21 April 2010

How To Create 3D Effects in Photoshop

Photoshop has several editing tools you can apply to an image to produce 3D effects. Generally the objective is to create an illusion of depth on what is actually a flat two-dimensional image. The following are a few methods you can utilize to produce such an effect.
1. Apply a Layer Style.
Layer Styles are visual effects that can be placed on specific layers in the palette and affect all content on that layer. To apply a Layer Style, right click on a layer and choose Blending Options from the context menu that will appear. The Layer Style dialog box will display and on it are a list of effects you can choose from. Each effect has its associated options settings which can be manually configured.
The Bevel and Emboss style is an effect that adds various combinations of highlights and shadows that can create a sense of depth. Click on it to choose this style. A check mark will appear before its label signifying the style is active. You can deactivate the style by clicking on the check mark to remove it.

This style has two groups of options Structure and Shading. The settings under Structure deal with various styles of bevels that can be applied – inner, outer, emboss; the kind of bevel technique – smooth, chisel, soft; and other settings that can adjust the depth, size and direction of the bevel. On the other hand, Shading options deal with adjusting the position of the light source, the manner of highlighting and shadowing and the opacity or amount of shadow and highlight to be applied.
2. Apply the Vanishing Point Filter.
Filters are another category of visual effects available in Photoshop. The Vanishing Point effect in particular is effective in creating a sense of 3D space as it sets an arbitrary ‘horizon’. Here’s how to apply it to a specific object in an image file.
  • Select the object by selecting its layer from the palette, and then press the Ctrl and X keys (Cut) to place the object on the Clipboard.
  • Click on the Filter menu and choose Vanishing Point from the list. The Vanishing Point window will appear. It will display the same image canvas shown on the main workspace.
  • Draw a rectangular plane on the canvas by clicking in nodes. These nodes are the corners of the rectangular plane. Once you’ve clicked in all four corners you can drag the corners or even the center nodes of the plane to adjust its size and shape.
  • Press the Ctrl and V keys (Paste). The object you previously cut will be placed on the upper left corner of the canvas surrounded by the Rectangular Marquee selection tool.
  • Drag the object into the plane and position it appropriately. You will see it automatically conform to the shape of the plane. Click on the OK button and the Vanishing Point window will close. You can see the result of the Filter effect on the programs main workspace.
You can use a combination of both Layer Style and Filter to create the desired 3D effect. Specific settings on their associated options will of course be entirely up to your judgment and the requirements of your design concept.
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