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How to change the perspective of photos in Corel Paint Shop Pro

This is a simple tutorial that demonstrates how to change the perspective of photos in Corel Paint Shop Pro. This tutorial is compatible with Paint Shop Pro X2, X3, or any other PSP versions that offer the deform tool.

This process will make photos appear to be conformed to a particular object. For example, this technique could be used to easily apply decals to a car body. Essentially, you can wrap/mold a photo/image around any object type. I will demonstrate this process in this tutorial by using a rubix cube by applying photos of my two boys to each visible edge. The tool we will use to achieve this result will be the Deform Shear. BTW, the free rubix cube stock photo can be downloaded at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/468027.

Step 1

Download and open up the rubix cube photo in Corel Paint Shop Pro.

Step 2

Go to Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Hue/Saturation/Lightness and lower the Saturation to -100 to remove all the color from the rubix cube. Once that is complete go ahead and create a new raster layer, and rename it “Blue Side.”

Step 3

Open and copy (Edit > Copy) the photo you want to apply to the Blue Side layer. Once copied, paste it in on the Blue Side layer by going to Edit > Paste as New Selection. Press Ctrl to Deselect. Press ‘D’ on your keyboard to pull up the deform tool, set the deform mode to scale and use the anchor points to scale the photo to roughly the size of the blue rubix cube side. You can also uniformly resize/scale the image using the Scale X and Y values in the deform scale toolbar. Press ‘M’ on your keyboard to activate the move tool to roughly move the photo into position.

Step 4

Lower the opacity of the Blue Side layer so that you can easily align the anchor points. Press ‘D’ on your keyboard to pull up the Deform tool. Set the deform mode to Shear. You will notice 8 anchor points around your image. You will use the anchor points to align your image to the blue side, or any other object for that matter. For example, take the top right corner anchor, and drag it to the top right corner of the blue side of the rubix cube. Next, take the top left hand corner of the anchor and drag it to the top left hand corner of the blue side. Do the same for the bottom two corners. Once complete, turn the opacity back to 100 and change the blend mode to Overlay. Note: Use the eraser brush to brush away any excess or parts of the image you don’t want visible. For example, the edges of each individual cube.

Step 5

Create a new layer and rename it Yellow Side and repeat steps 3 and 4.

Step 6

Create a new layer and rename it Red Side and repeat steps 3 and 4.

Final Results

Click to view full. The rubix quote I applied is from Brian Cramer.

Jarrod Compton

Hi, welcome to Paintshopblog. Graphics editing in Paint Shop Pro is an addicting, but productive hobby of mine. I created this blog to archive, share, and help others using the knowledge I have gained. I am by no means an expert, nor a professional graphics artist. I consider myself nothing more than a dedicated Paint Shop Pro hobbyist. Hopefully the content and resources that I share here will be beneficial to some people. Contact me below if you have any questions or need additional support with a tutorial. Thanks for stopping by!

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