Oct
2

Single image perspective effect

by
Peter Fenech

 

Single image perspective effect
Pixabay 2249584

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Marquee Tool forms one of the principal selection methods in Photoshop. Whereas tools like the Quick Selection and the Magic Wand are used to select pixels of similar tone and colour, the Marquee Tool provides a fixed outline to work with. With the right technique, this selection can then be adapted and manipulated using masking and transformation options. For this effect to work, we’ll also require a Drop Shadow layer style to help separate each layer. The result is an illusion whereby the image recedes into itself and a sense of heightened perspective is formed. The image and its contents are still recognisable, but a sense of abstract distance is created.

Set size or ratio

Single image perspective effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press M to jump to the Rectangular Marquee Tool (press Shift+M to switch to the Elliptical Marquee). For a flexible marquee, choose Normal under Style. Otherwise, select Fixed Size or Fixed Ratio

Apply feathering

Single image perspective effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can set the Feather amount before applying the marquee, or you can go to the Select menu and Modify> Feather after making a marquee. A value of 0px gives the marquee a solid edge

Quick mask mode

Single image perspective effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lay down a marquee by dragging over the image. Press Q for a live quick mask of the marquee. In this mode, brushes can be used to adapt the shape of the marquee’s area. Press Q to exit

Add, Subtract and Intersect

Single image perspective effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Options, you can choose to Add, Subtract or Intersect additional marquees. Depending on the shape of the area selected, this gives the flexibility to adapt the marquee’s shape

Resize and transform

Single image perspective effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transform a marquee by right-clicking inside its area and going to Transform Selection. You can skew and distort further by right-clicking inside the transform box

Shrink and duplicate

Single image perspective effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copy the pixels onto a new layer by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+J. Go to Edit>Free Transform and, holding Opt/Alt+Shift, shrink the layer to a smaller size. Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate this layer

Create abstract perspective

Single image perspective effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat this process using Free Transform and duplicate a couple of times to create smaller and smaller squares. Marquees and layers can be nudged by pressing the arrow keys

Apply layer styles

Single image perspective effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applying a Drop Shadow and other layer styles will add depth to the effect. Double-click on a layer to load the Styles. Set Drop Shadow to Multiply and 40% Opacity for a subtle effect


Single image perspective effect
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Single image perspective effect
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