• jan@cosmigo.com

Perspective guides?


#1

If you’re not familiar with what a perspective guide is, it’s a little like this:

The lines serve as guides to aligning/arranging objects in 3D space (or a projection thereof) in art. Is there anything that offers similar functionality in Pro Motion NG (outside of using the layer FX to display a separate project in which you’ve hand-drawn the perspective guidelines?)


#2

Well, there is no function specifically designed for this, but…

You can draw symmetric lines starting from a center with the symmetry tool.
Something that could work:

  1. create a large canvas that can hold the center point and where the half of the image is the maximum distance for the image where you want to use the grid. I use 1000x1000 in this example.

  2. Select line tool.

  3. In the Tool & Paint Settings window go to tab “Symmetry”.

  4. In the edit fields enter the center points of your image (=half with and half size of the image) and select the other options as follows:
    image
    Dots = Number of lines in your case

  5. Activate Symmetry Drawing in the Tool Box:
    image

  6. Place the brush an the center point (500x500 in my sample) and draw a line horizontally to the left leaving the canvas.
    Now you have “perspective lines”.

  7. Pick the image as a brush (menu Brush/Grab Frame as Brush).
    Maybe use menu Brush/Make single Color to make this image brush being a single colored brush that changes the color when you pick one from the color palette.

  8. Now go to the project where you want the grids. Add a single image layer, select your colors and place the brush where you need it.

To better go off the canvas you can use different brush grip positions (menu Brush/Grip) and small zoom levels.
Involves a couple of steps, but could be better than hand draw every line.
Also you can save such images as templates for later use.


(not the sample I described. Less lines and not drawn horizontally.)


#3

I like @EvanMWalter’s idea. I’ve seen similar prospective guide in Manga Studio and they are quite cool (and well implemented). Here’s a video of how Manga Studio implements them:

I also think that the whole purpose of these guide would be to be able to readjust them via draggable handles, save presets, etc. Also, instead of being in pixel-art styled lines (i.e. with grainy square when zoomed) they should be “vector style” lines, a sort of GUI overlay that is not part of the actual image and that remains in thin lines regardless of the zoom level.

Indeed, for those who wish to draw 3D pixel art this would be a great feature.


#4

My post was only meant to be a workaround for a (yet) not existing feature. One day it might find the way into PM. I also want to redo the current grid system and maybe this can be combined then.