Step-by-step: En­sure you have cor­rect per­spec­tive

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Imaginenation Artist Q&A -

1 To be­gin, I cre­ate ope­nended tri­an­gles and con­sol­i­date their top- most points into one point. By click­ing and drag­ging with the white ar­row (oth­er­wise known as Pho­to­shop’s Di­rect Se­lec­tion tool), I can drag the grouped points to where my first van­ish­ing point would be. Do­ing so en­ables me to es­tab­lish my com­po­si­tion’s hori­zon or eye­line. 2 I du­pli­cate the first set of paths that I cre­ated and then, us­ing the Di­rect Se­lec­tion tool again, I se­lect all of the top- most points. By hold­ing down the Shift key, I en­sure that I trans­late them hor­i­zon­tally, keep­ing them con­strained to my hori­zon line. This, in turn, gives my com­po­si­tion its sec­ond point of per­spec­tive that I can now follow as I be­gin paint­ing. 3 I use the white se­lec­tion ar­row to ma­nip­u­late the paths to act as guides, draw­ing un­der­neath them. How­ever, if your paths are vis­i­ble and you at­tempt to trans­form some­thing, Pho­to­shop will try to trans­form the paths. One so­lu­tion is to stroke the paths into a new layer, giv­ing you your lines of per­spec­tive in pix­els that can be made semi-opaque by ad­just­ing the Trans­parency. 4 Paths can be as­signed a name and then du­pli­cated in the Paths win­dow. Should you need van­ish­ing points for an ob­ject that’s nei­ther par­al­lel nor per­pen­dic­u­lar to your ini­tial ob­ject, then one so­lu­tion is to du­pli­cate the paths and then slide the two van­ish­ing points hor­i­zon­tally across the hori­zon line. This ad­justs the guides to their new ap­pli­ca­tion in your com­po­si­tion.

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