How To: Photoshop Perspective Warp Tool Demonstrated Using Optimus Prime

The introduction of the new Perspective Warp tool (among other things) for Photoshop CC was met with a good deal of excitement by photographers. But if you haven’t had a chance to play with it yourself, or you’re still unsure exactly how it works from the intro video, the demo above should give you a much better idea of how to put the tool to use.

The short how-to was put together by Adobe technical evangelist Andrew Trice. In it, he uses the Adobe offices in San Francisco to show you how Perspective Warp can change the perceived vantage point that an image was taken from, and then he puts the Optimus Prime truck to work showing you how to use the tool to more easily composite two images with different vanishing points.


In essence, it’s a basic tutorial that will help familiarize you with how exactly Perspective Warp works, but Trice does go a bit further by including a couple of tips and tricks, like how to lock lines in horizontal or vertical orientation to make adjustments that much easier.

Check out the video up top to see it all for yourself, and if you want a more detailed breakdown or before and after examples, head over to Trice’s website by clicking here.

(via John Nack on Adobe)

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    I know it is just a demo video, but at the end, the truck stood out like a sore thumb due to the differences in contrast between it and the image.

  • Matt Boggs

    It was also driving on the railing. It was driving my OCD NUTS!

  • Zos Xavius

    Meh. I’ll stick with CS5 for now.

  • Alan Klughammer

    All the demos I have seen so far give an “almost good” transformation. The final images all look just a bit wrong. Maybe if you spent a lot more time it would look better, but I don’t see this as the next sliced bread…

  • markz

    I could see my self using this in it’s more exaggerated for art comps in my various “buildings of the mind” projects but in both examples the perspective shift left enough discordant perspective shift to be a “brain itch”

  • Zos Xavius

    that’s because the perspective is being distorted away from reality. this might be useful to warp composites, but other than that I can’t see the point. you can already tilt and shift in lightroom, so my needs are thoroughly covered.

  • Peter Acker

    All I kept thinking was “What’s ‘Puppet Warp’?”

  • Guest

    In the hands of a capable artist, this will be a useful tool for comps.

  • superduckz

    I think future PS users will be abusing the hell out of this… and in my mind 99.5% will be for the worse… shrug..

  • Mark Wheadon

    Things like shadows aren’t right for example as you’re not really changing the object’s relation to the sun. As with all these adjustments it’s superb for small subtle adjustments, or less subtle ‘arty’ tweaks.


    It is another tool, some will use others will abuse and to some it will simply amuse. It’s art folks and that means there are certain views that a tract the attention or admiration of others.

    It is one thing to be cortical as long as you realize that is your critique and not the meaning of the masses. This is a real issue when someone like me who does not desire abstract art in my eyesight. Even though this is true I do not slam the artist, I just look to what appeals to me most.

    This is a tool that can help the point come across to some better than an untouched photograph (if such still exists).


    Hey that kind of driving is an art. Yes that is an issue and tweaking a bit more could have reduced that, again one tool used and another not.