Studying for PS final

I’ve found it impossible to blog this semester, shoot and study.  However, since the semester is winding down and I’m studying for finals I thought what better idea than to blog my studying.  I don’t know if people do that, but what the heck.  I’ll begin with total disclaimers:  I am by no means a PS guru, expert or anything of the sort.  I’m a student trying to learn the concepts motivated by my Photoshop final next week.  So here goes:

First, I’ll tackle the concept of Vanishing Point Retouching.

Here’s an image of an African boy peeking out a barred door I shot earlier this year in Soweto, is a township of the city of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Using the Vanishing Point filter I added the text “Soweto 2106” to wall in the proper perspective.

Here’s the before image:

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To add the text I performed the following steps:

  1.  Open the image in Photoshop
  2. Command J to duplicate the layer
  3. Used Text Tool to create text “Soweto 2016”.  It goes on separate layer.
  4. Command clicked thumbnail of text to select it; then Command C to copy it to the clipboard.
  5. Shift, Command, N to create a new layer
  6. Select Filter, Vanishing Point.  A Vanishing Point Window appears and I used the create tool to outline the part of the wall I want the text to go into.  It creates a grid.  Careful that only blue grids are accurate outlines.
  7. Command, C to copy in text on the vanishing point layer.  Drag the text into the grid.  I found that I had to minimize my text considerably to fit.  Did I mention that I’m a student?  🙂
  8. Click OK and there you have it.  Text on the wall in the correct perspective.

Here’s PS window with layer structure.  I’m certain with more practice my steps would be more concise.

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Then I got carried away and decided to change the stucco wall to crazy red bricks.  I didn’t take the time to size the bricks as I have 7 more topics to cover.  The Vanishing Point Filter also works when you have to clone objects on a wall or extend a wall/image and keep the same perspective.  Cheers!

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Mucho credit to Photoshop Tutorials by Phlearn:




My first stop in South Africa was Johannesburg, the second largest city is Africa.  It is a modern metropolitan city.   Home to 3 million people Johannesburg is affectionately called Joburg.  The black and white images here are from Soweto, a suburb, if you will of Johannesburg.

Soweto, an acronym for South Western Townships, is really a cluster of townships south west of bustling Johannesburg.  A township is a community formerly officially designated for black occupation by apartheid legislation. Twenty years post apartheid due to socioeconomic reasons little has changed.  People are living in abject poverty, deplorable living conditions.   Despite the situation I found a deep rooted pride among the people I met and real sense of community – the African word for it is “unbuntu “.