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Photoshop 3D Filter

Objectives: Photoshop 7.0 brought new features that produce some stunning effects. The 3D Transform filter has been around for some time but does anyone really utilize this filter?

Step 1: Getting Started

Its simple to use and you can create some realistic three-dimensional effects for print or the web.

1. Create a new file in Photoshop
2. Set the background to Transparent and a size of 400 X 400 pixels.
3. Select 3D Transform filter: FILTER...Render...3D Transform
4. On the left side there are shapes, select the one that looks like a box
5. Start creating boxes. Fill up the whole window with the boxes.

It should look something like the image to the top right

Step 2: Rotating the Boxes

1. Select the Trackball Tool. This will allow you to rotate the boxes and get their 3D look.
2. Rotate the boxes until you get the shading effect which creates depth.

Step 3: Customizing the Boxes

1. Click the Options button
2. Set Resolution and Anti-Aliasing to High to eliminate any "jaggies".

Now you have some Three-dimensional shapes all done within Photoshop.
Add some color and drop shadows to the boxes and they leap right off of the page.




3d transform dialog box


3d transform-rotate boxes

3d transform-options

3d transform-colored boxes