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Essential Compositing Tips & Techniques In Photoshop 2021

Lesson 2 of 13

The Importance Perspective


Essential Compositing Tips & Techniques In Photoshop 2021

Lesson 2 of 13

The Importance Perspective


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The Importance Perspective

in this video, we're going to talk about perspective. I think that perspective is the most important principle that you can learn to create amazing composites. You can get almost everything else right. But if you get perspective wrong, you're composites will not look realistic in this video. I'm going to show you what perspective is and how you can use it to your advantage when creating your composites to make things look more realistic. So we're gonna work with this background element. It's a graphic that's showing us a ground plane and a sky, and that is very important in every composite. You have to determine where you're subject to standing and where that ground plane meets the sky. And if you're someone who has studied painting or drawing, then you're probably familiar with linear perspective, which helps you create the illusion of depth in a two D plane. You probably have heard that you can find the perspective of an image by following the parallel converging lines. Those paralle...

l converging lines will meet out of Vanishing Point, which will sit on the horizon line, and it is very important to know where the horizon line is in your composites. Another way of finding the horizon line is by determining where the ground plane meets the sky. That meeting point will be where the Horizon line is. Another thing that you probably have heard is that the horizon line is at the eye level, and that is technically true. That is the eye level. But we're talking about the eye level of the camera when the photo shot or the eye level that you create in your composite and let me show you how this works. By using these examples, I'll open up this diagrams group, and first of all, you can see the Horizon line is right here now in blue. And if I enable this one point perspective group, you can see that I have these cubes and they are in perspective. It looks like they're actually sitting on this Grambling, and the reason that that's happening is because they match the perspective of the background. If you follow the parallel converging lines, you will notice that they will end up at a vanishing point on the horizon line. This is a one point perspective. All the lines in the scene end up on that one point if I bring in another cube, this one here, and let me the stable the other layers so that we can see it better. You can see that I can places anywhere on my image, right? But if I place it somewhere else that it's not in perspective, the Cube will not look like a sitting on that ground plane. If we follow the parallel converging lines on the cube weaken, see where this cubes horizon line is. If we match it to the composite, then the Cube will look like it's actually sitting on this ground plane, and we can move the cube anywhere horizontally, and the cube looks like a sitting on this ground plane. But again, if we move it too much further down or too much further up, then it will not look like the Cuba sitting on that ground plane. So that is very, very important when compositing Also, here's a trick for you. If you have your cube or whatever, your object is in perspective and you want to scale that object. You can press control T on Windows Command T on the Mac to enable the transformation mode, make sure that you click on this icon toe enable your reference point, also known as the pivot point, and you can click and drag that anywhere on the horizon line. And once it's in the horizon line, you can hold Altan Windows option on the Mac and click and drag on a corner handle to scale from the horizon line and in turn, that will scale your object in perspective. See that? See how it looks like it's receding away into the image and then coming up close to us. This is happening because the Cube is in perspective, and again I could move it horizontally and do the same thing. And it looks like it's still sitting on that ground plane because we have the right perspective. And even if you have a cube with a different rotation in size, as long as the parallel converging lines meet at the horizon line, your cube will be in perspective and it will look like a sitting on this grumbling. So that is just a quick run down of what perspective is when it comes to compositing. Before we move forward, I would like to point out that we have more than one point perspective We also have two point perspective, and this simply means that there are two vanishing points that end up on the horizon line. And an example of this is when you take a photo at the corner of a street. Maybe this is a building and you have the two streets here meeting in the center, so that would be an example of two point perspective. And we also have three point perspective where we have to vanishing points on the horizon line in one outside of the horizon line. Let me disable this horizon line because now the horizon line is down here at the bottom. You can see that better. An example of a three point perspective in a photo would be a photograph of a building that you're shooting from the street and you're looking up. You will have to vanishing points where the ground plane meets the sky and you will have a third vanishing point in the sky. Let me flip this group vertically and show you the opposite of this. This is the opposite. We are looking down on the building, and we have our vanishing points on top, still on the horizon line so you could imagine that you're doing a composite with an aerial photography photo and you just have the buildings below you. But the horizon line will still be where the ground plane meets the sky.

Class Description


  • Easily color match images.
  • Use perspective to make images fit their background.
  • Use familiar tools in unconventional ways to help you create better composites.
  • Realistically combine images from multiple sources into one single image.


Join Jesús Ramirez, the expert instructor from the very popular Photoshop Training Channel (PTC) on YouTube, as he teaches you the concepts for creating realistic composites in Adobe Photoshop 2021.

Composites are more than just merging images together. To make a realistic composite, one needs to consider light sources and perspective. By using Photoshop 2021 you can create worlds and scenes with your photography that would take extreme budgets to capture in camera.


  • Beginner photographers who want to learn how to combine two or more images together.
  • Beginner designers who are replacing backgrounds from photos to fit their designs.


Adobe Photoshop 2021 (ver 22.0)


Jesús Ramirez is a digital graphics expert, speaker, and educator specializing in Adobe Photoshop. With over 15 years of professional design experience, he has worked with clients such as Adobe, Microsoft, Motorola, and Conde Nast. Jesús is best known as the founder of the Photoshop Training Channel (PTC), one of the most popular Photoshop YouTube channels in the world with over one million subscribers.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. The Importance Perspective

    Learn what linear perspective is and why it is important for compositing.

  3. Examples of Perspective in Compositing

    Examples that show how perspective works in compositing.

  4. Creating Depth with Atmospheric Perspective

    Learn to use Photoshop adjustment layers and layers styles to apply atmospheric perspective and create depth in composites.

  5. Matching Brightness in a Composite

    Learn to match the brightness of multiple photos to create one cohesive image.

  6. Matching Saturation in a Composite

    Learn to create Saturation Maps to match the saturation of a composite.

  7. Matching Ambient Color in a Composite

    Learn two techniques to match the ambient color of two images.

  8. Making Selections and Masks for Better Composites

    Understand the select and Mask workspace.

  9. Masking Hair From Difficult Backgrounds

    Instead of masking, paint-in difficult to select hair!

  10. Compositing with Blending Modes

    Use Blending Modes to quickly combine images together.

  11. Creating Custom Brushes

    Use custom Photoshop Brushes to add details to your composites or create better Layer Masks.

  12. Bringing It All Together - Compositing Project

    Composite showing many of the principles and techniques learned in this video.

  13. Final Thoughts



Smart, friendly, easy to see and understand. Tell 'em what you are going to see/do, Show 'em, tell 'em what was done - Perfect training! Muy Bien !

Madelaine Enochs

This is a great course. Jesus is clear, concise and gets a lot of very useful information into short videos. Well done.

a Creativelive Student

A lot of great information that he went over clearly and thoroughly. Highly recommend for anyone looking to up the realism of their composites.