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How to Use Vanishing Point in Photoshop for Perspective Editing

Adobe Photoshop Vanishing Point Filter is a powerful editing tool created for flawless perspective edits. Here's how to use it to your advantage.

By Judyth Satyn

Adobe Photoshop Vanishing Point Filter is a powerful editing tool for flawless perspective edits.

When editing images keeping the perspective uniform is important, an image will look contrived if the component’s perspectives don’t match.

The Vanishing Point Filter was created for perfect perspective edits. 

When editing with the Vanishing Point Filter, the perspective measurements will be defined by a Perspective Plane, all tools used within this plane will honor the set perspective. 

Read on to learn more about how to use vanishing point in Photoshop.

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How to Use Vanishing Point in Photoshop

To use Vanishing Point in Photoshop, you will first need to open the Vanishing Point Filter. 

Vanishing Point Filter

First, Open your image in Photoshop. 

In Photoshop Filter, you will find the Vanishing Point Dialog Box, navigate to the top menu bar Filter > Vanishing Point.

The Vanishing Point Dialog Box will open, and your image will open in the canvas window.

The Vanishing Point Dialog Box contains useful tools to delineate the vanishing point, including Brush Tool, Marquee Tool, Zoom Tool, and Stamp Tool.

These tools work much the same as they do in Adobe Photoshop, and you can use the same keyboard shortcuts to access them.

The Vanishing Point Dialog Box includes tools, settings, and commands specific to vanishing point edits.

Vanishing Point Filter Tools

When the Vanishing Point Dialog Box opens, you will have a selection of Vanishing Point tools at your disposal. 

Edit Plane Tool

Use this tool when you need to select, edit or resize perspective planes.

Create Plane Tool

Use this vanishing point tool to form the four corners and adjust the size and shape of perspective planes.

Marquee Tool

Use this vanishing point tool to make square or rectangle sections, when used inside a perspective plane section, it will mirror the shape defined.


Stamp Tool

Clones sections of the image inside the perspective plane.

Brush Tool

Paints the image inside the perspective plane.

Transform Tool

Use to rescale, resize and transform the shape of selections.


Will select colors from the opened image.

Measure Tool

Use to measure distances and angles of the perspective planes.

Hand Tool

Used to move the opened image.

Zoom Tool

Use to zoom in or out of the image.

Create Plane Tool

Select the Create Plane Tool from the toolbar to create a perspective plane with the Vanishing Point Filter.

Click on your canvas to define the four corners of the plane you wish to create.

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When you have chosen the four corners of your plane a Blue Grid overlay will be placed onto your image, outlining the perspective plane.

You can adjust, reposition and resize the plane by selecting the Edit Plane Tool, then Click on and Drag the plane represented by the Blue Grid.

Once you have the first perspective plane created, you can add additional planes.

Select the Create Plane Tool from the toolbar and repeat the perspective plane-creating process, doing this, you can create multiple planes. 

Vanishing Point Filter – Copy & Paste

This is when the real Vanishing Point magic happens.

Any item you copy and paste into the planes in Vanishing Point Filter will take on the qualities and perspective of the perspective plane.

Open your new image in Photoshop.

Copy the image or section of the image, and Paste it into the Vanishing Point Filter Dialog Box, the copied image will open as a floating selection surrounded by marching ants.

You now have the option to Move, Transform or Clone this selection in the Vanishing Point Filter.

With the Move Tool, drag the selection into position.

You will notice that when the selection enters the perspective plane it will immediately adjust its shape to match the perspective of the perspective plane. 

Select the Transform Tool from the toolbar and Scale the selection to the size you want.

Any color adjustments will need to be made before placing the selection inside the Vanishing Point Filter Box, as you won’t be able to alter the color of the selection in Vanishing Point.

When your selection is in place, press Enter.

The Vanishing Point Filter Box will disappear, and your selection will be pasted onto your image.

How do I put an image in perspective in Photoshop?

Have you tried Vanishing Point in Photoshop but want to use an alternative method to put an image into proper perspective in Abode Photoshop? 

Just as all roads lead to Rome, there are many paths to changing the perspective of an image in Photoshop.

One of the best tools to use is the Transform Tool, especially the Perspective Warp Tool. 

Open the Perspective Warp tool in the drop-down menu, Edit > Perspective Warp.

Once selected, a grid of parallel lines will appear, you can reposition this grid by dragging the corners over the area you wish to adjust, then press Enter. 

Adjusting perspective-warp

Now alter and correct the perspective of your image by dragging the corners of the grid, once corrected, press Enter. 

Now you have another option for correcting a perspective and vanishing point in Photoshop. 

If you enjoyed this Photoshop Tutorial, check out: how to remove a background in Photoshop and how to edit PDFs in Photoshop.

Shotkit Writer & Photoshop Expert

Judyth is an experienced studio photographer and glass artist. When she isn’t Photoshopping comedians into the bellies of sharks, you can find her cooking delicious treats for her guests.

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