# Projective Geometry/Classic/Projective Transformations

This section gives a classical description of projective transformations of the projective line, plane, and 3-space.

A **projective transformation** is a transformation used in projective geometry: it is the composition of a pair of perspective projections. It describes what happens to the perceived positions of observed objects when the point of view of the observer changes. Projective transformations do not preserve sizes or angles but do preserve incidence and cross-ratio: two properties which are important in projective geometry. A projective transformation can also be called a **projectivity**.
Projectivities form a group.^{[1]}

As important special cases, a projective transformation can be in the (real) one-dimensional projective line *RP*^{1}, the two-dimensional projective plane *RP*^{2}, and the three-dimensional projective 3-space *RP*^{3}; see:

- /Transformations of the projective line
- /Transformations of the projective plane
- /Transformations of projective 3-space

## References[edit | edit source]

- ↑ Richard Hartley and Andrew Zisserman (2003).
*Multiple View Geometry in computer vision*. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-54051-8.