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July 16, 2014
Perspective Angle Finder 1 - customizable by Amarie-Veneanar An incredibly useful tool for getting all those perspectives right, use it with your favorite digital software, or print it out and use it for your traditional art!
Featured by Elandria
Suggested by DamselStock
Amarie-Veneanar's avatar

Perspective Angle Finder 1 - customizable

I've signed up for Noah Bradley's currently running Art Camp 2. Right now, we're in week 3, dealing with perspective, which includes doing perspective drawings from life. I've found, that I suck at measuring an angle by just holding a pencil and therefore I've decided to create a perspective sheet and release it under a CC license. This is for the fellow Art Campers and anyone else who might find it useful.

So far it's designed for the "international paper" size. Maybe, if you bribe me with cuddly cats, I'll do an updated version, that also includes US letter paper size. The .zip file right now contains the full Photoshop file with all layers, so that you can customize it to your needs and the full version, the reduced version and a third option not shown in the preview image each as a .pdf and a .png file. If you want to resize the grid and want to keep the angles, make sure to keep the proportions when transforming. Otherwise you'll distort the angles. If you want only black lines, there are two groups with the black version of the 15° angles currently hidden.

Personally, as I don't want to become too dependent on this grid, I will still first try to measure the degree of an angle using a pencil as comparison and drawing it on paper by eyeballing it and then check the perceived angle and the one I've drawn using this grid. I hope, this way, after some time and practise I'll get better at measuring the degree of the angles of corners and lines. I've printed both versions shown in the preview on an overhead projector transparency sheet. You can also print it on paper and place it below your sheet of paper.

Have fun and happy practising! :-)
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derNeuling's avatar
I write the comment later,first I have to understand the angelfinder.Thank you .
barrowwraith's avatar
Ah Ha................ the lost art of manual draughting,
            but thanks for this a genuinely useful tool been looking for this sort of thing ...Ta
ratravarman's avatar
Fantastic tool! Thank you! :handshake:
SeireiART's avatar
That one is really useful , love it :love:
Emerald-Wolf13's avatar
Another suggestion for you.  Get the book Technical Drawing (Google "Technical Drawing Spencer Hill" and you'll find it.  It's a drafting book that's been around forever.  It has a very good chapter on perspective and gives moderately clear instructions on how to project vanishing points in a empirical manner. (I will admit though, the 3 point perspective bits are somewhat lacking.)

Perspective is also worlds easier if you can get your hands on a Klok Perspective board.… I drew on one many moons ago.  Having scales that can work with the distorted dimensions is pretty handy.
ChuChu-jellie's avatar
This will be hand a reference
Nyanamo's avatar
Thank you so much! I need this so badly.
Ziggyman's avatar
now this is something than everybody need in the life, perspective.
Thanks for the share.
Genisay's avatar
Something like this would be awesome to have on hand.  My only real problem with this kind of stuff was I never quite managed to wrap my brain around how you use it to construct organic objects.  I just can't visualize them in a set up of lines, even though I know how to make them into shape break downs.
MidevalExponents2sqr's avatar
I'm not even sure how it's supposed to work D:
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Lintu47's avatar
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
smith4891's avatar
This will be very useful for so many people. Thank you for providing this and congratulations on your well deserved DD! :)
gph-artist's avatar
This is a really fantastic tool.  Thanks a million.
Fractaldragon's avatar
Very cool and tremendously useful! And yes, I am hereby bribing you with cuddly cats (you can visit and cuddle with almost any one of my 5 kitties!) to do US letter paper size. :D Congrats on the DD!
Tico-Illustrations's avatar
Yes! This is soo useful! Congrats on a getting a DD!
TheGalleryOfEve's avatar
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
JakobHovmanDK's avatar
Hello Amarie...
Congrats on your DD...!

This is a great Peace...
looking forward...
to check the zip file content...

A good way...
to "check"...
or "Take"...
an angle...
is with Two pencils...!

Or a Compas...

Or Chop Sticks...!

One hand holds the pencils...
and "Takes" the angle:
One leg is horisontal or vertical...
as an airborne guide...
the other leg "aligns" with the angle...

The other hand...
the taken angle...

Greetings for now...Jakob.
MagikGlow's avatar
i dont understand how this can be used lol..
Elandria's avatar
Perspective lines and vanishing points, along with the horizon line are essential when you are creating architectural art, or anything where you want the elements in your art to show perspective.  There are many tutorials on perspective in the resource gallery here:…

Essentially the grid lines in this resource can be laid over (or under) a piece of artwork to provide a visual guide for getting perspective correct :)
DamselStock's avatar

If you are a traditional artist, you do as she suggests. Print it out and place it under your paper, you can then see the lines faintly beneath the paper. If you follow a certain line/plane then your perspective won't be off. If you are a digital artist then open the PNG or PSD and put the perspective lines above your art layer and draw beneath them. If you do not know what perspective is, I highly recommend you read this to get you started. You really need to have things in perspective to be pleasing to the eye. It does not look good to have buildings out of alignment due to your perspective being off.
gdpr-29948763's avatar
I think it will help many artists and architects here, it's very good for those who want to learn perspective. :nod: 
Clover0Project's avatar
wow such a little comments for a DD.
it's great, thanks! and congrats for the DD.
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