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Creating a 3D Shape from a Layer in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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This excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to create a 3D hat using a layer that contains the image of a brick wall.

Note: This excerpt does not include the lesson files. The lesson files are available with purchase of the book.

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Photoshop includes several 3D shape presets, representing geometric shapes and the shapes of everyday objects, such as a wine bottle or ring. When you create a 3D shape from a layer, Photoshop wraps the layer onto the 3D object preset. You can then rotate, reposition, and resize the 3D object—you can even light it from various angles with a number of colored lights.

You’ll start by creating a 3D hat using the layer that contains the image of a brick wall.

  1. In Bridge, return to the Lesson12 folder, and then double-click the 12Start.psd thumbnail to open the file in Photoshop. The 12Start.psd file contains several layers with the contents of the final CD cover: music notes, sky, a brick wall texture, and a blank background.
  2. Choose Window > Workspace > 3D to display the 3D and Layers panels, which you’ll use in this lesson.
  3. Select the Brick layer, and then choose 3D > New Shape From Layer > Hat.

Photoshop creates a 3D object, wrapping the 2D image of bricks around the shape of a hat.

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