How vanishing points work and how to apply them in photoshop for perfect perspective

Sep 2, 2016

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

How vanishing points work and how to apply them in photoshop for perfect perspective

Sep 2, 2016

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

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Hold on, we are going to show you what’s that weird point inside your transformation is.

As most of the people who are doing image manipulation art, I find myself struggle with backgrounds – especially when it comes to creepy surreal backgrounds.

I was building my own room in Photoshop – and it turned out very well (tapping self on the shoulder). I thought I would use that image to create a tutorial about cloning, masking and vanishing points. Those tools combined with some perspective understanding makes the process of creating such a composite pretty straightforward.

I use the Thailand background package, which is absolutely stunning for this kind of work.

YouTube video

You can watch the video for the complete tutorial above to see how its done.

Here is a quick before and after, quite amazing, isn’t it?

We also made a short cheat sheet for you below:

  1. Find your vanishing point by following existing lines
  2. Create a rough selection of things you want to clone
  3. Create a duplicate layer with your selection
  4. Hit CTRL+T to transform
  5. Move the transform anchor point to the vanishing point from 1
  6. Press ALT and SHIFT while transforming
  7. Rework the edges
  8. Merge with the background
  9. Repeat 724,000 times

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Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

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8 responses to “How vanishing points work and how to apply them in photoshop for perfect perspective”

  1. Tolot Avatar
    Tolot

    the original is more interesting than the edited image.

    1. Stefan Avatar
      Stefan

      I think “different” is the term you are looking for.

  2. Michele Dillon Avatar
    Michele Dillon

    The whole anchor point and moving with the vanishing point is a revelation to me. So clearly explained. Thanks so much!

  3. Michele Dillon Avatar
    Michele Dillon

    I’d also love to know more about the slider before and after programme you use.

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      It’s called twentytwenty, look it up on the wordpress plugin directory

  4. suruha Avatar
    suruha

    I have used the anchor point for several things, but, I did not know about this! Thank you sooooo much!
    Su

  5. John H Avatar
    John H

    Very useful tutorial and easy to follow. Thanks.

  6. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    Excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing it.