Hey guys, here’s a free perspective tool I stumbled upon recently. I find it Really useful and it saves me a lot of time.
Many digital artists use perspective brushes and stuff like that to create their grids. I used to create my perspective grids in Photoshop with paths and I always hated when I had to construct them, because they were not just time consuming but also a pain to create. At a certain point I even created some actions for them but they still leave a lot to be desired. Let alone the fact that the star tool leaves a black gradation towards its center.
Good thing I found this little guy I want to share with you here. I stumbled across this tool just recently but I must say it’s shocking how efficient this thing is. It is a serious game changer and every artist who doesn’t use it should consider giving it a try.
The perspective tool was created by Sergey Kritskiy, check him out — he’s not just an awesome artist but apparently a wizard too.
Okay so here’s how it works.
How to Install
Once you downloaded the perspective tool from the link below, you unzip it and you will see a readme file and a content folder inside the Photoshop folder.
Select the Photoshop tools folder and Copy. Then go to the folder you have installed your Photoshop into — by default it is C:/Program Files/Adobe/Photoshop and then inside the Photoshop folder /Plug-Ins/Panels and Paste the Photoshop tools folder inside.
Restart Photoshop and you’re done. Now, to use it start Photoshop and go to Window/Extensions/Perspective tools and a window will pop up like the one below.
The tool works with paths and points, but not in the conventional way. I found that the simplest way to use it is with the Pen Tool.
Now comes the fun part.
The frequency modifier pops up, which basically asks you the distance between each line on your grid. Leave a value of 1 for now and hit OK.
As you can see the grid magically appears on your canvas, connecting the two paths you created and joining them into a common vanishing point. It also creates a new layer for itself so you don’t have to worry about that either.
Now go ahead and define all 3 axes of your grid.
If you want to create parallel lines, do the same thing but use only one path instead of two.
When starting a sketch it’s probably easier to just start the grid with points instead of Paths.
What you have to do is select the Pen Tool, click wherever you want on or off the visible canvas to define your vanishing point and hit Create again on your Photoshop Perspective tool. The Frequency modifier pops up and just hit OK.
As you can see what this does is it creates lines around your point which extend over the visible canvas and define an axis for you.
The Rename button on your Photoshop perspective tool — you guessed it — renames your axis. But not just that, in fact you can choose which axis you just defined and it gives you a distinct color for every axis.
Click Rename while your grid layer is selected, choose your axis and hit Done.
The frequency modifier controls the frequency of the lines in your perspective grid.
The default value is 1 – which means one unit of measurement. In case you want the grid twice as dense, type 0.5 instead. The lower you go the denser it gets and the higher the number the larger the distance between the lines
You can use this tool to easily extract the perspective from photos or 3d models, just create your two paths along the edges of a building or object.
The Perspective tool creates the grid layer with 30% opacity. If you want to have more control over your grid increase the opacity on all your grid layers, group them (Ctrl + G) and lower the opacity of the group as you like.
You can download the Photoshop Perspective tool HERE.
his Website HERE.
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