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SLP Curriculum Guide #21: Mini-Tutorial #03

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 for the 'Mesh Warp' Tool. The 'Mesh Warp' Tool can be used in various ways to create interesting results, to fix perspective in areas of a picture (Tutorial and the two tutorials on a 3D Flag, One approach is illustrated in this guide.

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. Duplicated original
  2. Set Grid to have lines just below the bottom leaf.
  3. Used the Control Key with the handle in middle and just below bottom leaf and dragged down to create a larger bottom area. Repeated as necessary resetting grid lines as needed to obtain the larger leaf.
  4. Used the handle only on the left edge of the larger leaf setting grid lines as necessary for perspective and dragged to the left to create a longer and sharper leaf edge. Repeated as necessary resetting grid lines as needed.
  5. Use the handle only on the leaf at the right and dragged up to create a larger and pointed leaf, resetting grid lines as needed and repeating as needed.
  6. Used the Deform (Pick) tool to reduce the picture size to create a transparent border by dragging a top corner handle diagonally down.
  7. Used the handles on the corners of the picture and dragged diagonally to the next inner handle to create the box area (transparent) at each corner. Adjusted the grid lines first to surround the edges of the picture.
  8. Used an odd number for horizontal and vertical values located the middle handle on each side. Then used the Control Key and dragged the handle to the outer edge of the canvas to create the shaped edge on each side.
  9. Use the Deform (Pick) tool again to reduce the picture and to create a larger transparent area on the outside of the picture.
  10. Enhanced the picture using a new bottom layer.
    • First used Selections || Select All, Float, Defloat to create a selection just around the picture. Then Inverted the selection.
    • Reduced the selection using Selections || Modify Contract to get just a bit smaller selection.
    • Flood Filled that selection (layer below the main picture) with a Cracked Pattern.
    • Used Effects | 3D | Inner Bevel to get a frame like look to the cracked filled selection.
    • Added a new top layer and again inverted the selection to have a selection again around the main picture.
    • On the new top layer, use Effects | 3D | Drop Shadow twice, first setting the values to very low values, then on another layer setting those values to their minus value to created the dark outline of the picture.
    • The final enhancement was to lighten the picture and sharpen it some (In v10 used Adjust | Smart Photo Fix, In v9 try One step fix).
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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