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Goodbye Repoussé: The new 3D workflow

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Video: Goodbye Repoussé: The new 3D workflow

In this video, I want to show you the new workflow for 3D objects in Photoshop CS6 Standard. And Adobe seems to have rewritten the whole 3D stuff completely. So, it's my impression because now it's really fun to use those 3D functions in Photoshop. And you find everything much easier, and everything is a little bit snappier. And you can use it in a more intuitive fashion. So, the most apparent change is that you don't have a Repossue dialog anymore.

Goodbye Repoussé: The new 3D workflow

In this video, I want to show you the new workflow for 3D objects in Photoshop CS6 Standard. And Adobe seems to have rewritten the whole 3D stuff completely. So, it's my impression because now it's really fun to use those 3D functions in Photoshop. And you find everything much easier, and everything is a little bit snappier. And you can use it in a more intuitive fashion. So, the most apparent change is that you don't have a Repossue dialog anymore.

So, in order to extrude an object or to create a 3D object, you don't have to enter some dialog in the 3D menu. But you do it by clicking in context of the shape you want to extrude. First, we need something to extrude. And you can extrude a path, you can extrude a selection, a Pixel layer, but the past thing to choose is the Shape layer. And you find them here, the Shape tools, and let us just select the Custom Shape tool, and then a Shape Preset in this drop down field here.

If you don't have all the symbols you see here on my screen, just click on this little key symbol. And choose All, and then you have the animals and all the little leafs here. We will now take the dog. So click on the dog, hold down Shift and drag on the canvas, and so you can straighten it's proportions. And change to the Move tool by hitting the letter V and move it slightly up. And I think the dark is too dark. So, let's change its fill after clicking on the Shape tool again to a medium gray.

So, and now we can begin to extrude. You can do that by choosing the menu up above. After leaving this dialog, so click on the layer or somewhere elsel and then go to 3D > New 3D Extrusion From Selected Layer. You find the same here in the Layers panel by right-clicking, going down, and New 3D Extrusion From Selected Layer. So, I clicked on it and Photoshop recognizes. I want to create a 3D layer. Yes. And asks me if I would like to switch to the 3D workspace.

And indeed, that is a good idea because there you find everything you need for manipulating the 3D objects. So, I click on Yes. And you see in the upper right, we are now in the 3D workspace with a Properties panel on top and the 3D layer beneath it. And you find everything in the Properties panel about the objects you selected either here in the 3D panel, or by clicking in an object here in the scene view. So, you can select the shape, and here you have all shape attributes.

You can select the environment, and you find everything that has to do with global and image based lighting and so on. But you can also click here, at the dog, at the background, and so on. I'll explain that to you later in more detail. For now, let's rotate this dog a little bit. And you see, oh, the extrusion is quite deep. So, let's bring it back. And that's fun because everything is live, you just have to click on the dog. You see here, Extrusion Depth, and reduce the extrusion to an amount that is appropriate for such a dog.

So now, you can click on several options here. You can, for instance, inflate the surface of the dog and make it a little bit rounder. And if you decrease the extrusion and increase the inflation, and then you get almost a real dog, so you can try that. But another thing I want to show you here about improvements compare to Photoshop CS5 is Text Extrusion. So, let me change back to the Layers panel, and to delete the dark and choose the Text tool.

And now we just write something here in the canvas. But first, let's choose another color. Let's take something bluish. I think that's a nice color. So, now I'm back to the Text tool I click, and what shall we write? Just let us take some letters that are very complicated, at least from the viewpoint of an extrusion program. Letters like A, D, R, Q, O, P, which have in a constrains.

So basically, they have some holes in them and that is always a little complicated for extrusions. But in Photoshop CS6, this has been improved so you don't have to worry that a text is wrongly extruded and misses some holes and openings. That really works good now. So, let's transform the font a little bit bigger, by hitting Cmd + T, and by Shift-Dragging a corner point. So, and now we can extrude, and you see we still have the Text tool active. I click on 3D in the Options panel, and there we have our text.

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Photoshop CS6 New Features Overview

39 video lessons · 1314 viewers

Tim Grey and Olaf Giermann
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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 24m 48s
    1. Interface update
      1m 41s
    2. Panel updates
      4m 0s
    3. File compatibility preferences
      1m 57s
    4. PDF presentation
      4m 2s
    5. Contact sheets
      4m 24s
    6. Tool recording in actions
      3m 34s
    7. Print dialog updates
      5m 10s
  3. 9m 10s
    1. Adobe Camera Raw updates
      5m 27s
    2. Auto Brightness/Contrast adjustments
      1m 36s
    3. The new Auto option for Curves and Levels
      2m 7s
  4. 28m 6s
    1. Crop tool overhaul
      6m 41s
    2. The Perspective Crop tool
      3m 5s
    3. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 31s
    4. Patch tool updates
      4m 45s
    5. The Content-Aware Move tool
      5m 45s
    6. The Detect Faces option
      2m 19s
  5. 18m 44s
    1. The Oil Paint filter
      2m 51s
    2. Airbrush tips
      2m 24s
    3. Erodible brush tips
      2m 28s
    4. The Field Blur filter
      3m 51s
    5. The Iris Blur filter
      3m 25s
    6. The Tilt-Shift filter
      3m 45s
  6. 7m 29s
    1. Paragraph and character styles
      4m 50s
    2. Vector layers
      2m 39s
  7. 22m 16s
    1. The Timeline panel
      2m 35s
    2. Video groups and arranging clips
      1m 55s
    3. Trimming and splitting clips and adding transitions
      4m 25s
    4. Creating a transformation with layers
      2m 45s
    5. Adding and animating pictures
      2m 48s
    6. Applying adjustments and filters to frames or whole videos
      4m 24s
    7. Exporting video
      3m 24s
  8. 43m 16s
    1. Goodbye Repoussé: The new 3D workflow
      5m 12s
    2. Improved viewport navigation
      4m 55s
    3. Splitting, rotating, and aligning extrusions
      7m 43s
    4. 3D materials and rendering
      5m 45s
    5. Advanced 3D features
      8m 24s
    6. Live extrusions and shadows and reflections in the viewport
      5m 9s
    7. Painting on target textures
      6m 8s

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