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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Creating a 3D Bump Map in Photoshop

Create a 3D Bump Map

You might have heard that Photoshop “does 3D” now. Many of us have heard the rumor, but have yet to see it in action. In this free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke provides a demo, performing a task uniquely suited to Photoshop: creating a 3D bump map in Photoshop and applying it to 3D objects. He transforms an image into a repeating tile pattern that can be wrapped (aka mapped) around the body of a rocket ship—a model he created completely from scratch in Photoshop. He shows how to assign the texture to the rocket layer, render the scene to test the map, and resize the pattern to fit the object properly. In the end, you’ll have a realistically textured 3D surface.

By James Fritz | Friday, June 28, 2013

Pixel Playground: Creating a 3D object in Photoshop

This week’s Pixel Playground technique uses Adobe Photoshop 3D features to create a realistic 3D coin.

3D_coin

It is surprisingly simple to use the 3D features of Photoshop to create editable 3D objects that can be used in a variety of ways for your designs. In this week’s video, Bert starts with scans of a coin, and applies them as a texture to a 3D cylinder. To complete its realistic appearance, he creates a pattern for the ridge of the coin that allows you to position the coin at any angle that you may need.

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• Start a 7-day free trial to lynda.com today • See more layers effects in Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects • See the entire Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy Series

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