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Learning Adobe Photoshop CS4

By Greg Bowden

Chapter 10

Creating 3D Shapes

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Creating 3D Shapes

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Photoshop CS4 Extended provides extensive tools to create and edit 3D shapes. This chapter will introduce a few of these tools. If you are not using the extended version of Photoshop CS4, you will need to skip this chapter.

Starting a New Document
1 Load Photoshop or close the current file then display the FILE menu and select NEW.

2 Set the WIDTH to 800 pixels, the HEIGHT to 600 pixels and the BACKGROUND COLOUR to WHITE.

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Select OK to start the document.

Creating Shapes
A Setting the Layer
3D shapes are created from layers so you need to setup the layer first.

1 Expand the LAYERS panel and create a NEW LAYER.

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2 Set the FOREGROUND COLOUR to a colour (for example, brown) and select the PAINT BUCKET TOOL from the TOOLS panel (it is within the GRADIENT TOOL) 3 Click on the canvas to fill it with the selected colour.

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Converting the Layer to a 3D Shape
Display the 3D menu, highlight NEW SHAPE FROM LAYER and select the SODA CAN. 2 The layer is converted into a can with the layer colour forming the lower part of the can.

3 Select the 3D ROTATE TOOL from the TOOLS panel and drag the can to rotate it.

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Press STEP BACKWARDS (CTRL+ALT+Z or OPTION+COMMAND+Z) until the filled layer is returned to the screen. Display the 3D menu, highlight NEW SHAPE FROM LAYER and select a different shape, such as HAT.

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6 Use the 3D ROTATE TOOL to rotate the shape.

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Press STEP BACKWARDS (CTRL+ALT+Z or OPTION+COMMAND+Z) until the filled layer is returned to the screen and try some of the other shapes.

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Shapes such as the soda can and the hat can be created then used in other images.

Adding Text to 3D Shapes
You can include text in a 3D Shape. To illustrate this a label will be added to a wine bottle. 1 Press STEP BACKWARDS (CTRL+ALT+Z or OPTION+COMMAND+Z) until the filled layer is returned to the screen. 2 Select the HORIZONTAL TEXT TOOL and set its STYLE to BOLD, its SIZE to 72 pt and COLOUR to WHITE.

3 Click near the left centre of the canvas and enter: MacRed’s Fine Wine
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4 Select the MOVE TOOL and move the text to the centre of the canvas.

5 In the LAYERS panel SHIFT+CLICK on the LAYER 1 layer so that both it and the text layer are selected.

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Display the 3D menu, highlight NEW SHAPE FROM LAYER and select WINE BOTTLE.

7 Use the 3D ROTATE TOOL to rotate the wine bottle. The layer colour is the label colour and the text is part of the shape.

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Save the wine bottle if you wish.

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Adding Photos to 3D Shapes
You can add whole images to shapes. For example, you could design a cover for a can then add that design to the SODA CAN shape. 1 2 3 Close the current file, select OPEN from the FILE menu, access the CHAPTER 10 folder of the PScs4 SUPPORT FILES and open the VENICE file. Set the view to FIT ON SCREEN (CTRL+0 or COMMAND+0). Display the 3D menu, highlight NEW SHAPE FROM LAYER and select the SODA CAN shape.

4 The photo fills the lower part of the can. Use the 3D ROTATE TOOL to rotate it.

Creating a 3D Shape
The 3D tools can be used to create 3D designs. Let’s use them to create a billiard ball.

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Setting the Background
Close the WINE BOTTLE file then display the FILE menu and select NEW.

A gradient filled background will be created to set a lighting effect for the billiard ball.

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2 Set the WIDTH to 800 pixels, the HEIGHT to 600 pixel, the BACKGROUND COLOUR to WHITE and select OK.

3 Select the GRADIENT TOOL and set the FOREGROUND colour to a light GREY-YELLOW and the BACKGROUND colour to a dark GREYYELLOW.

4 In the OPTIONS BAR set the GRADIENT box to FOREGROUND TO BACKGROUND and the GRADIENT TYPE to LINEAR.

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5 Drag a diagonal line across the canvas and the colour should fade from light to dark.

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Creating the Layer

The billiard ball will be created in a separate layer. We will create a dark green ball rather than black so that you can see the sphere shape a little more clearly. 1 Create a new layer in the LAYERS panel and call it: Ball

2 Set the FOREGROUND COLOUR to DARK GREEN then select the PAINT BUCKET TOOL and click on the canvas to fill it.

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