How to Work with Vanishing Point in Photoshop CS6

The Vanishing Point command in Photoshop CS6 enables you to make realistic edits in images that have perspective planes. With Vanishing Point, you specify the planes in your images and then, by using a variety of techniques, add or eliminate objects on those planes.

  1. Open an image that needs editing.

    If you need to paste an element into the Vanishing Point dialog box, be sure to copy the item before selecting the Vanishing Point command.

  2. Choose Filter→Vanishing Point.

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    Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/craftvision Image #15507019
  3. Grab the Create Plane tool, then click at each of the four corners of your plane to establish your editing surface.

    Be accurate when specifying the plane on your image.

    A bounding box with nodes at each corner and a grid appears over the plane surface. Move or resize the plane by using the Create Plane or Edit Plane tools. Photoshop informs you if your plane has a problem by displaying a bounding box and grid. If you have a problem grid, adjust the bounding box until it becomes blue by moving a corner node.

    [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/craftvision Image #15507019]
    Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/craftvision Image #15507019
  4. Use the Grid Size slider, accessed by clicking the double-headed arrow, to adjust the size of the grid units to better line up the plane and grid with the elements that may be in your image, such as tiles, texture, windows, or doors.

  5. If desired, you can use the Create Plane tool and Ctrl-drag (Command-drag on the Mac) an edge node of the plane to “tear off” an additional plane.

  6. After you establish your perspective planes, select an editing task:

    • Make a selection. If you want to select your entire plane, just double-click with the Marquee tool.

      [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/craftvision Image #15507019]
      Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/craftvision Image #15507019
    • Clone. Select the Marquee or Transform tool and Alt-drag (Option-drag on the Mac) the selection to create a copy of the selection.

      [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/craftvision Image #15507019]
      Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/craftvision Image #15507019

      Press Ctrl+Z (Command+Z on the Mac) to undo.

    • Move a selection. Grab the Marquee or Transform tool and drag the selection. Hold down the Shift key to constrain the move.

    • Transform a selection. To scale the selection, select the Transform tool, move the cursor on top of a node, and drag. To rotate, move the cursor next to a node until you see a curved double arrow.

    • Fill a selection with a piece of the image. With the Marquee tool, Ctrl-drag (Command-drag on the Mac) and make the selection you want as the source image.

    • Clone by stamping with part of the image. With the Stamp tool, Alt-click (Option-click on the Mac) the area you want to define as the source for your cloning. Then, drag your mouse on the portion of the image where you want the clone to appear.

    • Select a Heal option. The Off option allows you to clone without blending. The Luminance option allows you to clone by using the lighting and shading of the surrounding pixels, but keeping the source color. The On option enables you to clone by blending.

    • Paint with color. Select the Brush tool and specify your options. Click the Brush Color swatch. Paint by dragging within your image.

    • Paste a copied element from the Clipboard before selecting the Vanishing Point command. Press Ctrl+V (Command+V on the Mac) to paste your element. With your Marquee tool, position the element.

    • Move around, measure, and magnify, as needed. You can also access the Magnification drop-down menu (pop-up menu on the Mac) and the plus (+) and minus (–) buttons at the bottom of the window.

  7. Click OK.

Save your edited image as a native Photoshop (.psd), TIFF, or JPEG file to ensure that your perspective planes are saved.

[Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/craftvision Image #15507019]
Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/craftvision Image #15507019
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