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SLP Curriculum Guide #20: Mini-Tutorial #02

In the first set of guides we explored the 'Deformation Tools particularly the Deform or Pick Tool. In this guide we present a 'Mini-Tutorial' using the techniques explored. The Challenge is to duplicate the final product of this tutorial in which only the basic steps have been presented. You may use your own picture if you wish or download the picture (click on the picture for a full size picture and then right click and SAVE AS to your computer). You may also use different approaches or tools as you wish.


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Finished Product

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  1. Original duplicated to save original and work only on duplicate.
  2. Promoted background layer in order to use layers.
  3. Used the Deform (Pick) tool to both size and move the added layer to align with the waterfall on the original (deformed) image.
  4. Used Deform (Pick) tool and dragged left top corner down.
  5. Dragged left middle corner to the right to obtain the perspective.
  6. Used the Selection Tool (rectangle) to select the Waterfall and left side of picture. Then used the Crop Tool to obtain just this selection. This step was done on another duplicated image of the original.
  7. Used the Eraser Tool to erase the background from the image except the waterfall and tree on the left.
  8. Added this new image to the one with the deformed picture (Control + L) which sets the image as a new layer.
  9. Flood filled bottom layer with gradient to simulate the sky.
  10. Added a Frame. Then deformed it to fit the deformed image. Finally, erased parts of the frame that would be behind the waterfall layer.
  11. Added inner bevel to background using a green textured color after setting up a border selection (Selections | Modify | Select Section Borders.
  12. Sharpened the waterfall-tree layer.
  13. Merged all layers.
  14. Used some additional tools (Smudge and Clone) to remove the line between the two merged layers of the waterfall and cloned some additional sections to the waterfall at the bottom of the picture.
Note: Using this Deformation technique to create a 3D looking image takes both time and practice to get the correct perspectives and finished product. The additional enhancements (Frame, inner bevel and using smudge brush are techniques I use after I deform a picture.)


  1. When completing a tutorial or series of tutorials, and having placed them upon your web page, post in the SLP Forum your completed work using this layout:
    • a. Name or Screen Name.
    • b. Web Site URL.
    • c. Version of PSP using.
    • d. List of Tutorials completed.
    • a. Indicate what you did so others can duplicate.
    • b. Indicate what option values.
    • c. Add comments on your results and findings of interest.
    • d. Share your questions and comments in the SLP Forum and your graphic results in the member Gallery SLP Album as well as in the Forum.


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