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Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool

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Video: Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool

In this movie, we are going to take a look at the Transform tool. Transform is short for Transformation and what it allows us to do is to take a layer or a layer element and warp it and move it in some interesting ways that kind of bend it out of its original shape. So, I'm going to start by creating a new layer and I'm just going to go through a short little project here to kind of show you how I would go about using this particular tool. I'm going to get the Selection tool and if you remember from earlier, this essentially is acting as a mask right now.

Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool

In this movie, we are going to take a look at the Transform tool. Transform is short for Transformation and what it allows us to do is to take a layer or a layer element and warp it and move it in some interesting ways that kind of bend it out of its original shape. So, I'm going to start by creating a new layer and I'm just going to go through a short little project here to kind of show you how I would go about using this particular tool. I'm going to get the Selection tool and if you remember from earlier, this essentially is acting as a mask right now.

I have got my Sponge tool set up here. So, if I go and get my brush, I can just click a few times in here to put kind of a sponge pattern. I might take a couple of other colors just to kind of create something with a bit of color in here. Let's go one more here, a little bit of green. Okay, so we have basically got an element here. I can go ahead and use Command+D or Ctrl+D to delete my selection and I have now got this layer element. So, what I want to do is create the illusion that we are looking in a three-dimensional cube and I'm going to use this as my wall surface.

So, what I need to do is manufacture a few extra versions of this same element. Now, one thing you can do that's a good feature to understand in Painter is, if I hold down the Option or Alt key while I'm in the Layer Adjuster tool, it will allow me to create a copy. So, I have just made a copy of my layer. I'm going to need to do that a few times. So, rather than go through a bunch of menus and things to try to do this, it's very easy to just to use the Option or Alt key in concert with the Layer Adjuster to quickly create a new layer and this is identical to the way it works in Photoshop.

So, if you come from the land of Photoshop, this will seem entirely natural to you. So we are going to go up to the Edit menu and right down here, we have Free Transform and you will see you can also use Option+Command+T or Alt+Ctrl+T to get this command through the keyboard. Once I have done that, it creates a set of handles on here. Also, it gives us a visible feedback that this particular layer is under transform right now. You will notice that it automatically switches to the Transform tool from the Layer Adjuster and our Properties bar up here has changed as well.

We now have some options we can do here. The one I want to play with is the one that's going to allow me to pick up a corner and move it. So, I'm going to pick this up and I want to make this look as if it's kind of coming forward. So, I'm just kind of picking these up and as soon as I get to what I like, all I have to do is hit the Return key and that now takes it out of its transformation and puts it back into a regular layer. So, let's go ahead and use the Option or Alt key again. I'm going to click and drag, and if we go up to the Edit menu, we can take advantage of the Flip Horizontal command here.

So, I'll just flip it and this lets me have a mirror copy I can put over here. Now, I'm going to hold my Alt or Option key and create another copy. Now this time we want to transform it. So, let's go up to the Edit menu and Free Transform and another option is to rotate. So, if I get in proximity to the corner here, you will see it changes to a little rotate cursor. I'm also going to hold down the Shift key and that constrains it, so that it's not just free rotating but it snaps to regular increments and I want to get it, so that it's rotated 90 degrees here.

And I need to grab that moving tool here, so I can move this up and once again, we are going to rely on the corner adjuster, so that I can stretch this to fit the corners of the two walls I have already built and hit Enter or Return and we'll do just like we did a moment ago. Hold down the Option or Alt key, bring that down and we'll go once again up to the Edit menu and this time we, will use Flip Vertical and we'll lay that in there. We didn't do this with a high degree of precision. So, if we go ahead and free transform it once again, grab our corner adjuster, which is already selected.

I can go in here and adjust this so that it fits right within there. Then hit the Return key. So, the last thing I'll do here just to show you how I follow through with this is I'm going to select this layer, the top layer that's kind of the ceiling and I could go up and grab something like under Tonal Control > Adjust Colors and this will let me play with just the value. I want to really darken this up a little bit and then because I'm set to Auto Adjust layer, all I have to do is click on another wall element and you can use the Command or Ctrl and the forward slash key to instantly bring up the last effect that you worked on.

So, I also want to darken that one. I'm going to click on the right wall and once again, hold down the Command or Ctrl plus the forward slash to switch this, so it's lightening it. So really, it's just kind of step and repeat operation here, but you can see what I have done here. In general we say a little final finishing of the corners. I have created the illusion of kind of a three dimensional room that we are looking into with a rather radical paint job that would literally drive you insane if you had to stay in here for any length of time.

But the Transform tool is just a great way to be able to take an existing layer element and distort it into a perspective or a different angle or attitude so that you can not have to unnecessarily create a layer element, specifically designed for that angle, you can literally take an existing element and stretch it and warp it and bend it into a desired shape, via the Transform tool. So when you want to do any construction work in Painter, I advise you to go straight to the Transform tool.

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Painter 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome/demo
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 3m 45s
    1. What Painter can do
      1m 15s
    2. Let's paint!
      2m 30s
  3. 23m 16s
    1. Starting Painter for the first time
      6m 39s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 52s
    3. Sizing image resolution for output
      6m 16s
    4. Extending the canvas
      2m 36s
    5. Creating and using templates
      2m 53s
  4. 37m 46s
    1. Navigating Painter
      8m 46s
    2. Rotating the canvas
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Tool palette and Property bar
      6m 41s
    4. Understanding Tool palette selectors
      8m 58s
    5. The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette
      4m 2s
    6. Configuring palettes
      6m 16s
  5. 28m 37s
    1. Accessing and controlling color with the Color palette
      8m 27s
    2. Mixing color in the Mixer palette
      10m 41s
    3. Color sets: choose 'n' use color
      9m 29s
  6. 37m 13s
    1. Understanding the six axes of motion
      3m 19s
    2. Introducing tablets: Intuos3 and Intuos4
      8m 6s
    3. Introducing tablets: Cintiq
      7m 49s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 1
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 2
      9m 25s
    6. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      3m 37s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Understanding the selection tools
      2m 16s
    2. Making selections using the Lasso tool
      3m 20s
    3. Making polygonal selections
      2m 51s
    4. Making selections using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 29s
  8. 42m 34s
    1. Understanding layers
      8m 1s
    2. Using the Preserve Transparency control
      2m 50s
    3. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color control
      4m 36s
    4. Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool
      5m 45s
    5. Making selections using channels
      4m 23s
    6. Working with layer masks
      9m 52s
    7. Adding text
      7m 7s
  9. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding the Brush Creator workspace
      6m 11s
    2. Exploring brush properties using the Randomizer
      8m 15s
    3. Exploring brush properties using the Transposer
      4m 45s
    4. Using the Stroke Designer to create custom brushes
      9m 39s
    5. Managing brush variants
      8m 50s
  10. 38m 24s
    1. Adjusting brush size: three techniques
      3m 3s
    2. Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette
      5m 12s
    3. Working with texture-aware media
      8m 59s
    4. Painting with Artists' Oils brushes
      10m 45s
    5. Painting with RealBristle brushes
      3m 39s
    6. Working with hard media
      4m 57s
    7. Painting with markers
      1m 49s
  11. 20m 21s
    1. Understanding the Image Hose
      3m 26s
    2. Controlling the Image Hose
      8m 32s
    3. Creating a nozzle file
      8m 23s
  12. 22m 11s
    1. Warmup exercises
      7m 54s
    2. Draftsmanship: drawing media
      10m 56s
    3. Doodling
      43s
    4. Creating outline sketches utilizing the conceptual squint
      2m 38s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. Understanding cloning
      3m 1s
    2. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      3m 27s
    3. Painting a cloned image
      5m 55s
    4. Creating a Quick Clone
      2m 46s
    5. In-document cloning
      2m 19s
  14. 25m 51s
    1. Understanding the vocabularies of paint photography
      8m 51s
    2. You must destroy detail
      6m 20s
    3. Focusing on the subject
      4m 1s
    4. Adapting color in a photograph for photo painting
      6m 39s
  15. 28m 16s
    1. Under-painting
      6m 26s
    2. Auto-painting
      5m 25s
    3. Using manual controls for auto-painting
      11m 53s
    4. Restoring detail using the Restoration palette
      4m 32s
  16. 18m 44s
    1. The photo as wet oil paint
      6m 47s
    2. Cloning the canvas and building detail with multiple layers
      11m 57s
  17. 25m 57s
    1. Applying surface texture
      6m 53s
    2. Matching the color palette between two images
      4m 10s
    3. Marbling
      9m 27s
    4. Exploring the Growth effect
      5m 27s
  18. 25m 10s
    1. Understanding frame-by-frame animation
      2m 9s
    2. Creating an animation with onion-skinning
      11m 51s
    3. Using a movie clone source
      11m 10s
  19. 17m 47s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 24s
    2. Working with Photoshop's PSD file format in Painter and Photoshop
      4m 52s
    3. Configuring color management
      8m 31s
  20. 33m 25s
    1. Setting preferences
      7m 37s
    2. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      5m 5s
    3. Saving and restoring palette layouts
      4m 3s
    4. Creating custom palettes
      3m 36s
    5. Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette
      5m 55s
    6. Organizing custom workspaces
      7m 9s
  21. 8m 17s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      3m 33s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 57s
    3. Save often, save early
      2m 47s
  22. 10m 7s
    1. Resetting brushes: Painter's panic button
      2m 0s
    2. Resetting workspaces with the Shift key restart
      6m 12s
    3. Troubleshooting brushes with the brush checklist
      1m 55s
  23. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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