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In this movie, I'll show you how to distort and skew a layer using free transform. So the first thing I'm going to do here is press Shift+Tab to bring up my right-side panels, and I'm going to press Ctrl+J or Cmd+J on a Mac to make a copy of this layer, and then I'll go ahead and turn off the original. And the reason I'm doing this is because Photoshop does not numerically track distortions, and as a result you can't really get back your original artwork after you distort it, unless you create a copy to keep the original safe from harm.
Having done that, now I'll press Shift+Tab in order to hide those panels, and I'll press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T on the Mac in order to enter the free transform mode. Now we've seen how if you drag one of these eight handles that's around the boundary, you're going to scale. So if I shift alt or shift option drag for example, I'm going to scale proportionately with respect to the center. However, there's one key outstanding and that is the control key here on the PC, or the command key on the Mac. So if you control drag a handle, then you're going to move that handle independently of the other ones.
And as a result, you're going to create this style of four-point distortion. As I say, even though we're seeing this heads up display that's telling me 27.2 degrees, whatever that means. I mean, I'm draggin' a point by itself, so I'm not sure what that's in reference to, some sort of skew value. We do not see that value tracked up here in the options bar. That's why too much distortion can be a dangerous thing. So that's one way to work. I'm going to go ahead and press the Escape key in order to escape the free transform mode, without applying my changes Then I'll press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T again and I'll Shift+Alt or Shift+Option drag that corner handle in and might as well establish some settings I'm going to use in the future here.
I'm going to turn on that Link icon and I'm going to change the width value to 94.5 because that ended up being a good size for this text after I'm done skewing it. So I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac a couple of times in order to apply that change. Now I'll press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T again. You can sort of ladel on the keys as you drag the corners. So if you press Ctrl+Shift at the same time, that's Cmd+Shift on the Mac,you're going to constrain the angle of that distortion.
So in other words, you're going to drag the point either exclusively horizontally or exclusively vertically like so. I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on a Mac, to undo that change. If you press the Ctrl+Alt keys, that's Cmd+Option on a Mac, and drag a handle, then you'll also move its opposing handle. So you'll skew, in this case, the logo in both directions, both horizontally and vertically. I'll undo that change as well. And then if you press Ctrl+Shift+Alt, or Cmd+Shift+Option on a Mac, and drag one of these handles, then you'll create a kind of perspective effect.
Either vertically like so, or you'll modify the horizontal perspective if you drag up or down. I want to undo that too, because what I'm interested in doing is skewing, and skewing you do, by Ctrl or Cmd dragging either one of the side handles or the top or bottom handle I want to skew this text vertically. So I'm going to Control or Command drag the right handle up like so. And I also want to constrain the angle of my drag. So I'm going to press the Shift key as I drag. So I'm Ctrl+Shift dragging at this point.
That would be a Cmd+Shift drag on the Mac. And now, I'm going to add the Alt key because that way I'm skewing with respect to the center of this logo. So all keys down at this point by the way. Ctrl+Shift+Alt, that's Cmd+Shift+Option on the Mac and i want negative 10 degrees of skew and you can see the heads of display is telling me am right at negative 10 degress which is perfect. So go ahead and release and then i will press the Enter key with the Return key on the Mac in order to apply that modification.
Now I'll press Shift+up arrow a couple of times in order nudge that logo up. That's it, we have now managed to successfully skew the logo by Ctrl+Shift+Alt or Cmd+Shift+Option, dragging a side handle in the free transform mode.
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