Painting on Wall Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorial

Tutorial Details:

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS2
  • Version: 9
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 to 1.5 hours

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Preview of Final Results

step5g_final


Step 1 – Create a new image

To begin, let’s create a new file, go to the Menu bar and click on File > New and find the Preset drop-down menu and click on A4 on the contextual menu or you can input the A4 settings manually:
  • Width: 2480 pixels
  • Height: 3508 pixels
  • Resolution: 300 dpi
  • Color Mode: RGB Color; 8bit
  • Background Contents: White

step1_create_new

We would need a landscape canvas so we would need to rotate the newly created layer; so as the layer opens, go to Image > Rotate Canvas > 90’ CW.

Step 2 – Correct the perspective of our background

In this step, we would be opening “Grotty street stock” to our canvas and we would be fixing its asymmetrical perspective. So open our street stock from the folder you’ve saved it into and drag that image using the Move tool (V) to our A4 canvas. Take a look at our image you’d notice the lopsided angles on the window and on the street which are produced by the camera, these lopsided angles are often called Barrel Distortion. There are a lot of ways on how to correct barrel distortion on an image, like using the Lens Correction Filter of Photoshop to downloading software that could do that specific job, but on this tutorial we are going to use a simpler way and that is through the use of the Warp and Liquify tool. Note that you may do as you please, but here we will be learning how to use the Warp transform tool and the Liquify tool in correcting distorted images. To start duplicate “Grotty street stock” by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + J, this should create a backup when you make mistakes from the transformation. We would need to resize the image since we won’t need the extra window on the left. Activate the Transform tool by right clicking on the image.

step2a_resize

Activate the Transform tool again and as the contextual menu pops up, click on Warp. Once you’ve clicked on it, a grid with 9 squares will form around the image.

step2b_warp_tool

For more precision and accuracy in the Warp process, we would need a measuring tool and that would be Photoshop’s Ruler. Activate the ruler by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + R. We would need to create guides from the ruler to make this process easier. See image below for further instructions:

step2c_ruler

We would be starting the Warp process, take a closer look at the images below:

step2d_warping_process

step2e_warping_process_part2

After that, the image should be similar to the image below:

step2f_partial

Note: You may remove the guides by clicking on View > Clear Guides. Now, you’d notice that the distortion is partially repaired. For the next part, we would be utilizing the Liquify tool. Activate it by pressing Filter > Liquify from the Menu bar. When the box opens input these values on the Tool options bar.
  • Brush size: 270
  • Brush density: 50
  • Brush pressure: 100

step2g_liquify

Lastly, activate your Warp tool because we would need to fix some minor errors.

step2h_final_warp

Now we’ve finished correcting the distortion and the final result should be similar to the image below:

step2i_final

For organizational purposes, rename your layer to “background”. To rename, you just have to double click on the text that says “layer 1” and then a Type box would appear and you may now rename it.