Today we’re going to have a look at using the Vanishing Point Filter in Photoshop, and to be honest this was pretty new to me until about a year ago when I started to use it constantly. I was aware of it, but not to the point were I would have actually used it and I’m sure many of you have over looked it yourselves, or may not even know it exists at all.
It’s a very cool tool, ha try saying cool tool 20 times fast…anyway,
What it does is it allows you to add things like pictures and graffiti to walls using the correct perspective. What I normally do is transform it by using the Transform Tool and kind of judge it by eye, but this creates a lot of back and forth, trying to judge it correctly. So, wouldn’t it be nice to just use this tool and be done with it.
The answer is yes, so lets check out how.
So this can come in handy for… well for anything, but I personally put it to good use when I was doing mock ups in freelance jobs for people making renovations to their homes, it was great for adding pictures and furniture and having everything be in perfectly in perspective with one another.
Ok so lets take a look at the picture I will be using to day and the picture I want to add to the wall.
Copy and paste your picture on to the image and use the transform tool (T) to scale your image to the size that you want it to be on the wall if you were looking at it front on, hold Alt while doing this to restrain the image, judge it based on the wall it will be attached to.
Just a quick lesson on perspective, if you look at the image below you will see the lines all go to what is called the vanishing point, so if you were doing things just using the Transform Tool you would have to guess all the correct lines in your head unless you were to use guides, that would take forever (Kinda) so now you know what perspective is lets move along.
Now Select all and copy the picture, you will need this shortly.
Then make that layer invisible but clicking on the eye beside it in the layer panel.
Now make a duplicate of your main layer and go to Filter – Vanishing Point.
Now you will have to click on the Create Plane Tool (Shortcut C), this will define your perspective. So with a bit of imagination figure out where you think the corners would be on your image and click the four points.
If you can see all the corners of the room then your job will be easy enough, of course I’ve made things slightly harder for myself but whatever, I can kind of guess so it shouldn’t look too bad.
You will also be able to move it around after if it shows up as red, what you want is for the Blue Grid to appear then you will know you’re pretty much on the money.
You can move the grid in or out, move all the sides etc by clicking and dragging, simple.
That way you can fix up as you go along.
There is a few other options with this like you can change your grid size like shown below, but it’s nothing major, maybe you can find a use for it.
Once you’re happy it Ctrl V to paste the image we selected and copied early remember.
Now hitting M will activate your Marque Tool and you will be able to click and drag your picture onto the perspective grid.
This is were the magic happens.
So as you can see from mine it is a little off, but what you ca do here is hit T for Transform and you will be able to work with the image inside the grid to better fit it with out losing it’s perspective.
Next hit ok and it will apply it direct onto your wall.
If you’re like me you might want to add a frame onto your picture and give it a little bit of shading as well so that’s another little addition for you for real world application.
Until next time, keep learning.