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Despite Photoshop's considerable and much ballyhooed capabilities, it typically confines you to the two dimensions of your canvas: height and width. Granted you have the added dimension of layers and you can add bevels and drop shadows to simulate depth, but there's precious little in the way of 3-dimensional imaging tools and inside the Standard Edition of the program, that precious little goes by the name of Vanishing Point. Introduced in Photoshop CS2 and updated in CS3, the Vanishing Point filter lets you edit an image in perspective.
Mind you it doesn't miraculously bring your 2-D layers into 3-D space, but it does a heck of a job pretending. The filter lets you divide your canvas into a series of rectangular planes that match the angles of actual objects and surfaces in the photograph. Then you can move, paint, clone and even heal areas of your image within that simulated 3-D space. It takes a little bit of time to set up the planes and the tools don't always work the way you might expect them to, but I think you'll agree that Vanishing Point opens a whole world or at least another dimension of image editing flexibility and fun.
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