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Adobe Photoshop CC - Advanced Training

How to change the perspective in Photoshop Perspective Warp

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we're going to learn how to use Perspective Warp to do this. See all the weird lines heading off in all sorts of directions. Hey presto, it's all straight. It's one of the typical uses for Perspective Warp. 

Another use though is this. This is my original container but I need to turn it a different direction. Imagine if you could go back in time and move it around. Cool, huh? That is the Perspective Warp tool in Adobe Photoshop. Go and learn how to use it now. These two files are going to be Perspective Warp 1 and 2, not Crop. Though we're going to be doing kind of a similar thing. So let's start with Perspective Warp 1. And in this case the lens, to get this shot with all the background, you can see, it's kind of distorted the lines here. So nothing's really straight. So this is a perfect option for 'Edit', 'Perspective Warp'. 

Now to be fancy we should convert it into a Smart Object first. Then we can turn that effect on and off later. So 'Edit', 'Perspective Warp'. And what you do is you just click once anywhere. That gives you your first kind of plane. Just drag the corners so you're kind of covering the-- what kind of covering, exactly covering one face of the church. I'm just dragging this around. And the way I'm kind of lining it up is, obviously there's a clear line down the bottom here in the dirt. But then there's this other rule of thirds here, so I'm dragging that around because I really want-- can you see there? Now I feel like that's a straight line, or a straight plane across it, I want to get the cross in. So just mess about it until you feel like these lines all aligned with, you can see that one there, aligns with the roof of the roof line there. 

Now we want this other plane over here. Easiest way again is just to click once over here, and just drawing these up, you join the first one up, and it just snaps to it. Then spend a bit of time lining that up. The same thing, I want-- it's easy to line this bottom one up. I want to make sure that this guide here, kind of aligns with the roof and that should give me some sort of shape. Basically just tells Photoshop what the two planes we're dealing with. 

So there's two phases, there's layout which we just did, and then you move to Warp, and this is where the magic happens. What I want to do is I want to say, all these lines, I want you to be straight up and down. Cool, huh. Now works really cool with just boxes, but because this is a church and there's a pitched roof, and there's a little bit of weirdness going on here. I'll just kind of fudge it by lifting this up a bit. You can see, I can kind of really manipulate real life, like I've turned this thing around. When you finish, either click the 'Tick' or hit 'Return'. And let's turn these Smart Folder 'on' and 'off'. Cool, huh? 

Let's look at another example. This container here could be the most perfect example of this, because it's nice and square. Things aren't square, things can get a little weird, and also, so you know, if there's a person standing in front of this, they're going to get distorted and it's not going to be that realistic. So there's kind of like a perfect storm that needs to happen for this tool to be amazing, but it's definitely good enough. But when the example is right this tool is pretty amazing, watch this. So here we go. 

So that's my first plane. I should be more perfect with it. You can click once and then just drag them into it. Another little trick is, click and drag, just get it close. You'll see those two lines get highlighted and it will snap to it. So here we go, my friend. So instead of just straightening it out, which is not what I want to do now. It is nice and straight, what I want to do is try and turn it around. I'm going to switch from Layout to Warp. What I can do is a little trick. I can hold down 'Shift' and click on this line here. You can see, it kind of locks that into my straight up and down plane. And it means whenever I drag one of these, can you see, the top one comes along for the ride as well. 

You can see, kind of turned this thing around. Grab you. A little bit of, like tongue out, how's this looking? You can see, I can kind of make it look like the container was actually facing the other way when it was photographed. How good is that? I forgot to turn it into a Smart Object, so I'm going to click 'Return 'on my keyboard, you saw it there already. Whole thing's turned around. I'm going to use my undo. That way, that way, cool, huh? 

Let's jump back to this one here and finish it up, because I want to fill this with Content Aware Fill. But I can't, because it's a Smart Object. So I have to destroy all my good work. I'm going to right click it, I'm going to go to this one that says 'Rasterize Layer'. Gets rid of all my hard work, but now, I'm going to use my Rectangle Marquee Tool just to draw a couple of quick boxes. Holding 'Shift' key to add to the selection. I should use the Lasso tool, being lazy. You've seen this before anyway. Let's go to 'Edit', 'Fill', 'Content Aware Fill'. Magic. I love it. Nature, it does so well with nature, right? Content Aware Fill just kind of like magics it up. I've been teaching this for ages and I'm still super impressed. That is Perspective Warp. 

One thing before I go, it can be really good for internal shots as well. So if you've got, say the internal view of a house or a room, can be a nice way of straightening up the walls. If like this image they're being distorted, but as soon as you add, like big objects in the middle of the room, especially people or recognizable objects, that can't look kind of smeared, like these windows smear just fine. They can be changed angles and they're fine, but if there was a person, they were slightly wider than they were meant to be, it just doesn't work, so keep it in your tool kit, for those times that you need it. Quick and easy to use, but it doesn't work perfect every time. Let's get on to the next video.