Use the Shear Filter in Photoshop CS6
Edited by Freya, Amanda, Eng
You're watching VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show you how you can use the shear filter in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. I already have an image open. You can do the same by either creating a new document, or opening an existing one. The name of your document will show on a tab on the left-hand side.
Ensure that the correct layer is selected. Look at the list of layers on the right-hand side and click the layer that needs to be edited. We only have one layer today, which is an image of David Bowie.
Click "Filter". It is located in the navigation bar that runs along the top of the program window.
Hover over "Distort". It's about halfway down the list on the dropdown menu that has opened.
Click "Shear...". It's near the middle of the new dropdown menu.
Click and drag on the top section of the border of the pop-up menu. This lets us move it so it's not covering anything important. Anything we do in the pop-up menu won't change the main image until we press the "OK" button.
Look at the preview of the image. It looks normal. In the box above it, we have a line down the middle. Imagine that this white box is the image, and we're going to manipulate where we want the shear to be. Shear means that it's following the line of a curve instead of a straight line.
Click anywhere in the white box. The centre line will be distorted into a curve to hit the point where we clicked.
Look at the image preview. We can see that the image is being pulled along with the line in the white box.
Click on any of the points and drag them. We can alter the image however we'd like, depending on what we're going for. It's quite sensitive. Play around with this.
With "Wrap Around" selected, and a curve to the image, note that there is a line visible. As we drag and curve, pixels from one side of the image get bumped and "wrap around" to the other side. This line can look obvious. In our demonstration, there's a visible curving line in the blue area on the left-hand side of the preview image.
Click the radio button next to "Repeat Edge Pixels". "Repeat Edge Pixels" camouflages this line. Note that the curving line in our preview image has disappeared. For this demonstration, we will set it to "Wrap Around". Keep playing around as desired.
Click "OK" when happy. This adds the changes to the canvas.
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