It's easy enough to put a logo in Photoshop. But what if your basic photo is not viewed directly from the front, that a square logo (or other image) looks crooked? To present the top image in the correct perspective.
Using the Transform Tool for Perfect Match
Let's use a gadget screen as a base: a common need for marketers (or webwriters like me). Our source image here is a Nintendo switch with a normal 1
Select the screenshot image in the Layers tool and then enable the transformation tool with Ctrl + T on Windows or Command + T under macOS.
If you've been using Photoshop for a while, you're probably already familiar with the Free Transform tool: you should know how to move, zoom, zoom, or rotate the image. You can also skew it so that you can change it to change the perspective and match the image below. This is a pretty simple example: we will adapt this rectangular screenshot from Zelda to the rectangular screen of the Switch, a simple move from corner to corner.
Hold down the Ctrl key under Windows or the command button on Mac, and then click on one of the white squares on the corner of the screenshot that are part of the transformation tool. Hold down the Ctrl key and the left mouse button and drag one of the corners of the top screenshot into the corresponding corner of the switch's screen in the image below it. Zoom in on the pixel view if you need to adjust it perfectly.
You'll find that instead of the normal resize action, you can use the Ctrl or Command key to grab and move one corner of the image, leaving the other four corners in place.
Repeat this step for the next four corners, and move the screenshot over the screen of the underlying switch. Do not apply the transformation until you're done, or you can not capture all four corners. They are filled with transparency. You can extend the top layer one or two pixels beyond the bottom layer to make sure it completely covers the underlying screen. Press Enter to close the transformation tool.
Since both the screen of the phone and the screenshot have the same aspect ratio, this little cover-up fits perfectly and does not need any further editing. Let's move on to a more tricky procedure.
Using the Transform tool on odd-sized images
Let's say you have this image of a Mac laptop and you do not want to use an Apple logo in an ad. You prefer to show your company logo. I will use a circular Review Geek logo as an example – both source images are below.
So you want to cover up the Apple logo like the phone's screen. Now, the layer of the source image (the laptop lid) does not match the layer you want to add (the circular logo), and you still need to keep the perspective. In this case, in the photo we use something else as a guideline: the roughly rectangular lid of the laptop. We adapt the perspective of the logo to the laptop lid and scale it to the required size while keeping the perspective locked.
First press Ctrl + T or Command + T, with the top level selected to open the Transform tool again. Now press Ctrl + click or Command + click, select the squares at the corners of the logo layer, and map them to the corners of the laptop lid. The corners are rounded, but you can use the edges of the lid and the transformation guide to align.
Since the lid of the laptop is not square, your circle is slightly too wide. You can adapt it again to a quadratic transformation. You can observe this when it does not have to be perfect, or rotate the underlying layer and use the Photoshop ruler guides if you need more precision. Press Enter to apply the transformation when you are ready.
Now you have a square image over the laptop screen, and it's in the right perspective to represent the underlying Apple logo. You have to make it smaller, so it does not look inappropriate. While Alt + Shift is on Windows, press Shift + Option + drag on a Mac with the Transform tool active, click on one of the corners, and drag it inward to zoom out so that the logo is not much larger than the Apple logo ,
Here is the end result:
If your bottom image is fairly regular and the perspective skew on one page is predictable, you can use Windows or Command Ctrl + Alt + Hold down Shift + Option + Shift on Mac to use the Transform tool in Pitch mode. However, it is quite rare for your image to be perfectly aligned.
Using Free Transform on Irregular Surfaces
Okay, now you can adjust a perspective and resize it as needed. But what if you try to get something on a surface that is not flat? Let's try another example: Put the Review Geek logo on a ball. Use the following images in your Photoshop version again to practice:
With the in the In previous sections of learned tools, you can easily drag the logo image upwards of the ball and even adjust its perspective to adjust the orientation of the ball itself. However, the logo file looks odd because it is flat and the surface of the ball is not.
To fix this, press Ctrl + T or Command + T to turn on the Transform tool and see the Photoshop window above. You are looking for the curved rectangular button that activates the warp mode. Click on it.
The Transform tool in Warp mode lets you move the image anywhere inside or outside, not just at the corners. This will allow you to click and drag different parts of the image into irregular positions. You will see that the nine guidelines move with the picture and help you to see how you have changed things.
The warp tool requires some practice to use it effectively. You may need to undo and redo your work several times. But within a few minutes you should be able to balance the bending of the ball well. Press Enter to apply the transformation.
For surfaces that are a little more predictable but still too irregular for the normal transformation tool, you can use the default warp tools on the right side of the top menu.
You can combine the above techniques with any other tools in Photoshop; Color adjustments, curves, filters, blurs, etc., to match the top layer to your bottom layer. If you mess around with these tools, you'll soon be able to easily match logos and screenshots.
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