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Chapter 16. Retouching > Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

All the retouching tools we've talked about until now have had one major shortcoming—they think the world is flat! That's right, they have no idea that your image might contain objects that appear to change proportion as they recede from the camera. The solution is to use a new filter called Vanishing Point, which allows you to create different perspective planes in your image, thus allowing you to paint, retouch, scale and distort in the perspectives you've just established.

Just take a look at Figure16.53 to see what I mean. Most people's brains would recognize that the dock has a consistent width but that it looks smaller in the distance due to the effects of perspective. Photoshop on the other hand, has no clue what your image looks like and simply thinks of it as a flat surface. If you were to use the Paintbrush tool in Photoshop and paint an outline of the dock, you'd end up with what's shown in Figure 16.54. But if you were to get into Vanishing Point, establish the dock's perspective, and then paint on the image, your results would be quite different (Figure 16.55). Selections made in Vanishing Point will also conform to the perspective planes that make up your image (Figures 16.56 and 16.57).


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