Foreshortening is the process of making things look shorter than they actually are. This can be done in a number of ways, including using perspective, perspective distortion, and enlarging or reducing parts of the image.

  • The painting features a lot of foreshortening because the perspective is distorted.

  • The image was foreshortened so that the person looked closer to the camera.

Definition of foreshortening


To render the image of an object such that it appears to be receding in space as it is perceived visually.


To abridge, reduce, contract.


To make shorter.


A technique for creating the appearance that the object of a drawing is extending into space by shortening the lines with which that object is drawn.


A similar contracted appearance in film or photography, etc.

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