Many of us remember a great little application called Adobe Dimensions. It created an easy way to create 3D from vector images. The 3D pieces of Dimensions has been incorporated in Illustrator for quite some time, but now we have the same features in Photoshop CS5 with Reproussé!
- Create a blank image using the preset for web at 1152 px by 864 px.
- Choose 3D > Repoussé > Text Layer.
- Set your Depth to 3, and Scale to .3.
- Choose the 3D Rotate tool and either drag straght downwards, or on the Control Bar type in 44 for Orentation X.
- Click OK and choose Window > 3D.
- At the top of the 3D window, choose Filter by: Materials.
- In the top part of the 3D window, choose Ascend Extrusion Material.
- If you click on the Material Picker in the bottom half of the window, you can choose existing materials to apply to your text.
- Diffuse: The color you are applying to the 3D object.
- Opacity: How opaque or transparent the material is.
- Bump: Creates a deeper 3D affect by increasing the contrast of raised areas. In Photoshop Extended, you can paint your own. Basically Bump increases depth.
- In the bottom part of the 3D window you will see a color that is being applied to the text. Next to that is a PICT image that allows you to choose an image.
- Click on the Edit Diffuse Texture icon and choose the texture you want to use.
- If you click on Edit Properties, you can edit the way the texture is displayed.
- Target Determines whether settings apply to a specific layer or the composite image.
- U and V Scale resize the new mapped textures. To repeat your pattern, decrease the values.
- U and V Offset repositions the new mapped textures.
The new 3D features in Photoshop CS5 offer a whole new realm of options to users. 3D is covered in Ascend Training’s Photoshop CS5 Level 2 class at our Chicago and Deerfield training facilities, and online. All Adobe Photoshop Class Offerings. Our Photoshop classes at our facilities feature small class sizes of 10 students or less with individualized attention.
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