How to Apply a Perspective Warp in Adobe Photoshop

In Brief...

In cases where the subject of an image is large, such as a building, a foreshortening distortion can occur because of photographer's angle in relation to the building. The Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop allows you to straighten the image to reduce some of the distortion.

This feature was added in Adobe Photoshop CC 2014


This image was shot from ground level. The following steps show how to make it appear as if the image was taken from a more level angle.
Bell Tower Image

  1. Go to Edit > Perspective Warp.
    Perspective Warp in Edit Menu

  2. You may see a pop-up message with tips for using the filter. Read it and click the close button.
    Tip Message

  3. Click anywhere in the image to create a perspective grid plane.
    Image with Grid Plane

  4. Click and drag at each of the corners of the grid plane to line them up with the apparent corners of one face of the building.
    Right Grid Plane Aligned on Bell Tower Image

  5. Click on the image again to create a second perspective grid plane. If you see a pop-up tip message, read it and click the close button.
    Image with Second Plane

  6. Click on a corner of the second grid plane that will connect to the first plane and drag until blue lines appear along the connecting edges of the planes. The blue highlight indicates that edges have been detected that can be joined. If the highlight is yellow or red, the planes aren't connecting and you need to adjust the connecting corner position.
    Image with Highlight on Connecting Planes

  7. Drag each of the remaining grid plane corners to align with the apparent corners on the adjoining face of the building.
    Image with Connecting Planes

  8. In the Options Bar, click the Warp button. If you see a pop-up tip message, read and close it.
    Warp Button

  9. Click and drag on the top outer corners of each grid plane until the vertical lines in the image appear to be truly vertical.
    Straightened Image

  10. Click the Commit button in the Options Bar to finalize the warp.
    Commit Button in Options Bar

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical, and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her class. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint to produce a fully-developed and cohesive brand identity.