Creating a 3D shape from a layer
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.
First, you’ll create the table for the wine bottle, glass, and card. To make the table, you’ll wrap a 3D cube with the layer that contains the image of wood.
- Choose File > Save As. Navigate to the Lesson12 folder, and save the file as 12Working.psd. Click OK if the Photoshop Format Options dialog box appears.
- In the Layers panel, make the Wood layer visible, and then select it.
- Choose 3D > New Mesh From Layer > Mesh Preset > Cube Wrap.
- Click Yes when asked whether you want to switch to the 3D workspace.
- Choose File > Save to save the file at this point.
The 3D workspace includes the 3D panel, the Layers panel, and the Properties panel. You’ll want to have all of these panels handy as you work with 3D objects. It also displays the ground plane, a grid that reflects the position of the ground relative to the 3D object, and the Secondary View window that lets you see the 3D object from a different perspective.
Photoshop wraps the wood image around a cube. You’re viewing the front of the cube. You’ll save the file now so you can easily return to this state after you’ve had a chance to experiment with the 3D tools.