Course info
Aug 17, 2016
2h 16m

Adobe's primary pixel pusher, Photoshop, is well known for image manipulation, but most artists skip over its 3D capabilities. In this course, Understanding 3D in Photoshop, you will learn just how powerful, useful, and easy the 3D tools in Photoshop really are. You'll start with an exploration of the 3D interface in Photoshop along with a review of some of the terms and concepts unique to working in 3D. Next, you'll see how Photoshop uses extrusions to create 3D text elements, as well as how to import 3D elements into Photoshop for editing. Finally, you'll get an introduction to Fuse, which makes modeling a human easy before seeing how to finalize the scene by rendering it out. After completing this course, you'll be ready to tackle 3D projects using Adobe Photoshop.

About the author
About the author

Kirk is a professional graphics with almost 20 years of experience, and an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop. His work has been published over 400 times in internationally acclaimed publications. Kirk has experience with a broad range of subjects in design. Kirk is just your friendly neighborhood Graphics Geek!

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, everybody. My name is Kirk Nelson, and welcome to my course on Understanding 3D in Adobe Photoshop. I'm a freelance graphics artist with over 15 years of experience. I've been published over 400 times in internationally acclaimed industry publications. I'm an Adobe certified expert in Photoshop and just your friendly neighborhood graphics geek. Photoshop is usually associated with photo retouching and image manipulation, and for good reason. Pushing pixels is what made this product a household name, but did you know that Photoshop also has some limited 3D capabilities? It's much more than just simple 3D text. If you've ever been curious about what you can accomplish with the 3D features in Photoshop, then this course is for you. In this course we're going to dig into exactly what the 3D features in Photoshop can accomplish. We'll walk through everything from basic 3D concepts to using the 3D interface to creating our very own complex 3D scene. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include basic 3D terms and concepts, creating 3D text and shapes, how to craft custom 3D elements, and how to use external 3D models. We'll take a look at Adobe Fuse, an exciting new preview technology, and we'll finish with texturing, lighting, and rendering. By the end of this course you will have a solid understanding of what Photoshop's 3D features can and can't do. Before beginning this course you should be familiar with the basic features and interface of Adobe Photoshop. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn more about what you can accomplish with these powerful but rarely used features in my course, Understanding 3D in Adobe Photoshop here at Pluralsight.

3D Text and Shapes
Hello everybody, welcome back to understanding 3D in Photoshop. This is the second Module of this course. This is the Module on 3D Text and Shapes and I want to take this first clip and go over a few examples, where 3D text has been implemented and talk about how it's used. The majority of 3D work that's done in Photoshop tends to be 3D Text. In fact, the root of the 3D features within the program go back to a feature called Repousse, which really only made 3D Text. So that's where the features started and it still remains one of the most robust feature sets within the 3D tools and for good reason. You can really come up with some really nice designs, using it. In fact, it is so well used and fairly pervasive in the design community, that it's almost its own form of typography design, actually using letters as 3D objects to arrange a composition and once you start looking for it, you'll see it in all sorts of different places, everything from greeting cards to magazine covers to mock up video game covers, even to movie posters and sometimes it's even a fairly subtle effect and you don't even really notice that it's 3D Text, unless it gets pointed out and then you see the subtleness of it. The point is that 3D Text doesn't have to be just a boring, single line of text, that's extruded in 3D space and then rendered out. Frequently, that does happen and that's not the best application of these tools. In our next clip, we'll start working with extrusions to actually create the 3D Text within Photoshop.