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Creating a 3D coin

From: Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

Video: Creating a 3D coin

Today we're going to create a three dimensional coin. And we're going to go ahead and fill it with that foreground color.

Creating a 3D coin

Today we're going to create a three dimensional coin. Three dimensional so that you can twirl it around, see it from any angle, and do anything you want to it because it is a 3D object. And what the coin is going to be a quarter, like the one we see on the screen. And I started out by taking two quarters and scanning them on the flatbed scanner. We see the result on the screen right there, the head and the tail. Using the Elliptical Marquee tool, I went in there and selected each one of them and sent to their own individual files. Here it is in its own layer, with no background, and then here with the tail.

Which I also did a rotate 180 on it so that it would be upside down like a real quarter. The two sides are opposite each other. So that was my start. Let's go back here and let's start to create our coin. I'm going to deselect that selection there. And I'm going to pick a gray right from the quarter itself. Like right there. Just midtone right in there, which became my foreground color. And I'm going to create a new layer, a new layer right here, which we're going to call Coin. And we're going to go ahead and fill it with that foreground color.

Foreground color, OK, there it is. So we have this gray fill. So, what I'm going to do now is go up to my 3D menu and choose, New Mesh From Layer > Mesh Presets > Cylinder. These are some preset shapes that you can quickly make from a simple layer. I'm going to say Cylinder. And it's going to create this cylinder. Now, you'll notice that this little window came up, says you are about to create a 3D layer which would you like to switch to a 3D workspace? You can say don't show again.

But by saying Yes, you'll notice that none of my panels reflect 3D objects, so I'm going to say Yes. And it automatically reconfigure my panels to give me my 3D properties and 3D lay panel. So here we see that it's created this little cylinder. And I can select that cylinder and move it. See, its got a top and a bottom. And there it is in place, right? Now, when I select it, you notice it has all these little this little gizmo here that just showed up. I can twirl it, and you can see that this little object. What it does is that it reflects all three sides, the three axes, the up, down, and the in and out, there.

So there are these other little symbols on the device. And these control various parts of our object. Like for instance, this one will move it up and down in space. This one will rotate it. And this one will shrink this particular axis. So I'm going to grab that one and shrink it down so that our cylinder is now this little narrow cylinder, like that. So it starts to look more like the coin that we want. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to drag it down so it's straight on like that. And then this bottom box, way down there, the one that's joining the three axes, that controls the overall size of all axes.

So if I go in there and start making this larger, I'm going to enlarge my, my little coins so it's about the size of the existing quarters in the scene. And I'm going to move it down just to right, right about there. That looks good. So now, now we have our little coin. You'll notice in the 3D layer here that the cylinder is made up of three things. The cylinder material, that's the side which right now we're not seeing, the top, which is what we are looking at, and the bottom. So what I'm going to do now is to give them what is called a texture map. And I'll go to the top, top material. You notice, when I clicked on it, the properties change to reflect that particular part of the object.

So I'm going to go over here to the use a little preset materials. And I've got it set up right now for small list. So I can quickly find the one I'm looking for, which is this one right here, no texture. I'm going to click on that. So it's got no texture right now so I can come over now to this diffuse feature right here and click on the folder and say Load Texture. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my face, or the head. There's the head. Open. And now you see that my coin now has the face.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to rotate it to the other side. And I'm going to select the bottom material. Choose that same no texture. And go in there and say, load texture, and take the tail. Open. And there we see that now we have the two sides to our coin. We have the heads and a tail. Now, the sides of the coin, well that's a whole nother story. because of the fact that a real quarter has these little ribs in there. So, what we're going to do now is to create those little ribs. So, here in background layer, I'm going to get a little closer.

So, we can see what's going to happen next. I'm going to select a tall rectangle. Just like that, a nice thin little line. And I'm going to go ahead and fill that line with a black. There it is. I'm going to just deselect it and give it a little filter. Select it and just give it a little bit of a blur, gaussian blur and that's good. Just enough to add a little gray in between there. So now, what I'm going to do. And let's get in real close to see this. I'm going to get in and select a little portion of it, just like that. Right, see? So I have, like, what looks like two pixels of white.

And then the pixels that make up that thing. And now that I have that little tiny section selected, I'm going to go in here and say. Define Pattern, and we'll call it rib, okay. Now, pulling back I'm going to create a new file and that's a good size, good size as any. And I'm going to go in there and fill this. I'm going to say Fill, I'm going to use a pattern, 100% normal and I'm going to choose that pattern we just created right there. Click, and there it is.

I'm now going to take this file and save it. Save As and we're going to call it ribbing, okay. I'm not sure that's what you call those things but we're going to call them ribs. Save. Now we can close it. We don't need it anymore, it's gone. So now back over here. I'm going to deselect this, and let's, at this point, let's pull back and let's make our quarter layered, just let's fill it with we'll fill it with black. So, now we can really start to see our quarter. Now, don't worry about this stair stepping that we see there.

We'll see how we fix that later. So, now I'm going to go to my 3D object. I'm going to click on the coin so I have it selected. And go back to my 3D panel, and there we see the cylinder material, that's this side here. Now, we're not going to give that a material like we did before, what we're going to do is go down to Bump. See? Bump, and here is where I'm going to say Load Texture. And, in that texture, we're going to take the ribbing file and say Open. And there's the little ribbing that appear.

We can increase the size of those bumps and so on but there's the little bumps that go on our quarter. So now that we have our little quarter in place let's pull back a little and look at it and we see that this little quarter here can be rotated from all different sides and lit however you want to do it. And do anything you need to it because we have a three dimensional coin that we can now manipulate. It's that easy. 3D feature, opens up a whole new world that wasn't in Photoshop before.

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  1. 14m 21s
    1. Making a New Year's 2015 card NEW
      14m 21s
  2. 11h 20m
    1. Creating animated snowfall with Photoshop
      6m 39s
    2. Filling an empty glass with liquid
      2m 51s
    3. Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object
      6m 53s
    4. Creating a 3D coin
      7m 13s
    5. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    6. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    7. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    8. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
    9. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    10. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    11. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    12. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    13. Creating a flower tattoo
      7m 9s
    14. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    15. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    16. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
      6m 46s
    17. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
      6m 2s
    18. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    19. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    20. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    21. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
    22. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    23. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    24. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
    25. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
    26. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    27. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    28. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
    29. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    30. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    31. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    32. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    33. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
      7m 52s
    34. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    35. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    36. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    37. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
    38. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    39. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    40. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    41. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
    42. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    43. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    44. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    45. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
    46. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    47. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    48. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    49. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    50. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
    51. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    52. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    53. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    54. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
    55. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    56. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    57. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
    58. Increasing precipitation: How to make a rainy-day photo look rainier
      9m 34s
    59. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    60. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    61. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    62. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
    63. Making a desk nameplate
      12m 6s
    64. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s
    65. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
      9m 9s
    66. Creating a distressed windowsill from scratch
      15m 42s
    67. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Building the star field
      9m 23s
    68. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Adding color and effects
      10m 19s
    69. Creating a campfire scene: Adding the campfire
      12m 34s
    70. Creating a campfire scene: Adding trees and lighting
      8m 3s
    71. Creating a superhero type treatment
      7m 6s
    72. Three Dimensional type with extruded neon: Making the letter forms
      12m 29s
    73. 3D type with extruded neon: Adding the neon
      11m 48s
    74. Creating a Thanksgiving card
      9m 4s
    75. Mapping video onto a 3D object in Photoshop
      5m 50s
    76. Creating a wintery scene
      7m 36s

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