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Not Just for the Faint of 'Art': Learning 3D Basics in Photoshop CS4

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Andrew Faulkner, part of the Adobe Creative Team that produced Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book, presents this tutorial on how to use the 3D capabilities of Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.

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Creating a 3D shape from a Layer

Creating a 3D shape from a Layer

Photoshop includes several 3D shape presets, representing geometric shapes and the shapes of everyday objects, such as a wine bottle or ring. When you create a 3D shape from a layer, Photoshop wraps the layer onto the 3D object preset. You can then rotate, reposition, and resize the 3D object—you can even light it from various angles with a number of colored lights.

You'll start by creating a 3D hat, using the layer that contains the image of a brick wall.

  1. Open the 12Start.psd thumbnail in Photoshop. The 12Start.psd file contains several layers with the contents of the final CD cover: type, music notes, sky, and a brick wall texture (see Figure 2).
  2. Choose Window > Workspace > Advanced 3D to display the 3D and Layers panels, which you'll use in this lesson (see Figure 3).
  3. Select the Brick layer, and then choose 3D > New Shape From Layer > Hat. Photoshop creates a 3D object, wrapping the two-dimensional image of bricks around the shape of a hat (see Figure 4).
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