4.8. Perspective

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.

[Nota] Nota

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

There are different possibilities to activate the tool:

  • From the main menu: ToolsTransform ToolsPerspective.

  • By clicking the tool icon in the Toolbox.

  • By pressing the Shift+P keyboard shortcut.

4.8.2. Options

Figura 14.110. 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 main menu through WindowsDockable WindowsTool Options which opens the option window of the selected tool.

Transform; Interpolation; Direction; Clipping; Show image preview; Guides
[Nota] Nota

These options are described in Transform tools common options.

Constrain handles (Shift)

Constrain handles to move along edges and diagonal.

Around center (Ctrl)

Transform around the center point.

4.8.3. The Shear adjustment dialog

Figura 14.111. The Shear adjustment dialog

The Shear adjustment dialog


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

Readjust button

With this button, available since GIMP 2.10.10, you can reset the transform handles back to the original square shape, while keeping the current transformation and zoom level. This enables you to create more complex transformations by making the transformation in several steps.