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- Hi and welcome back to another edition of Creative Quick Tips my name is Justin Seeley and today we're gonna be talking about Vanishing Point inside of Photoshop. And how you can use that to add a little bit of perspective to the projects that you're working on. So, basically what I'm trying to do here is take a photo, a regular photo and put it alongside this wall here, but have it match the perspective and alignment of all of these different canvases that are going down the side of the wall. And in Photoshop I'm gonna use Vanishing Point in order to do that. Let me show you how I started.
So we start off with just this photo right here. And then we're gonna take this photo right here and move it over into that. And then put it in perspective. So, first things first we have to establish a Vanishing Point grid on our photo. So we'll go up to the Filter menu and we'll choose Vanishing Point. Once we're inside of Vanishing Point you wanna make sure you have this tool selected. It is called the Create Plane tool. And what I'm going to do now is simply start to create a plane. And I'm gonna do that by following the contour of the wall. So I'll go all the way down to here.
And, by the way if you want to zoom in temporarily on what you're doing, you can hold down the x key on your keyboard. That will zoom you in, based on wherever you're looking. And then I'll go straight down here. And then we'll come down, if you need to zoom out just command or control minus, like you normally would and what I'll do is just try to get this to where it lines up straight with the other one. Something like that, now when you create your grid if you see red, it's bad. So just start to manipulate your grid a little bit until you start to see it turn blue.
Once you see it turn blue that means you know you've got something that is correct. And so here, I can start to manipulate those points, as much as I want. There we go. And once I get perspective that I think matches that of the wall that I'm looking at, you wanna make sure this grid almost looks like it's running parallel to the wall all the way down. Almost like you've got a blue fence that goes all the way in front of it. Once you do that you can hit OK. And that grid is now a part of this file for as long as you have it open or if you save it in Photoshop format it will be a part of that document as well.
Now, to bring the photo in here what we're going to do is simply go over to the photo itself and I will just copy it using Command+A and Command+C, that selects all and then copies it to my clipboard. You can use Control+A and Control+C on a PC. Then I'll just move over here, and I want to create a brand new layer to put this on because I don't want it flattened with the background. And then I'll go up to the Filter menu choose Vanishing Point and my grid, as you can see, is still there. Once I'm inside of this now I do Command or Control+V to paste.
That pastes in the photo that I am trying to manipulate. And then what I'm going to do here is place it right about where I think it needs to go, but then grab this tool right here which is the Transform Tool, and I'm going to shrink it down. Considerably. So, let's shrink it down until it's about the size that we need it to be. And this may take a while, if you paste a big photo in here it's gonna take a long time. But in this case, just need to rotate it a bit I think, there we go. And then start to adjust the edges, just like so.
And you can make as many changes to this as you want while you've got the Transform Tool selected. And then you can just kinda start to manipulate all the different points and pieces making sure everything fits the way it's supposed to. Stretching things here or there. If you need to you can rotate it back a little bit to get it back on track. It's all dependent on what you want it to look like how you want it to function, and that kind of thing. So, we'll pull this out a bit, there we go. And that's looking pretty good. There might be some areas where I need to just kinda touch it up but I can do that after the fact. This does most of the heavy lifting for me.
And so once I have this kind of like I like it, I'll hit OK. And that's gonna place that in there. Now you remember me saying that I needed to make a few changes to this. So what I'll do is just zoom in on the areas that I think need a little help. Which is down here in this corner. Command or Control+T on that. And what I'm gonna do is hold down the Command or Control key and just kinda put that in place. Just like so. And you can do the same thing for this one if you need to manipulate that corner a little bit. But that one looks pretty good. And then the only big one that's left is this one right up here to align it right there to the edge.
So just a few little short changes. And now that looks like it has been sitting on that wall all along. And the best thing is if I were to create multiple versions of this to go all along the wall, they would all shrink accordingly and go down as they progress to the Vanishing Point of this document. And like I said as long as you save this out in .psd format, Photoshop format, anytime you open that file you will be able to see that grid. If I switch back over to the finished one I had earlier, you can see when I go to Filter, Vanishing Point, the grid that I created originally in that file is still there and I am able to place as many photos as I want along there.
For instance, if I do a paste here. You can see here as I go it just gets smaller and smaller and smaller. Almost like it's vanishing right before your very eyes. So there you go, how to use Vanishing Point to add a little bit of depth and perspective to your Photoshop artwork.
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