4.8. Perspective

Figure 14.130. Perspective tool

Perspective tool

The Perspective Tool is used to change the perspective of the active layer content, of a selection content or of a path. When you click on the image, according to the Preview type you have selected, a rectangular frame or a grid pops up around the selection (or around the whole layer if there is no selection), with a handle on each of the four corners. By moving these handles by click-and-drag, you can modify the perspective. At the same time, a Transformation information pops up, which lets you valid the transformation. At the center of the element, a circle lets you move the element by click-and-drag.

[Note] Note

This tool is not actually a perspective tool, as it doesn't impose perspective rules. It is better described as a distort tool.

4.8.1. Activating the Tool

You can access the Perspective tool in different ways:

  • From the image menu bar Tools/ Transform Tools Perspective,

  • By clicking the tool icon: in Toolbox,

  • By using the Shift+P key combination.

4.8.2. Options

Figure 14.131. Perspective tool options

Perspective tool options

Normally, tool options are displayed in a window attached under the Toolbox as soon as you activate a tool. If they are not, you can access them from the image menu bar through WindowsDockable WindowsTool Options which opens the option window of the selected tool.

Transform; Interpolation; Direction; Clipping; Preview; Guides
[Note] Note

These options are described in Transform tools common options.

4.8.3.  The information window for perspective transformation

Figure 14.132.  The information window of the Perspective tool

The information window of the Perspective tool


The information window shows a mathematical representation of the perspective transformation. You can find more information about transformation matrices on Wikipedia.