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Bending a Photo

To bend a photo with the Vanishing Point filter, you need to create a second plane that is related to the first so the photo can move seamlessly from one plane to the next.

Here’s how to do this in Photoshop CS3:

  1. Repeat steps 1–4 from the first example, but this time choose an image that has two intersecting walls so you can bend the photo around the corner. Draw the grid over one of the intersecting walls.
  2. To create the second grid so it is attached to the first, hold the Control key (Command on the Mac) and drag on the middle handle on the side that you need to extend around the corner. Don’t worry that it is probably heading off in the wrong direction, just ensure that it is dragging at a different angle (see Figure 5).
    Figure 05

    Figure 5 The updated Vanishing Point filter in Photoshop CS3 lets you create related panes by Control-dragging a side on an existing plane.

  3. Hold the Alt key (Option on the Mac) and drag the same handle, this time swinging the grid around until it appears over the second wall (see Figure 6). If fine-tuning is required, you can set a precise angle for the second plane in the Angle box.
    Figure 6

    Figure 6 Use the Alt key to drag on a side and swing the grid into the desired position.

  4. Now repeat the process of pasting the image into the Filter dialog box and drag it onto the grid. This time, because the second plane was related to the first, the photo will fill both grids and it will be bent when it appears over the position where the planes intersect (see Figure 7).
    Figure 7

    Figure 7 With two related planes, your image will fill both planes and bend where they intersect.

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