Vanishing Point Tip #2: Skyscraperfy

On the first vanishing point tool tip I showed you a simple way to add graffiti on the side of a building. In this second tip I will show you how to turn a regular sized building into a tall skyscraper using the vanishing point tool.

First download this picture of a building

After that open the file in photoshop.

First you need to make the canvas taller to accomodate a taller building.

So grab your crop tool from your photoshop toolbox on the side

Take the crop tool and highlight over the entire canvas

Zoom out to 66.7% by hitting ctrl – on your keyboard.

Then with the image still highlighted drag the top middle cursor up as high as you want, but not crazy high.

Before I do anything with the building I will go ahead and extend the sky up to fill in the gap we have after using the crop tool.

So grab your rectangle shape tool and create a black block behind the building layer that fills up the top gap.

Next go to your blending options by right clicking on the layer and choosing “blending options”

Add this gradient overlay

Click on the actualy gradient and it will pop up a window where you can change the colors in the gradient and add these 3.

This should make the sky look blue now all the way to the top.

Now its time to use the vanishing point tool.

Make sure you are on the building layer and not the sky layer.

Go to filter>>vanishing point

When you first open the tool go ahead and zoom in by hitting ctrl +.

Now decide which part of the building you want to copy. You want it to be a whole part, nothing cut off so I am goig to select the area above the bottom right tree.

Ok now that you have your plain selected we need to extend it up into the sky so photoshop knows what to do in the next few steps.

Still in the vanishing point tool put your mouse over the top middle cursor of the plain you just made and drag it up. As you can see photoshop keeps the size and proportion the building would have if it got taller.

Now that we have that done, its time to select the part of the building that we want to copy and paste into that extended plain we made.

In the vanishing point tool window grab the marquee tool

Take the marquee tool and select from the top of the building to the bottom of the plain we made.

After making the selection, hit ctrl+c then ctrl+v and click on the middle of the selection and move it up. You will see how photoshop keeps it within the plain.

This is no simple process that you can do on your first try, this will take some patience to get the right selection so the building looks seamless. You just have to keep trying over and over.

Here is what I have so far

You have to keep using the same method to extend the building further.

And do the same method with the left side of the building

I tried many ways to try to get the very left side of the building to work with this method but it distorts that part of the image quite a bit, but I just wanted to show you how to use this method and hopefully
you can use it for other projects.

Thanks for reading.

By John Overbee

John Overbee is a graphic designer for the iEntry Network.

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