Writing On The Wall: CS2 Vanishing Point

The new Photoshop CS2 Vanishing Point tool is pretty cool. It can save you a lot of time from messing with Free Transform, and the Clone Tool feature is unbeatable. In this tutorial, I’ll show you some of the basics of Vanishing Point.

I started with this photo of downtown Chicago (PhotoSpin #1030043). My goal is going to be to replace “CHICAGO” with “PHOTOSHOPLAB.”


Start by duplicating the layer (for reference and a backup) by pressing [Ctrl + J]. Bring up Vanishing Point by pressing [Ctrl + Alt + V] or [Filter > Vanishing Point].


The Create Plane Tool should be selected by default. If not, select it. This will allow you to draw your Vanishing Point grid. It works like drawing a square, so start by clicking on one of the corners of what you want to outline, for me, it will be the blue on the wall. Drag and click on all 4 corners to create the grid.


To remove “CHICAGO” I’m going to select the Stamp Tool [S]. The brush size is set default to 100, which is too large for me. So I’ll shrink it a little bit. Now, use the Stamp Tool just like you would if you weren’t in Vanishing Point. [Alt - click] on the area you want to sample, then click on the area you want to edit.


Set “Heal” to “On” to allow the Stamp Tool to work like the Healing Brush tool.


Now to add my own text. I started by choosing a relatively similar font and color.


Rasterize the type layer [Layer > Rasterize > Type].

To make the text blend a little better, I added some texture by going [Filter > Texture > Texturizer] and choosing a Canvas Texture. I choose Canvas because the Brick texture was too large in comparison to the existing brick.


Hold [Ctrl] and click on the text layer thumbnail to select it. Press [Ctrl + C] to copy the layer and press [Ctrl + D] to deselect.

Create a new layer [Ctrl + Shift + N] and hide your text layer.

Bring up Vanishing Point again [Ctrl + Alt + V] and your grid should still be there. Press [Ctrl + V] to paste your text selection.


Drag your select over the grid and watch it transform to the angle of the building.

Select the Transform Tool [T] to reshape the text to fit.


Press OK when you’re done.


Set the Layer Mode to Overlay and reduce the Opacity slightly to make it blend.


And that’s about it. Pretty cool feature.





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  1. May 20, 2008 8:16 pmRyan

    Just had to put some text on the side of a truck for work, knew vanishing point was the right tool to use but couldn’t figure it out. Quick search on the net, found this excellent tutorial, got the job done, boss really liked the result!

    Thanks a bunch.

  2. May 22, 2008 5:49 pmDanielle

    This tutorial just helped me to look really smart in front of my coworkers!

  3. January 19, 2009 1:33 pmLine

    Great tutorial, thanks!

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