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3D Modeling in Photoshop - An In Depth Tutorial

Take your Photoshop skills to the next level and learn how to create photo realistic 3D models in Adobe Photoshop

4.20 (117 reviews)

3D Modeling in Photoshop - An In Depth Tutorial


8 hours


Jan 2017

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What you will learn

Learn How To Use Photoshop To Create Photo Realistic 3D Graphics


In this training course for 3D Modeling in Photoshop, an expert trainer  will show you how to use the 3D tools in Adobe Photoshop to create and render high-quality 3D models and animations. Photoshop is not just for editing photos any longer, the 3D tools that you have at your fingertips will allow you to quickly and easily create 3D models, and this video tutorial will show you how!

The course starts your Photoshop 3D training by showing you how to setup your workspace, and walking you through the camera and view controls, which are essential for building models. This computer based training course covers almost all of the 3D tools that are available to you in Photoshop, such as; creating 3D meshes using presets, using tools suck as deform, taper, inflate and shear to extrude objects. The training explains how to work with 3D text and setting and changing environments and scenes. You will learn how to add textures, adjust colours and shine, and how use lighting with your models. You will combine Photoshop Video functions with 3D functions to create animation, learn where to get third party models, and how to use them, and finally, you will learn how to render and export your projects.

By the completion of this video training course for 3D modeling in Adobe Photoshop, you will be fully capable of creating amazing models using the tools that Adobe provides to you in Photoshop. You can create, animate, render and share your models with friends, family and the world! Working files are included, allowing you to follow along with the author throughout the lessons.



Introducing 3D In Photoshop

Working Files - Download These First

0101 What You Will Learn In This Course

0102 Setting Up The Workspace And Preferences

0103 Organizing The Working Files

0104 Walking Through A Basic 3D Project

Working With The Camera And Move Tool

0201 Using The 3D Camera To Move The Ground Plane

0202 Using The Cage To Move A 3D Object

0203 Using The Widget To Move A 3D Object

0204 Using Numeric Values To Move A 3D Object

0205 Examining 3D Depth Of Field And Field Of View

0206 Using The Secondary View

Using The Create New 3D Object Panel

0301 Making 2D Layers In 3D Space

0302 Using Presets To Create 3D Meshes

0303 Using A Depth Map To Build A Mesh

0304 Extruding Text, Brush Strokes, And Shapes

0305 Adding Internal Constraints On Extruded Objects

0306 Using Deform To Twist, Taper, Bend, And Shear Extruded Objects

0307 Using Cap To Bevel, Inflate, Or Deflate Extruded Objects

0308 Making 3D Objects From Everyday Items

Working With 3D Text

0401 Extruding And Editing 3D Text

0402 Warping 3D Text

0403 Deforming 3D Text: Twist, Taper, Bend And Shear

0404 Using Cap Properties On 3D Text And Internal Constraints

0405 Splitting Text Into Individual Objects

0406 Distorting And Extruding Text

Adding And Editing Materials: Textures And Maps

0501 Reviewing Materials And Downloading Extra Sets

0502 Using Materials Presets

0503 Rendering Changes To Check Your Work

0504 Applying Diffuse Material Textures To 3D Objects

0505 Positioning Materials Using Overlays Or A Checkerboard

0506 Fixing Seams In Textures

0507 Adjusting Colors For Specular, Illumination, And Ambient Materials

0508 Adjusting Shine, Reflection, And Roughness

0509 Using A Bump Map To Give An Object Texture

0510 Adjusting Opacity And Refraction

0511 Giving A 3D Object An Environment Texture File

Setting and Changing Environment And Scene Properties

0601 Changing 3D Layer And 3D Object Ambient Colors

0602 Adjusting Image-Based Light Color Settings

0603 Using Adobe-Created And Custom IBL Texture Files For Illumination And Backgrounds

0604 Working With Standard And Custom Ground Planes

0605 Working With The Scene Cross Section Property

Using Lights

0701 Overview Of The Three Standard 3D Lights

0702 Using The Infinite Light

0703 Using The Point Light

0704 Using The Spot Light

0705 Using Multiple Lights And Lighting Presets

Merging Multiple 3D Layers

0801 Placing Objects In Stages/Sets

0802 Giving A Photo A Frame

0803 Creating A Glass

0804 Creating A Window Frame With Tinted Glass

0805 Merging Spheres For A Cross Section

0806 Using Cross Section To Place A 2D Or 3D Layer Inside A 3D Object

0807 Using An Opacity Texture File To Place A 3D Object Inside Another 3D Object

0808 Creating Shadow Catchers To Match Background Perspective

Using Third-Party 3D Models

0901 Checking Out Resources And Compatible File Types

0902 Opening Existing 3D Models In Photoshop

0903 Using The Vanishing Point Filter To Place Objects In A Scene

0904 Making Changes To Third Party 3D Models

0905 Dealing With Common Third Party 3D Model Issues

Animating 3D Objects Using Photoshop Video Features

1001 Introducing Keyframe Animations

1002 Working With Some Motion Animation Projects

1003 Moving The Camera And Lights

1004 Altering Material And Cross Section Properties Over Time

Rendering And Exporting Layers And Projects

1101 Performing A Final Still Image Render

1102 Exporting 3D Layers As Standard 3D File Types

1103 Exporting Animations As Video Files

1104 Exporting Animations As DPX And Photoshop Image Sequences

Acknowledgements, Bio, Resources, And Goodbye

1201 Acknowledgements

1202 Goodbye And Thank You


Ken19 December 2020

I find the instructor and the instructions very informative and easy to follow and comprehend. Unfortunately this is out of date with Photoshop 2021 and the materials panel change...... but a majority is applicable.

Ryan2 December 2020

This course did a great job of walking me through the basics of the photoshop 3D features. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to take their photoshop skills further.

Nicole20 August 2020

This course was developed 7 yars ago. Many things have changed in Photoshop 3D over that time. The most notable changes are linked to MATERIALS parameters which is making key sections of the course obsolete. Another tricky thing is that add content from Adobe does not work anymore with version 2021 of Adobe Ph. Examples used in the course are ponctual and boring. Any remake should also encompass an overall interesting project. The course comes with English subtitles. I never saw such scrap subtitles. It is a shame. It is also showing that the author is not involved in reviewing them, he would be embarassed. If someone is depht and count on English subtitles to follow the course : Just forget it. It is garbage !

Michelle6 July 2020

So far so good! I've been following along with a project I'm doing for work. The classes have been really helping me go through the steps to better understand my own project and the 3D capabilities in Photoshop.

Ivano15 December 2019

I'm disappointed because the course introduction made me believe I would have learned stuff which I didn't

Cecil3 December 2019

To the creator of this tutorial, It is obvious you know a great deal about the subject. Also, course organization and delivery are well thought out. In my opinion, however, you haven't really created a 'tutorial' as much as a series of lectures. I would encourage you to examine how other instructors are able to create assignments and coach a viewer through completing projects, rather than just talking through a topic. Ben Tristen has done quite a few related to gaming engines, which may serve as example. Other than this, I thought your topics were a reasonable length and encompassed enough to give a good overview.

Marcos28 September 2019

The quality of the audio is very poor. His voice is not clear, not easy to understand and follow through. The content is good though.

Vince2 January 2019

The instructor was very good at explaining the topics and I enjoyed the course. I learned enough to want to try one more . I don't think there are enough options with Photoshop 3D yet to be able to do the project I have in mind, but after I finish the next course I may feel differently.

Malene30 September 2018

Informative and easy to follow but not matching my version of Photoshop - much has changed since CS5 extended which is what I have. So far so good though.

Gerald29 September 2018

This course will give you the knowledge and confidence to create in 3D. My end game is to produce 3d renderings of illuminated signage and would have like to have seen more on how to make individual sections of the design appear to be glowing. But, overall, it still deserves a 5-star rating.

Moon30 June 2018

Interface different, some function only work in Old version CS6. Cannot perform ‘Internal Constraints’ in newest versions. Instructor not responsive here. Videos always pausing, slow… loading. Long-winded lecture explained a simple thing, made lessons boring, I almost fall asleep.

David10 January 2018

Presenter does a very good job, only problem is that the Photoshop interface in this tutorial is not current. Takes the learner some searching to find the tools being introduced—they are not obvious to someone new to the 3D environment.

Tazevinder30 November 2017

This is a great course it give you a depth knowledge stage by stage on how to create images into 3d shapes. There are also endless possibilities in 3d course which i have picked up and now bit more skillful in this area.

Kevin30 March 2016

Instructor is using older version of Photoshop. My version (latest CC) behaves differently, in particular with regard to how the view changes when certain actions are performed. I am constantly having to make changes to the view without guidance in order to have to make what I see match the video. Names of some of the tools have changed as well as their functionality. Also I believe that the sample files may have been changed since the video was made.

Ian27 December 2015

This covers absolutely everything you need to know to get you started, and also covers some advance topics. It is amazing what can be achieved purely in Photoshop. Well worth taking your time with this course and taking it all in.


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