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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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One additional type of transform you can do with the Free Transform mode is a perspective transformation, kind of like a postcard in space type thing. So let's select this layer again, small layer. Command+T, Ctrl+T to invoke the Free Transform mode. This time we are going to hold down the entire left side of your keyboard, Command+Option+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift on Windows, and grab a corner handle, and now you are doing a perspective transformation. So if you want the image to look like it's receding into the background, you can grab a corner handle and do that sort of perspective transformation.
So again I'm just holding all three keys down. I can do it from a corner handle down here and do it perspective, so like it's going off in the distance in that direction as well. So it depends on what your application is here, but yes, it is possible a perspective transformation. Just hold on all three modifiers Command+Option+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift as you dragging the handle. When you like the results hit Enter. If you want to cancel just hit Escape and you are back to where you started.
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