A Cool Use of Photoshop’s Transform Feature

April 27, 2010

Learning, Photo Tips

Photograph © Rick Sammon. All Rights Reserved.

Early one morning while exploring a remote region of The Royal Kingdom of Bhutan, I spotted this scene next to a school: students and their teaching saying a morning prayer before class.

I wanted to get the shot and I wanted to get everything in the scene in focus, so I used my Canon 17-40mm set at 17mm, chose a small aperture and focused 1/3 into the scene.

However, the shot you see above was a quick fix in Photoshop. The original image is below.

As you can see, in the original image, the teacher looks as though she is leaning over backward, the effect caused of shooting wide and shooting close.

My Photoshop quick fix:

• I selected the entire image.

• I went to Edit > Transform > Distort

• I pulled the top right anchor point inward until the teacher was standing straight up!

• I cropped by picture.

Below is a screen grab of part of that process.

Explore the light – and explore the Transform features in Photoshop.


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7 Responses to “A Cool Use of Photoshop’s Transform Feature”

  1. Richard Haber Says:

    And now with content aware fill, you probably could complete the blank area to the right and give yourself a bit more breathing room for the crop. Ain’t technology wonderful!


  2. Stefan Says:

    Looks like you lost a lot of sharpness.


  3. Keith Macke Says:

    Great tip! I use Elements so I had to look a bit, but it works out great. Now I can fix some of the photos I didn’t know how to. Learned something new today.

    Thank You!


  4. Dan Milham Says:

    By using the transform feature in this mode you negate the need for one of the features in the “Distort” dialogue and it’s much faster.


  5. Matthew Norris Says:

    What a great tip. Ill be sure to try this one out next time I take a wide angle shot.
    I like how quick it looks compared to going into the lens correction filter.


  6. rick sammon Says:

    thanks for all the nice comments,


  7. Brian Says:

    Hi Rick,

    Really cool, and easy, tip. But I was wondering if it takes away from the sharpness of the image, or it just appears that way in the version you uploaded of the ‘after’ shot? Maybe its just me, but the ‘before’ looks significantly sharper.


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