Writing on the Wall with Photoshop’s Vanishing Point

Feb 09, 2007 No Comments by
The new Vanishing Point tool is pretty cool. It can save you a lot of time from messing with Free Transform, and the Clone Tool feature is unbeatable. In this tutorial, I’ll show you some of the basics of Vanishing Point.

Step 1

I started with this photo of downtown Chicago (PhotoSpin #1030043). My goal is going to be to replace “CHICAGO” with “PHOTOSHOPLAB.”

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Step 2

Start by duplicating the layer (for reference and a backup) by pressing Command/Ctrl + J. Bring up Vanishing Point by pressing Command/Ctrl + Option/Alt + V or Filter > Vanishing Point.

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Step 3

The Create Plane Tool should be selected by default. If not, select it. This will allow you to draw your Vanishing Point grid. It works like drawing a square, so start by clicking on one of the corners of what you want to outline, for me, it will be the blue on the wall. Drag and click on all 4 corners to create the grid.

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Step 4

To remove “CHICAGO” I’m going to select the Stamp Tool S. The brush size is set default to 100, which is too large for me. So I’ll shrink it a little bit. Now, use the Stamp Tool just like you would if you weren’t in Vanishing Point. Option/Alt – click on the area you want to sample, then click on the area you want to edit.

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Step 5

Set “Heal” to “On” to allow the Stamp Tool to work like the Healing Brush tool.

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Step 6

Now to add my own text. I started by choosing a relatively similar font and color.

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Step 7

Rasterize the type layer Layer > Rasterize > Type.

To make the text blend a little better, I added some texture by goingFilter > Texture > Texturizer and choosing a Canvas Texture. I choose Canvas because the Brick texture was too large in comparison to the existing brick.

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Step 8

Hold Command/Ctrl and click on the text layer thumbnail to select it. Press Command/Ctrl + C to copy the layer and pressCommand/Ctrl + D to deselect.

Create a new layer Command/Ctrl + Shift + N and hide your text layer.

Bring up Vanishing Point again Command/Ctrl + Option/Alt + Vand your grid should still be there. Press Command/Ctrl + V to paste your text selection.

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Step 9

Drag your select over the grid and watch it transform to the angle of the building.

Select the Transform Tool T to reshape the text to fit.

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Step 10

Press OK when you’re done.

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Step 11

Set the Layer Mode to Overlay and reduce the Opacity slightly to make it blend.

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And that’s about it. Pretty cool feature.

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