Photoshop Fundamentals: Add Perspective With Vanishing Point

Dateline: October 30, 2006
Version: Photoshop CS2

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The Vanishing Point feature in Photoshop CS2, found under the Filter menu, allows you to apply perspective when designing and editing. It automatically adjusts for perspective planes in an image while you work. You can transform image objects with Vanishing Point and keep the end results looking real. Image changes will be properly oriented and scaled to match the chosen plane. Vanishing Point comes equipped with a number of its own editing tools such as Brush, Eyedropper, Zoom, Hand, Transform, Stamp and Marquee. Two tools unique to Vanishing Point are the Create Plane tool and Edit Plane tool, which define and edit the area or plane being used.
To work along with this tutorial, begin by downloading the sign.psd and wall.psd files. Launch Photoshop and open sign.psd. Press F7 to show the Layers palette. Select Layer 1. Choose Select > All (Command + A). Choose Edit > Copy (Command + C). Choose File > Close (Command + W).
Open wall.psd. In the Layers palette, click the Create New Layer button.
Choose Filter > Vanishing Point. (Command + Option + V). In the resulting Vanishing Point dialog box, select the Create Plane tool. Click four points to outline the shape of the brick wall.
Using the Zoom tool, press Option and click several times to zoom out. Using the Edit Plane tool, drag the points to more closely match the perimeter of the wall.
Press Command + V to paste the artwork into the Vanishing Point dialog box. Using the Marquee tool, drag the image into the plane until it distorts. Using the Transform tool, adjust the image to fit inside the plane to your liking. Click OK to exit the Vanishing Point dialog box. Set the Layer Mode to Multiply.
Drag the Background layer to the Create New Layer button to duplicate it. Move it above Layer 1. Choose Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (Command + Shift + U). Set its Layer Mode to Overlay and its Opacity to 60%.
Hold Option and place your cursor over the line between Layer 1 and Background copy. When an interlocking circle appears, click to create a clipping group.
You're done. The final image is shown at left.

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