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The 3D capabilities in CS4 move Photoshop into a new dimension of image creation. Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins reviews the new 3D panel in Photoshop CS4, and demonstrates how to use 3D files in other applications, such as Bridge and After Effects. Chad reviews the basic 3D workflow, and then explores techniques for using cameras and perspective, creating 3D scenes from photos, working with layers, manipulating 3D objects, and even creating 3D animation. For users who want to go a little deeper, Chad introduces advanced methods for working with materials, rendering, and layers. Photoshop CS4 Extended for 3D adds powerful tools to any designer's creative arsenal. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this chapter, we are going to have just a series of quick creative tips that you can use to kind of add some finishing touches to your 3D objects in Photoshop. In this movie, we are going to look at using layer styles on 3D layers. In this file, we have two 3D objects. The superhero text we are seeing here is just a simple text layer that I converted to a 3D layer by using in the 3D menu, the command the New 3D Postcard from Layer, towards the top here. And then I also have a cube that I've squashed and stretched that is called the Background layer and that's there.
Now if we scroll down here, we'll see the superhero text. It's 3D layer as you can tell by the icon here. Now, what I have done is I have added some outer glow to the text. So there is the text initially and then Outer Glow that I have added with a layer style. You could add layer style as seen here in the FX drop-down to any 3D layers. You can had Drops Shadows to add an additional amount of depth, you could add Outer Glow, Bevel and Emboss, Color Overlays, Gradient Overlays, all of these effects can be added to 3D layers as well. Let's go back up to the Background layer. I'm going to double-click this area here which will also open the Layer Style dialog box and I'm going to apply an Outer Glow to this. Now I have some color adjustment layers that are making everything beneath them, in other words every layer in our document here, kind of have a bluish tint.
So if we click on the words Outer Glow on the left side of the Layer Style dialog box, we'll see the glow is actually yellow but because of the color adjustments going on here, it appears to have a bluish purple tint. So, again moving this out of the way, we can increase the Spread and the Size and create this really awesome, glowing superhero look here and click OK. And as you can see we have this cool Outer Glow now applied to our 3D object. It's totally live, so we can go and select the Rotate 3D Object tool and then we can move this little cube around here, the platform the text sitting on and look at how the glow just automatically updates as I'm moving this around.
It renders really fast. Again with shadows if you move things around, the shadow is going to update automatically. It works great. Sometimes if you are in a hurry and you don't really want to go through the rigmarole of doing the big render with the real shadows and stuff, then you could just use a drop shadow and sometimes that does a really quick great job of filling in. Likewise, the other layer styles can be used as well for just a little finishing touch here and there, to add some extra pizazz and wow to your 3D objects.
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