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In this movie, I'll show the Perspective Crop tool, which allows you to isolate an image element that was shot in perspective. For example, we're looking at a snapshot that I captured with my iPhone at a CU basketball game, University of Colorado here in Boulder. And I was intrigued by this photographic composition on the side of this rolling counter display. In order to really appreciate this artwork, I need to be able to extract it out from the rest of the scene, so that it looks like it was shot head on. And I can do exactly that with the Perspective Crop tool.
To get to the tool, go to the Crop tool, click and hold on it and then choose Perspective Crop tool from the flyout menu. And something to note about this tool unlike the Crop tool, it does clip away pixels. So it delivers a flat image everytime, meaning that it is classified as a Destructive tool. However, the behavior is reasonable given that it has to distort the heck out of the image. Start things off by dragging from one corner of the artwork to the other like so, just in order to establish a base crop boundary.
And then you drag these corner handles and rather than scaling the crop boundary, you end up distorting it like so. So I'm going to move this upper right point so it aligns to the upper right corner of the artwork. And then I'll drag that lower left point so it aligns to the lower left corner of the artwork. And notice that we have a little bit of a shadow that's being cast by the countertop above, I'm going to go ahead and drag this top point down until we get that shadow out of the picture. We also have a little bit of a shadow as I recall over here on the left-hand side, so I'm going to cheat that left side in.
And you might want to cheat the other sides in well. I'm going to go ahead and take this guy up a little bit like so and I'll take this right point in as well to about there. Once you think you've matched the shot, then you press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to complete that crop. And you can see that it actually does a remarkable job. And just in case you're wondering, is Boulder Colorado really this beautiful? The answer is, heck yeah!
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