MIND-BLOWING Perspective-Bending Effect in Photoshop [EASY Photo Manipulation Tutorial]

MIND-BLOWING Perspective-Bending Effect in Photoshop [EASY Photo Manipulation Tutorial]

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create a perspective-bending effect. The resulting cube Earth will be a similar effect to the photo manipulations that you have seen in the movie Inception and Dr. Strange.

The Perspective photo manipulation effect in this video can be replicated with almost any landscape photo where the horizon is visible.

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📘 INDEX – Perspective-Bending Effect
01:22 – Setting Up the Photo
03:22 – First Perspective-Bending Effect (Wall)
03:58 – Second Perspective-Bending Effect (Cube)
04:40 – Reposition Layer Mask
05:45 – Match Recognizable Items in Photo
06:38 – Create Shadows and Highlights
10:44 – Clone-Out Imperfections.
13:33 – Create Road Going Off-Screen

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In this video, I'm going to show you how to
create a perspective-bending effect in Photoshop. Hi, Jesus Ramirez here from the Photoshop Training Channel. In this video, I'm going to show you how to
create a cube earth. This is an effect very similar to what you
would see in the movie Dr. Strange or Inception. This is going to be a really easy effect to
recreate, and no matter your skill level you should be able to follow along. Okay, let’s get started. So, we’re going to work with this document
here. This document contains two layers and full
disclosure this is the original file. I wasn't too happy with the sky, so I did
a sky replacement. We’re going to work with the sky replacement,
but I just wanted to show you that the original file had a different sky. Also, you can use whatever landscape photo
you have to follow along, or you can download a watermark version of this photo from Adobe
Stock. There's a link to it in the description. I'm not going to spend any time doing sky
replacements in this video because I really want to get into the actual cube effect that
we’re trying to recreate. But if you’re interested in learning how
to do sky replacements, I have a 90-second video that I really think you will enjoy. It uses blend if to replace skies really easy. So, check out the link, it's going to be down
below in the description. Okay, since we’re not using this layer,
I'm just going to delete it and just work with this layer. And the first thing that we’re going to
do is right click on the layer, and convert it into a smart object. Now, this step is not necessary, you can do
it without a smart object, but I think that it helps later on. So, you can do it without a smart object,
but you'll see why this becomes helpful. Then I'm going to duplicate the smart object,
but be very careful how you duplicate the smart object. If you simply duplicate it by pressing Ctrl
J or dragging it into the new layer icon, then you’re going to create a smart object
that is linked to the original. So if you make a change to one, that change
will be applied to the second. I don't want that, I want two smart objects
of the same thing, but I don't want them to link. So, to create a duplicate of a smart object
without being it being linked, you can right click on the layer, and select new smart object
via copy. So they’re both the same, but they’re
not linked. I'm going to press Ctrl T, Command T to transform
right click and select flip horizontal, then right click and select rotate 90 degrees clockwise. I'm going to click and drag that rotated layer
and place the bottom left corner on the bottom left corner of the canvas. Then I'm going to zoom out; then I'm going
to hit enter, return in the Mac to commit the changes. And I'm going to select the Polygonal Lasso
tool, and I'm going to make a selection from the bottom corner of the canvas to the top
corner of that layer. So, I’m going to disable the background
so that you could see it. So, I’m going to click here and drag up
here, so to the top right corner where the transparency starts and just make a loose
selection in the outside. So, now I have a selection on the top left
corner of this layer, so this is really, really important. Then I'm going to enable the background layers
so that you can see the magic. With this top layer select and I'll just call
this top layer side because it’s going to be the side of our cube, and this one will
be the top part of our cube, so, I’ll call it top. So, with the side layer selected, I'm going
to click on the Layer Mask icon and just watch the magic happen. Right away we create sort of the effect that
we're going for, so this could be a different effect that you can apply but is sort of the
opposite of what we want. We want it to be the other way around, we
want it to go down not up, but you can use this technique to create an effect where the
side of the cube is going up instead of down, in this case, it really wouldn't be a cube,
It's more of a wall. But anyway if we want that face to go down,
we simply need to select this Layer Mask and in the properties panel click on invert and
notice what happens. Now it looks like that face is going down
instead of up, so this technique should work on all photos, let me know in the comments
if it was new to you. The next step is to unlink the Layer Mask
from the layer. So notice how when I click on each individual
thumbnail the focus changes, the focus is that white outline around it. So make sure that the focus is on the Layer
Mask, and we're going to click on this chain link icon to remove it. So now the Layer Mask is no longer linked
to a layer that means that we can move them independently of each other, and that's what
we want to do. So with that Layer Mask selected I'm going
to click on the move tool, and I'm going to click and drag that Layer Mask to the right
while holding Shift so that I can’t move it up and down I can just move it left to
right. And I'm just going to place it right about
here, on your image you will have to experiment to see what looks better. It all depends on the contents of your photo,
but no matter where you place the mask you will have the same problem, which is the visible
pixels on the right. So I'm going to click on the rectangular marquee
tool and make a selection around those pixels. Black is my foreground color, so if I select
the Layer Mask and press Alt and Backspace that fails but the foreground color and it
hides those pixels from the Layer Mask. If I enable the top layer, the top face of
the cube you can see what that looks like now. I'm going to press Ctrl D Command D to de-select,
I'm going to double-click on the hand tool to fit the image to screen. Now I'm going to click on the layer thumbnail. Click on the move tool, click and drag that
to the right. and what I really need to do at this point
is to find something in my image that is recognizable. So, look at your image and look for something
that is recognizable, so in my case, this red truck and I mean recognizable close to
the edge ideally. So, this truck is close to the edge, so I
need to find that same truck on the other image So, I'm just going to click and drag till
I find that truck and maybe I already went past it, no I haven't yet so let me find it,
there it is it's right here, so find something recognizable. I'm going to zoom in, and I'm going to try
to place it into position, and you can use the up and down arrow keys on the keyboard
so you can move the layer up down left right. So right about there, that looks right I'm
going to double-click on the hand tool to zoom out and just make sure that everything
looks right. And that looks pretty good already what do
you think? So, what we've got to do now is work on the
lighting because in the real world each face will have different light, so we need to change
that in the composite. So what I'm going to do is double-click to
the side of the layer and click on Gradient Overlay. then I'm going to click on this drop down
and select the second option, which is foreground color to transparent. The foreground color is black, which is what
we want. And now I can bring the scale down to 10,
and I'm going to try to match this line to the angle of the cube. And I can do so by simply putting my cursor
inside of that input box and using the up arrow to rotate it accordingly. So, find the right angle for your shadow,
tap on the up and down arrow keys until you get it right about there, then I can increase
the scale, and I can click and drag to place it into position better. So, that looks pretty good I think, maybe
I need to rotate it a little more the other direction, something like that and press okay. Now obviously we have a big problem here this
very sharp line. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to teach
you a trick where you can separate the Layer Style from the layer, and you can control
it independently, you can even add a mask. And you can do so by right-clicking on the
FX icon and selecting “Create Layer.” This removes the Layer Style, but it creates
this new layer with that effect. So now you can simply apply a Layer Mask to
that. I'm going to hold Alt, that's Option on the
Mac as I create the Layer Mask to create an inverted mask. So that's going to hide everything that layer,
notice how it's black now. And I can simply paint on that Layer Mask
with white to bring back that effect. And then I can paint with black to hide it,
and I'm going to make a smaller brush Hold Shift, click-and-drag down to make a
straight line. So, when you hold Shift, you can make straight
lines when you're painting. And I'm going to bring down the opacity accordingly,
maybe something like that, before and after. Now the problem now is that we actually have
a really sharp line, so I'm actually going to bring that up so you can see the problem. So I'm going to zoom in and notice that we
have a very sharp line and I don't really like that I want a smoother line. I'm going to go into the Layer Mask, and it's
controlling the side of the cube, and I'm just going to smooth it that way around the
bevel. So, to do that just simply select the Layer
Mask and then increase the feather on the properties panel, so notice how that removes
that sharp line and I think that looks much better. I'm going to fit the image to screen, and
I'm going to bring the opacity to this layer to 50%. So what we're going to do now is add a highlight
to that edge just to make it more realistic, so I’m going to click under the side layer
and create a new layer. And I'm simply going to paint with white I’m
using a soft brush, and maybe I'll make it smaller by using the left bracket key on the
keyboard. And I click once hold Shift and click on the
other side, and that creates a straight line like so. I can reduce the opacity and maybe even change
the blend mode to something like overlay and reduce the opacity even further. So now we have sort of that nice highlight
there at the edge. And by the way, if I'm going too fast in some
of these parts remember that you can always pause and rewind the video. All right, so now this is looking pretty good
I’m going to zoom in, and you can see that this is looking much, much better. And I think I might have gone over the edge
there so let me create a Layer Mask and paint with black just to hide that there. So, what I'm going to do now is just work
on some details, so look at what I'm doing and see how you can apply these techniques
to your image. The first thing that I'm going to do is zoom
in, and we're going to work with this red truck. Because obviously if cars are going down the
road then they would get into a car crash, and you don't want that. So, we don't want any car accidents. So what we need to do is we need to remove
or clone out this truck, which is why I asked you to create a smart object. If I double-click on this smart object it
opens up in a brand new tab, and we can work on it, so now I can create a new layer, zoom
in and there's that red truck. I can select a clone tool, reduce the size
of the brush, hold Alt, Option on the Mac and click to sample from that area, and I
can simply clone out the truck. And I'm not going to spend too much time and
make sure that I get it 100% right because this is just a tutorial, but in your own images
do spend the time to get it right. So, I’m going to save by pressing Ctrl S. Command S on the Mac and that truck is now
gone. So, you need to go into your image and find
issues like that and just clone them out. Also, another issue with cars is that they're
facing the wrong way, so if we want to add cars that are facing the right way we need
to copy them from another area. So, we'll work with these cars here so you
can see what I mean by that. I want to double-click on that smart object
again, and I'm going to find that same spot, which is right over here, this area here. So what I need to do first is clone out these
cars, so let me clone them out really quick. And again this is not going to be the best
cloning job you've ever seen, but it's going to illustrate my point, there we go. So, now those cars are gone, if I press Ctrl
S, Command S on the Mac to save you will see that those cars are now gone from here. Now I want to make it seem as if cars are
going down this road not up. So, what I need to do is I need to take cars
from this side of the road and clone them on to the other side of the road. So, I'm going to create a new layer, and I'm
just going to clone that car on to this side like so. And then I can create a Layer Mask, paint
with black in areas where it doesn't quite match, then I can press Ctrl S, Command S
on the Mac to save. Go back into my composition, and now you will
see a truck going down the road not up. I'm not going to take the time to clone out
all the other cars because it's the same process over and over again. And that's where I spent a lot of the time
in my composite. I spent a lot of time working on those finer
details, so you need to do that. We're going to finalize the tutorial by creating
that main road that goes off screen. So, to create that we're going to work with
the original layer. So, first I'm going to select all the other
layers and press Ctrl G, Command G on the Mac to put that into a group. And I'm going to call this side because that's
the side of the cube and we're always working that nondestructively. So, now I'm going to show you this really
cool technique to make it seem as if the road is coming right at you. And it's really simple all you need to do
is select the background, which is that top face, the bottom-most layer. Go into the Polygonal Lasso tool and simply
make a selection around the road and I'm going to hide the top group so that we can see it
better. I'm just going to loosely follow the edge
like so. And I'm clicking to set the point of that
selection, and when I come into the other side. I can close that selection, and it’ll select
the road. Then I can press Ctrl J, that's Command J
on the Mac to duplicate. You can remember that keyboard shortcut by
thinking of jumping a layer, so it jumps up to a new layer. So, we have that road in a single layer as
you can see there. Then I'm going to convert this layer into
a smart object so that I can transform it nondestructively. Or rename the layer overpass , and I'm going
to press Ctrl T Command T on the Mac to transform, and I'm going to zoom in so that you could
see. We have this little pivot point here that
I can click and drag or I can hold Alt Option on the mac and click to place the pivot point
in that spot. So, I'm going to place it right in the center
of the street; then I'm going to zoom out, I'm going to right-click on that layer and
select perspective. And I'm simply going to click on one of the
corner handles and drag outward like so, so that makes it seem as if the road is coming
right up at us. Then I'm going to right-click and select warp,
and I'm going to use these handles to warp the road in so that it's thinner at the bottom. And that helps create the illusion of the
road coming up. And I'm just going to click and drag this
point outward like so. Then I'm going to right-click and select distort;
I'm going to click on this middle handle and just drag it out just a little bit like so. Then I'm going to hit enter, and we have created
the overpass. What I'm going to show you now is a really
cool technique of creating shadows in Photoshop especially when you're compositing. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to click
on the top layer, then I'm going to create an exposure adjustment layer, and I'm going
to decrease the exposure, so right about there. Then with the Layer Mask active I'm going
to click on the invert button in the properties panel so black hides, so we're hiding the
effect. Now I can come into the brush tool and paint
with a small soft brush with white, because white reveals, and that is my shadow right
there, and I'm just painting that shadow in. And we can adjust the shadow by adjusting
the exposure. What I need to do now is drag the overpass
layer above the side group. And I need to do the same for the exposure
adjustment layer, which is the shadow. And at this point, all that you need to do
is work on the fine details of your composite to take it to the next level. Let me know in the comments, which of the
techniques that I showed in this tutorial was your favorite, also if this is your first
time at the Photoshop Training Channel don't forget to subscribe. If you decide to create something using this
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talk to you again very soon.

47 thoughts on “MIND-BLOWING Perspective-Bending Effect in Photoshop [EASY Photo Manipulation Tutorial]

  1. WOW! Very impressive tutorial and visually extremely captivating. One of those rare "I-have-GOT-to-try-this" tutorials. Thanks so much, JR.

  2. I was trying to learn how to do this with drone shots! Perfect. Can i do this effect with me in it like I’m teetering in the edge of the cliff ?

  3. Hola Jesus 🙂 Saludos desde Uruguay, traté de hacer este efecto en una foto vertical, pero no me sale…alguna sugerencia??? Muchas gracias!

  4. Thank you very much.. I have tried this, but I have a problem that is when I move the top to match it with the side it's matched on the top right but at the bottom it's not and if I try to match the top right it gets unmatched at the bottom left so how I fix this problem if you unduerstood the issue?

  5. Thank you so much! I had great fun following your tutorial and I think I did an alright job for my first attempt! Now I'm inspired to play some more!

  6. Thank you, I got this working on Elements 2018 and am very pleased both with the results and how easy it was to do.

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