How to Make 3D Shapes in Photoshop CS4


Adobe Photoshop was originally mostly used by professional photographers to touch up photos, create photo effects and even create photo manipulation. The program is also used by graphic designers to create logos and other graphic elements. Adobe Photoshop CS4 offers a wide variety of improvements that are set apart from previous versions such as a more powerful rendering engine and the ability to manipulate different lighting effects, which makes the creation of 3D objects much easier. For beginners, Photoshop can take some time to learn, but after some practice you will have the ability to create effects like a professional.

  • Open Photoshop CS4 and create a new document by clicking on "File" and then "New Document." Keep the background color as white, and make the document any size you’d like. Select "OK."

  • Create a new transparent layer by clicking on the "New Layer" icon in the Layers Palette. This new layer must be established before creating a 3D shape, because these shapes are made from layers. Add color to the new layer by clicking on the Paint Bucket tool in the Tools Palette. The color can be anything you’d like. Click on the new layer to fill it with color.

  • Convert the layer to a 3D shape. Click on the 3D shape icon on the Tools Palette, highlight "New Shape From Layer" and select any shape you desire. You will notice that your chosen color is now the primary fill for the shape, and the color is within the shape and nowhere else.

  • Rotate the shape to give your desired placement by clicking on the 3D Rotate Tool on the Tools Palette.

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