Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
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.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
164 Video lessons · 54196 Viewers
64 Video lessons · 86242 Viewers
86 Video lessons · 55681 Viewers
148 Video lessons · 93030 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Your file was successfully uploaded.