A while ago, I have published a post on creative watermarking that was immensely popular ever since. This post shows you how to integrate your signature (or a watermark) into your photos as if they were actually a part of the original scene. We used transparent text and the distort tool to manually fit the text into the natural perspective of the image.
In the video below, Aaron Nace from Phlearn.com does something similar, but he explains an updated version of the process by using the Vanishing Point filter in Photoshop. This filter makes it very easy to place any text (or other content onto the image and have Photoshop fit it automatically into the perspective of the image.
What are the main steps of this technique?
Aaron uses the Vanishing Point filter to fit the text into the scene. This filter lets you define a plane (the blue grid you see on the building), and that plane will transforms everything you drag onto it (Aaron drags a copied version of the text onto the plane) accordingly. This is very easy and quick compared to the manual process using manually created guides and the distort tool as I have done here.
He resizes the text once it’s on the Vanishing Point plane to fit all of it into the area that was designated to hold the text in the image. The perspective is perfectly preserved throughout this operation.
Then he uses layer styles to make the text look as if it belongs there by adding a bevel (giving it a 3D appearance), an inner shadow to match the direction of the sun, and an overlay color to match the general coloring of the building.
Aaron blurs the text slightly. This is important whenever you are creating a composite such as this because, here, the text appears to be too sharp in comparison to the underlying image. So, it looks as if it was added and not as if it was part of the scene. Finally, he adds some traces of wear and decay to make the text look weathered. To do so, he copies the text layer and applies some Gaussian Blur to it. Then he blends this blurred version of the text into the image under the actual text to make it look like water has slowly washed off parts of the paint.
The end result looks remarkably realistic. If you ever feel like getting creative on one of your own images, this would surely be a technique worth practicing.
[The video and the images featured in this post is copyrighted by Phlearn.com. All images are screen captures from the actual video.]