James Pater­son ex­plains the ba­sics of 3D in Pho­to­shop, and shows you how to com­bine 3D words with your photos to great af­fect

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Add 3D text to your pho­to­graphs

Pho­to­shop CC has some tools that al­low you to place ‘three-di­men­sional’ ob­jects such as text and shapes in your photos, just like in our Parisian scene here. This could be use­ful for all kinds of de­signs, from posters to in­vi­ta­tions, book cov­ers and even post­cards. With care­ful po­si­tion­ing, you can com­bine the 3D words with the back­ground im­age and make it look as if the two be­long to­gether.

In this tu­to­rial we’ll show you how to get started with 3D in Pho­to­shop and master the ba­sics of 3D ren­der­ing. If you’re new to 3D in Pho­to­shop, this of­fers a good in­tro­duc­tion to some of the main tools and con­trols you’ll en­counter. We’ll look at how to ex­trude a word to make it ap­pear three-di­men­sional, then ro­tate and po­si­tion it within the scene.

Cre­at­ing a three-di­men­sional word is just the be­gin­ning. From here you can go on to add ma­te­ri­als to tex­turise and colour the sur­face of the letters, and po­si­tion lights to il­lu­mi­nate the shape from dif­fer­ent an­gles. With so many set­tings on of­fer, things can seem a bit daunt­ing at first, but grasp the ba­sics and you’ll open up a whole new world of 3D ren­der­ing.

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