Photoshop Tutorials

Going Beyond Extended 3D

This is a great tutorial to get you into the 3D feature of Photoshop CS4. Download the support files and get to it! This tutorial includes elements from the Drips and Spray Paint Pack, Watercolors Pack and Arrows Pack.

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Step 1

Since we are going to be using the new 3D feature inside Photoshop CS4, you must have CS4 installed. If you do not have it you can download the 30 day trial at Open up Photoshop CS4 Extended and create a new project with the following settings.

Step 2

We are going to use a render that we previously created in our tutorial 3D Abstract. Check out that tutorial if you would like to learn how to create a render from scratch. In Photoshop CS4 in the File menu go to 3D > New Layer from 3D file. Open the file FinalRender.3DS from the support files for this tutorial. It should look something like this:

Step 3

Now go to 3D > Render Settings. In the preset drop down choose Line Illustration. Set the Crease Threshold to 100 with a Line Width of 1. Click OK. The render should now be mostly black with some line separation.

Step 4

Click on the 3D Rotate Tool and drag the render around until you get the style that you like.


Step 5

Duplicate your render by going to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Name this Layer Render – Faded. (Make sure this duplicated layer is underneath your orgiignal Render Layer) Set the Opacity of the layer down to 36%. Now using the 3D Rotate Tool move around the duplicated layer to your taste. You can also play around with the other 3D positioning tools.

Step 6

Create a new layer underneath your two Renders. Choose the Gradient tool and fill the layer with a Black to White Linear Gradient. Name this Layer Main Background and drop the Opacity down to 24%.

Step 7

Double click on your Main Render layer to open the Layer Styles. Check the Stroke to enable it and add a 13px white stroke with positioning set to outside.

Step 8

Open up and copy and paste it into your image (Make sure it is big enough to fit in your image) Paste it as Pixels. Invert the layer by pressing CTRL+I or going to Image > Adjustments > Invert. Add some text to your layer. Then move it and rotate it into place. You should have something that looks like this:

Step 9

Open Drips&SprayPaint_1044.jpg. This image is taken from our Drips and Spray paint Pack. Copy and paste the spray paint image into your image.. Place the spray paint layer underneath your main Render layer. Set the Opacity to Linear Burn.

Step 10

Open up WaterColorsV1_1019.jpg and copy and paste it into your Photoshop project. Put this layer above all the other layers and set the Layer Style to Exclusion. Now on the Adjustments panel click on the Hue and Saturation button to create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Make sure you check the Colorize checkbox and follow the settings below:

Step 11

For the final step I added some color to the render. This is the final result. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

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