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Photoshop CS6 Feature Review : Perspective Crop Tool

Perspective Crop Tool in CS6

At groovyPost.com, we love Adobe Photoshop. CS6 has a brand new tool called Perspective Crop. Let’s review its features and demonstrate a few scenarios where it can be very useful.

Photoshop CS6 Perspective Crop Tool Screencast

Photoshop CS6 Perspective Crop Tool Step-by-Step Screenshot How-To

Step 1 – Loading an appropriate image

The purpose of the Perspective Crop Tool is to combine two operations into one – distorting to remove perspective and cropping accordingly. Images that would be perfect for this tool are pictures of signs, buildings, documents, or just about anything that is taken at a slightly distorted perspective.

Here are the two images I will be using for the tutorial:

Perspective Crop Tool Example Image for Photoshop CS6 - The Tea BarPerspective Crop Tool Example Image for Photoshop CS6 - Stop Sign

 

Step 2 – The Perspective Crop Tool

To select the Perspective Crop Tool, right-click the Crop Tool and select Perspective Crop Tool.

Photoshop CS6 Perspective Crop Tool Crop Tool Location Context Menu

Step 3 – Cropping

Start out by dragging a small crop selection, approximately around the boundaries of what you’d like to crop.

Perspective Crop Tool Simple Selection CS6

Now adjust the corner anchor points accordingly to match the perspective of what you’re going to crop. Take your time on this and make sure you’re as accurate as possible.

Perspective Crop Tool Achor Points Positioning Photoshop CS6

If you want to, you can use the middle anchor points to include a larger portion of the image. Simply click and drag to increase the area of the crop.

Perspective Crop Tool Middle Anchor Points Image Addition Photoshop CS6

When you’re done, press the Enter key on your Keyboard (Return key for Mac users) to accept the changes.

Final Resul Perspective Crop Tool CS6 Photoshop

If the image seems a bit stretched out, you can quickly do a Free Transform (Ctrl+T) until things are looking just right.

Free Transform Final Result Perspective Crop Tool Photoshop CS6

Now let’s try this with the photo of the Stop sign.

Example Image Stop Sign Photoshop CS6 Perspective Crop Tool

This time, instead of dragging out a selection, you can try to click and define the four different points. If you mess up – don’t worry – you can still readjust after you’ve made the crop grid:

Click-To-Define Click To Define Acnhor Points Perspective Crop Tool Photoshop CS6

Again, you can use the middle anchor points to include other parts of the image.

Perspective Crop Tool Readjusted Anchor Points Selection Photoshop CS6

And after you hit the Enter key your results should look pretty good.

Perspective Crop Tool Final Result Photoshop CS6

Oh – and as for that little blank spot – some content aware fill should do the job:

Perspective Crop Tool Final Result After Content Aware Content-Aware Fill Photoshop CS6

Conclusion

The Perspective Crop Tool is a great new addition to Adobe Photoshop and it’s bound to save you a lot of time when working with distorted photos and images.

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One Response to Photoshop CS6 Feature Review : Perspective Crop Tool

  1. Elben May 16, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Very helpful.

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