Using the Photoshop Vanishing Point Tool

In this quick tutorial I will show you some easy ways to use the Photoshop vanishing point tool to put graffiti on the side of a building.

The vanishing tool is only available in photoshop CS2 and up.

The first method I will show you with the vanishing tool is how to put text on the wall of a building at an angle. I am going to use graffit text to make it look like graffiti and I downloaded some free graffiti fonts from this website,

Once you get those and install them download this image of an angled wall I am going to use.

Now open up the image in photoshop.

Lets go ahead and use the vanishing tool to get our angles.

If you go to filter on your top photoshop menu you should see the vanishing point option or you can hit Alt+Ctrl+v on your keyboard.

Now go into your vanishing point tool and you will see a different screen. You will see this menu on the side:

Once in there zoom in on the image by pressing ctrl+.

When you open up the vanishing point tool you should already be on the tool you need to use first which is the “create plane tool”

This tool will allow you to make 4 points to create a box on the section of wall you want so I will first click on the very left side

Then choose your other 4 corners. If you give photoshop a good angle it will turn blue but if and if its just a decent angle it will be yellow but a bad one will show up red.

Good angle

Bad angle

You can adjust each point to get a good angle easily. After that click OK at the top and you vanishing point settings will be saved.

With your installed font write some text on the image like I have

I used white and yellow because it blends in the best on the wall after my experimenting before this tutorial.

For the vanishing tool to work you have to copy and paste whatever text you want to use into the vainishing tool window so duplicate your text layer to have one for backup.

With your copied layer, you need to turn it into an image so it is not text which is called rasterizing the layer.

To rasterize the text go to layer>>rasterize>>layers

With the rasterized layer chosen use the keyboard shortcut ctrl+a to select all and ctrl+c to copy it into the clip board.

Next create a new layer above that and hide the previous layer.

Go back into your vanishing point tool and paste in the text with ctrl+v

When you do that it will paste the font in with a selection around it.

Then grab the text and drag it into the box you made and it will conform to the wall angle. You can hit ctrl+t to transform it to size it down and fit better

Now I will set the layer to overlay.

Then duplicate that layer one more time and set it to soft light.

Here is my result:

Thanks for checking out this quick tip!

By John Overbee

John Overbee is a graphic designer for the iEntry Network.

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