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distort filters

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Distorting objects.

You are going to use distort filters to

  • bend a logo to match the curved surface of the book binding
  • distort the logo in perspective and place it onto the book cover
  • distort text




combining images & canvas size

open files

Download both files and open them in Photoshop.

Place the image windows side to side.

We are going to:

  • remove logo's white background
  • drag logo onto the book image
  • add more space at the top of the book image to restore the corner
color mode

To drag one image onto another, you need to ensure they both are in the same color mode.

To check color modes: Image > Mode

Both images need to be in RGB mode.

Make sure you change that setting for the logo file.


Convert Logo's background layer into a regular layer.

Double-click on it in the Layers palette.

We need that change for the layer's transparency.

tool setting

To remove a solid white color background you are going to use a Magic Wand tool.

Set Tolerance option to 32.

Uncheck Contiguous option to select all white pixels.

modify selection

Click on any white area to select it.

As the image is not the best quality, the selection is not very smooth. You can smooth the selection edge by going to the menu:

Select > Modify > Smooth

smooth selection

Radius of 1 or 2 pixels should be enough

drag image

Press DELETE or File > Clear to remove the background.

Use Move Tool and drag the logo onto the book file.

layers palette

Convert Book's background layer into a regular layer (double-click)

canvas size

Add more space at the top of the image:

Image > Canvas Size

Increase height by 1 inch.

Anchor image to the bottom of the image window. This setting will add 1 inch to the top.

Hide Logo Layer.

image window

Your image should look like this now.

Next steps are:

  • add blue background
  • add book corner

add background

Create a New Layer.

Drag it under the book layer.

Keep this new Layer active.

clone tool

Select Clone Tool.

You are going to clone the blue background onto the new blank layer.

tool options

Uncheck Aligned option - this will allow you to clone pixels from your chosen area without re-sampling it.

Choose All Layers option - this will enable you to stay in the New Layer and sample from the book layer.


Make sure you stay in the new layer.


Continue cloning the background.

expand background

One final touch:

You can see a light line at the top of book layer.

You need to remove it.

clean selection

First thing - go to book layer.

Second - use Marquee tool and select a rectangle that will include the light line.


add book corner

add corner

Let's copy one of the existing corners!

Use Polygon Lasso Tool and select a corner. Make sure you are still in the book layer.

Edit > Copy

Edit > Paste

new layer

Pasting will create a new layer with the copied selection.

Your corner is in a new layer now.

distort selection

Move the corner to the top of the book.

Align one side to the book edge.

Edit > Transform > Distort

distort selection

Distort the corner to fit with the rest of the book.

blend layers

Use Layer Mask to soften the transition for the corner.

Use Burn and Dodge Tools to darken or lighten the corner for better color match.

cover logo

add logo

Make Logo layer visible.

Duplicate the logo layer.

duplicate layers

One logo will be placed on the cover, another one - onto book binding.

Hide one of the layers for later.

distort selection

Edit > Free transform

Resize, reposition and rotate the logo.

Edit > Transform > Distort

Shape the bounding box to match the book border.

add layer effect

To add emboss effect:

Layer > Layer Style > Bevel & Emboss

emboss effect

Choose Pillow Emboss style

add logo to binding

curving a selection

Select the second Logo layer.

Free Transform it to resize, rotate, and move.


Use Marquee Tool to draw a selection around the logo.

Make sure you have extra space at the right to have room for the logo to curve.

shear filter

Filter > Distort > Shear

blending mode

Change Layer blending mode to Multiply

blending texture

This will blend the side logo nicely into the book texture.

add text title

character palette

Use Type tool for the title.

Open Character palette (Window > Character) to select a font and font size.

Keep the font color Black.


Change the blending mode to Overlay.

blending layers

Overlay mode will pick up the texture from the layer below it.

rasterize type layer

To reshape the text, we need to convert type into pixels.

Type > Rasterize Type Layer

distort text

Now you can reshape the text.

Edit > Transform > Distort

layer style

Let's add Pillow Emboss as a final touch.

Layer > Layer Style > Bevel & Emboss


final project