Scrapbooking Tips & Techniques – Transforming Perspective in Photos

Have you ever taken a photo of a tall building or object from fairly close by? So you’re looking up at it.

The laws of perspective kick in and you find that the top of the building or object is narrower than the base because it is so much further away from your camera.

Now if that’s not the effect you want. If you want your object to look perfectly even all the way up, as if you were taking the photo from a point further away there is a way you can use your photo editing software to give you the effect you want.

As always, these instructions are for Photoshop Elements 4 as that is my weapon of choice. But the principles hold true for whatever scrapbooking software you use and only the names of the functions may be different and the location of them in your toolbar or menu.

I have used this example of an ancient Greek column just because I had it, but this technique works even better with a tall building as the subject.


  1. Open your photo in your editing software.
  2. Create a duplicate layer by highlighting the layer to be duplicated and dragging it up to the New Layer icon at the top left of the Layers Pallet (or highlight the layer in your Layers Pallet and choose Layer>Duplicate Layer from the top menu bar). When making any changes you should always work on a copy. Never on the original.
  3. Using the Rectangle Selection Tool in your Toolbar create a selection by dragging it over the whole of your photo.
  4. In the Menu Bar, open Image>Transform>Perspective.
  5. ‘Handles’ will now appear at the sides and corners of your selection.
  6. Drag the top left and right handles horizontally outwards. The top of your photo will stretch. When the vertical sides of your subject are perpendicular stop stretching the photo.
  7. You can stretch the photo back and forth until it looks the way you want it to. Then just press Enter, and your photo has been transformed.

You can have fun with all sorts of things with the Transform tool and do some pretty bizarre things to your photos if you want. It can be a great scrapbooking creativity tool.

I hope you like this tip and will find it useful. Let me know how you go. And even better put one of your transformed photos up on your blog.

Other Related posts:

Scrapbooking Techniques & Tips – Love your Layers
Scrapbooking Techniques & Tips – Upsizing Photos
Planning Your Layouts with Sketches

If your christmas list consists of a car cd mp3 players, then why not create a scrapbook through the photoshop elements software to present your wishlist? There are many scrapbooking techniques you could use, for instance for a picture of a dvd player. You could make a border of only dvd players. You can add such items, like a car audio in perspective to a car.



4 Responses to Scrapbooking Tips & Techniques – Transforming Perspective in Photos

  1. Tink October 24, 2007 at 7:43 am #

    Thanks for the great tip, Karen. I keep forgetting to use this particular one and need nudging from time to time, LOL.

  2. karooch October 24, 2007 at 8:15 am #

    Happy to be your reminder Tink. I also like to read tip that prompt me to dust off something I had previously learnt. So much to remember, so little brain.

  3. Hummie October 29, 2007 at 9:59 pm #

    Perspective is so fun to play with!

  4. karooch October 30, 2007 at 8:08 am #

    Yeah, you can get some great effects Hummie, as well as fixing up problems.