Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop April 2017

Practical Photoshop is the world’s premier Photoshop magazine, a monthly guide to the best Photoshop techniques, tips and tricks. Inside each issue you’ll find an array of inspirational tutorials and accompanying video lessons that will help you master Adobe’s collection of industry standard photo-editing software. What’s more, there’s a selection of amazing images from the world’s best Photoshop creatives, free downloadable content, and a beginner’s guide to the basics. If you love photography and you want to learn more about digital imaging, then Practical Photoshop will help you to unleash your creative potential.

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welcome to issue 73 of practical photoshop! if you enjoy the issue, why not subscribe and get a whole year for just $19.99?

Most of us probably didn’t get Photoshop for its 3D tools – but this is the direction digital imaging is heading. It’s a must-learn skill to keep ahead of the curve. Besides, 3D is one of those features that opens up endless possibilities. Amazing effects are just a few clicks away – and we’ll get you started. James Paterson, Editor ? HIGHLIGHTS: WHAT'S INSIDE... 10 ESSENTIAL 3D TRICKS AND TIPS ▪ Get up and running with Photoshop’s 3D tools CREATE A 3D COFFEE CUP ▪ Learn basic 3D modeling skills and create a designer cup COMFORTABLE WITH COLOR SPACES? ▪ Learn all about color settings and modes in Photoshop CREATIVE CUTOUTS ▪ Discover four ways to cut out and rework your portraits LIGHTROOM’S DEVELOP MODULE ▪ Get to know the essential Lightroom editing tools WATCH THE VIDEO DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT FILES To download…

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tip 1 extrude your first shape

WATCH THE VIDEO You can extrude any 2D shape you like into a 3D object – including text. Simply make the shape on a new layer, then go to 3D > New 3D Extrusion From Selected Layer. Photoshop’s 3D modelling tools are quite basic, so you’re limited to a few simple controls. You can change the extrusion depth, add bevels and caps to inflate the surface, and twist or skew the extrusion. But even these enable you to create all manner of interesting shapes. There are also a few basic meshes you can use, like spheres, cubes and pyramids. STEP 1 MAKE A 2D SHAPE Any shape can be extruded to 3D. Here we begin with a 2D vector shape (downloaded from the Creative Cloud App Assets). Make a new layer for this shape.…

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tip 2 explore the 3d panels

If you’re new to 3D in Photoshop, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of settings and controls. It helps if you can master the dynamic between three panels: 3D, Properties and Layers… 1 THE 3D PANEL When you first make a 3D shape in Photoshop, you’ll be asked if you want to switch to the 3D workspace. This is usually a good idea, as it’ll give you the panels you need. Crucially, it shows the 3D and Properties panels. You’ll quickly come to realize that these are the two most important panels for 3D editing. Every element in your 3D scene is housed inside the 3D panel. This will include shapes, lights and cameras. What’s more, every 3D shape will also have sub-menus that let you alter the surfaces…

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tip 3 axis and coordinates

Grab the Move tool and click on any 3D shape and you’ll see a colored three-way axis widget. This lets you change the position of 3D objects, meshes and lights. Each of the three directional lines – X, Y and Z – has three controls. The arrowhead lets you move the object along that axis. The little bent line lets you rotate the object, while the little rectangle stretches or shrinks along that line. If you want to scale uniformly, drag the centre square. As these three controls are often close together or overlapping, it can be tricky to latch on to the right one. It might help to resize the widget – hold Shift and drag the centre square up to make the axis widget larger. Sometimes the axis widget isn’t…

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tip 4 moving the camera or the object

For beginners to 3D, it can take a little time to get your head around navigating 3D space. Every object has its own X, Y and Z coordinates to place them within the scene. Imagine a huge empty room where objects can be positioned anywhere, from ceiling to floor and from wall to wall. As well as positioning your objects, you also have control over the view of those objects. Sometimes this can lead to confusion: you might think you’re moving the object, but in fact you’re moving the camera’s view of it instead. Keep tabs on what is selected in the 3D panel. If the 3D shape is selected, the Move tool will let you reposition it; if Current View is selected, you can pan, dolly and zoom the camera. Keep…

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tip 5 text tricks

WATCH THE VIDEO STEP 1 EDIT SOURCE Even after extruding your text to a 3D shape, you can edit what the letters or words say. Highlight the 3D shape in the 3D panel, then go click the Edit Source button in Properties. This’ll open up the words in a new document, where you can make changes then save, and the 3D text will be updated. STEP 2 SPLIT EXTRUSION When you initially extrude a word to 3D it comes as a single shape. But if you go to 3D > Split Extrusion, each individual letter becomes its own editable shape. This means you can change the position of each letter independently. Keep in mind that, once split, you can’t choose Edit Source. (See above.) STEP 3 CAPS AND BEVELS Caps and bevels add shape and depth to your…