around your canvas.

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If you hover outside of the selected area rotating arrows will appear.  By clicking and dragging, you can rotate the layer.  You can also rotate and scale the layer by using the inspector palette.

The kiwi has been made smaller and rotated 90 degrees.

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Free Transform

Once again, select the layer you wish to transform.  The strawberry has been selected here. To select free transform, choose Layers ▸ Rotate and Transform ▸ Free Transform.  A box will appear around the selected item.  When you roll your cursor over the corners of the box an icon like this will appear:

transforming_layers4.png  It will change depending on the point you select. By dragging any of the corners you can change the shape and size of the selected item. Unlike scale transform, this will not keep the proportions the same as the original. To preserve the proportions while using free transform, hold Shift while dragging out the corners of your object. You may also move and rotate the object, just as in scale transform.

The strawberry has been made longer.

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Perspective Transform

Again, select the layer you wish to modify in the layers list.  Choose Layers ▸ Rotate and Transform ▸ Perspective Transform.  The box will appear around your layer. With perspective transform you will not be able to rotate your object, although you will still be able to move it around by clicking and dragging.

Instead of the points moving with each other, they will move independently creating the look of perspective.

This is useful if you want your image to look like it is pasted onto an item in perspective. 

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Below is an example of Perspective Transform being used to make it look as if the Flying Meat logo is painted onto a wall.

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