It's easy to overlap a logo on something in Photoshop. But what if your base photo is not on your mind, will a square logo (or any other image) look angry? Here's how to get your best picture adapted to the right perspective.
Use the Perfect Match Conversion Tool
Let's use a gadget screen image as a base: A common need for marketers (or webwriters like me). Our source image here is a Nintendo Switch with a regular 16: 9 screen, but we have to take a screenshot of something else – let's say a picture from Zelda instead of Mario . Here are the pictures I use so you can grab them and work on your own:
Select the screenshot image in the Warehouse tool and then enable the Transformation utility with the Ctrl + T shortcut on Windows or Command + T on macOS.
If you have used Photoshop for a certain amount of time, you probably have the Free Transform tool: you should know how to move the image around, shrink or expand or rotate it. But you can also skew it significantly enough to let you change it to change the perspective and match it with the image below. This is a fairly simple example: we will match this rectangular screenshot of Zelda to the rectangular screen of the switch, a simple step from corner to corner.
Hold down the Ctrl key on Windows or Command Button on Mac, then click one of the white boxes in the corner of the screenshot that is included in the Transform tool. Hold down the Ctrl and left mouse button, drag one of the corners of the top screen to the matching corner of the screen's screen in the image below. Zoom in to the pixel view if you need to match it perfectly.
You will notice that instead of the normal resize action, Ctrl or Command Modifier can capture a corner of the image and move it while the remaining four corners remain in place.
Repeat this step for the next four corners, move the screen over the monitor on the power button below. Do not apply the conversion until you finish, or you will not be able to retrieve all four corners – they are filled in transparency. You can make the top layer extend over the lower part with one pixel or two to make sure it completely covers the screen. Press Enter to close the transformer tool.
Because both the phone's screen and the monitor screen have the same aspect ratio, this little look fits perfectly and does not require further editing. Let's move on to something a little harder.
Using the Converting Tool on Strange Images
Say you have this image of a Mac laptop and you do not want to use an Apple logo in an ad. You'd better showcase your company logo.
So you want to cover up the Apple logo just like your phone screen earlier, but now the source image plan (laptop cover) is not the layer you want to add (the circular logo) , and you still need to keep the perspective right. In this case, we will use something else in the picture as a guide: the approximately rectangular lid on the laptop. We match the logo's perspective on the laptop cover and then scale it down to the size we need, while the perspective is locked.
To start, press Ctrl + T or Command + T with the top layer selected to open the conversion tool again. Now press Ctrl + Click or Command + Click, select the guide squares in the corners of the logo layer and match them with the corners of the notebook. The wheels are rounded, but you can use the edges of the lid and the transformation guide to adjust.
Because the cover on your notebook is not square, your circle is a bit too wide. You can adjust it back to a square transformation. You can eyeball this if it does not need to be perfect, or rotate the layer below and use Photoshops Line Leader if you need more precision. Press Enter to apply the conversion when done.
Now you have a square image of the portable display, and it's the right perspective to match the Apple logo below. You must enlarge it so that it does not look out of its place. With the Transform tool active, hold Alt + Shift on Windows or Option + Change to a Mac, then click one of the corners and drag inwards to scale the logo down, so it's not much bigger than the Apple logo.
Here is the final result:
If your subpicture is quite common, with a predictive shot predictable on one side, you can hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift on Windows or Command + Option + Switch on Mac to use the Transform tool in Skew mode. It's quite rare that your image will sue perfectly for this.
Using Free Transformation on Irregular Areas
Okay, so now you can match a perspective and resize as needed. But what happens if you try to get something on an area that is not flat? Let's try another example: put the Review Geek logo on a ball. Once again, use the pictures below in your copy of Photoshop to work out.
Using the tools you learned in the previous section, it is easy to get the logo on top of the ball and adjust its perspective to match the orientation of the ball itself. But the logo file looks strange because it's flat and the ball's surface is not.
To fix this, press Ctrl + T or Command + T to enable the transformer tool and look at the top of the Photoshop window. You are looking for the curved rectangular button that activates Warp Mode. Click on it.
The Capture Tool enables you to move the image around somewhere inside or outside, not just the corners. This allows you to click and drag different parts of the image to irregular positions. You'll see that the nine guidelines move along with the image, helping you see how you've changed things.
Warp Tool takes a little practice to use efficiently. You may need to regret and rethink your work multiple times. But within a few minutes you should be able to match the ball in the ball quite well. Press Enter to apply the transformation.
For areas that are a bit more predictable but still too irregular for the usual Transform tool, you can use the default Warp tools on the right side of
You can Combine the above techniques with other tools in Photoshop, such as color corrections, curves, filters, blur, etc. to get your top layer to match your lower layer. Play with these tools, and you will soon match logos and screenshots.
Image Credit: Shutterstock / Wachiwit, Shutterstock / Africa Studio, Shutterstock / Ygor, Yiorgos GR / Shutterstock.com, Nintendo