Lesson 8 - Manipulating curtains and drapes into perspective with Photoshop.

In the following tutorial, I will be going over 2 ways of how to “tweak” curtains so that they sit in perspective along the Sidewall.   The Curtains So here is a generic front view of some curtains complete with the curtain rod.  

manipulating from view of curtain

    At this point, I’ve already removed its background and, again if you need a refresher on removing backgrounds check out lesson 6.   Now, having this curtain as a front view would work if our windows were on the back wall. But In this circumstance, I need to place them on my left wall in perspective.  

Method 1

Using perspective tools to manipulate the curtains.

 Step One:

Importing and duplicating the Curtain Layer 

Import the curtain layer into the .psd by dragging it from your desktop or wherever else it is stored into Photoshops interface.   

front view of curtain before perspective adjustment

Duplicate So similarly to how we dealt with the table in the previous lesson I’m going to start by duplicating the curtains so that I can always go back to the original.   Just incase I end up destroying the one I’m about to manipulate.   This is also known as a non-destructive workflow.    

curtain layer duplicate for non destructive workflow

Alt, drag the layer/group up or down = Creates duplicate layer/group

Step Two:

Separate the curtain layer into pieces.

  Separating the image With the perspective line turned on, I will drag the curtains over placing the left edge roughly in the position that I want it to be in the end.   Then, with the marque tool, I will begin breaking the table up into pieces.   (depending on the complexity of your object you may have to make several layers. the idea is that you want to separate layers that will need to be manipulated separately from their neighboring parts.  In this case, its each curtain and the curtain rod so 3 pieces.   First I will separate the curtain rod from the curtain (see video above).  

rod of curtain separated

  I will then separate the curtain itself selecting it with the marquee tool.   Then I will hit CMND J to duplicate my selection and place it on its own layer.   

curtain fabric separated from curtain rod

Step Three

Placing the curtain layer into perspective.   Once I have all  layers created its time to place them in perspective.   In contrast to the table in the previous lesson, the nice thing about the curtains is that all parts of the curtain run along the same perspective plane.   Perspective Lines Next, I will turn on my perspective lines so I can have a guide to work with.   See lesson 2 on how to create one point perspective.  

one point perspective grid and lines

  note: in Lesson 2 we learned how to create perspective lines like this one so if you want to check that out go for it. They will be crucial when getting the perspective correct on this object.   You can also download this perspective .png on our website under free downloads.

Manipulating the Curtain Group

Then using the transform tool I will then start placing the curtain group into perspective. Making sure the top and bottom edge of the Curtains are aligned with the Perspective lines.

top curtain perspective

  Top of Curtain.  

top curtain perspective

  Bottom of Curtain.   Rinse and repeat for other windows in the room. Now that you have one set of curtains in perspective, just duplicate the curtain group and follow the above principles for use on the surrounding Windows.  


Final Left Curtain.  


Final Right Curtain.

Method 2

Using The “The Design Board Kit” Method.


    I wanted to show those who have purchased the kit how to go about using it when applying curtains. It's much simpler and takes much less time because we don’t have to worry about perspective.

Step One

Copy & paste the curtain layer into The Kit’s “left wall” smart object layer.


a.) Select and copy the curtain

First select the curtain layer by CMND (or Ctrl) Clicking on the curtains layer Icon.  


b.) Navigate to the “left wall” layer

Inside the living room design kits “group” there is group titled, “Walls” and inside that there's a group called “Left wall”.




  Open that up and double click the left wall smart object layer.   It will open up your left wall in 2D.

c.) Create a new Layer and Paste in the Curtain

Now create a new layer  




  Then  hit CMND or Ctrl “P” to paste the curtains layer into the left wall.  

curtain layer

d.) Position Scale and Save

Now you should see your curtain pop into the new layer you created. Hit Cmnd or Ctrl "T” and Transform the Curtain layer into position over the windows.  

inside the left wall

    Once you're happy with the position save the smart object (CMND or Cntrl S) and toggle back to your master comp (CMND or Cntrl Tab) to see the 3d version.  

left curtain in left wall 2d


Right curtain in left wall 2d


Final Version Of curtains in living room Kit

  If something's not working you probably just missed a step.   Go back over it one more time and if still, a problem leaves me a comment below.


There you have it, we have taken a front facing curtain and manipulated it to sit in a 3 quarter perspective.   Lastly, I want to make sure you guys are getting what I’m putting down give this a try on your own and let me know how it goes in the comment section below.   In the next lesson, we will take a look at how to manipulate an armless chair to create a complete set sitting in perspective.