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3D extrusions from custom shapes in Photoshop tutorial

3D extrusions from custom shapes in Photoshop CC 2017 2015 etc tutorial

Basics and custom shapes

3d extrusion from selected photoshop custom shapesextrusion 3D custom shapes for PhotoshopTo create a 3D extrusion from a custom shape in Photoshop, you must first select the custom shape tool and then the shape option set to shape layer and then select the custom shape (there are 1000s of custom shapes on this site and all can be used to create fascinating 3D models such as the 13,000 custom shapes collection for Photoshop and elements)


1) select the custom shape tool


2) create a shape layer using a selected shape


3) go to the 3D menu


4) new 3D extrusion from selected layer


5) modify the 3D extrusion


Properties and extrusion

extrusion panels for shapes and Photoshop 3DThe key panels are the properties and the 3D panel and also the various 3D controls to modify the rotation, scale etc.


1) 3D panel


extrusion shape and sketch style for the shape in Photoshop2) Select the shape 1 or shape in the 3D and then the properties panel (see the properties panel on the left) will change to show the extrusion as well as many other options such as deform and cap etc to modify the 3D shape extrusion in many different ways (or just apply a preset).


3) change the extrusion depth (I am always re-setting this and it is a pity there is no preference to set the default extrusion as I prefer something like 300 instead of 2000+ or whatever Photoshop sets)


4) Go to the 3D mode at the top of the application and select the rotate, roll etc to change the position and angle of the 3D model


Go to the other properties sections to change the styles etc for the model in the scene such as sketch style (as in the image on the right)


Other tutorials

1) How to install / add custom shapes into Photoshop tutorial

2) How to use fragments or parts of custom shapes in Photoshop

3) How to use Photoshop custom shapes with color channels


3D panel and custom shapes extrusions

3D extrusions and two shapes in Photoshop This panel is great for taking a 3D extrusion custom shape and then duplicating the existing shape and then grouping the custom shape (perhaps with a different extrusion and angle and scaling etc of the 3D extrusion custom shape)


1) select the shape 1 (or whatever you have renamed it to) in the 3D panel


3D extrusion of duplicated custom shapes in Photoshop2) rotate etc using the 3D mode features of Photoshop


3) right click the shape 1 and select the duplicate objects


You will now notice that you have two 3D extrusion custom shapes (the same at the moment)


4) go to the shape 2 and then properties panel


5) change the extrusion for that custom shape in Photoshop


6) Go to the 3D mode and select rotate, scale etc and drag etc and move the 3D extrusion


Grouping custom shapes extrusions

grouping custom shapes extrusions in PhotoshopYou can also then select both shapes (or more than that) and use the right click to group them into a single group which can then be manipulated by the 3D mode drag / rotate / roll etc in a particular scene and environment and then all be affected by the same lights etc


You can still manipulate the deform and extrusion for the group


Export 3D layer

export 3D layer to other applications custom shapes in PhotoshopOnce you have created your 3D extrusion custom shape, you can now export the 3D layer and save it to a number of formats for use in other applications such as poser


such as Flash 3D, DAE format, OBJ format etc. All kinds of weird and wonderful as well as really detailed 3D designs can be created and grouped. I would have to say, a full blown 3D application is not but it is still possible to create some amazing 3D designs (perhaps not just using a few custom shapes)


Of course, you do not need to use the custom shape 3D extrusion in other applications, you can also use the layer in Photoshop


Use the 3D shape extrusion in Photoshop

3D extrusion custom shapes layer photoshop and rasterize adjustment layers1) 3D menu


2) render 3D layer


3d extrusion custom shapes and analog for dark and film noir abstract shapesOr just go to another layer in the layer panel and use the 3D extrusion custom shape as a normal layer and add effects to it, add additional custom shapes, add adjustment layers to re-color the work and more.


1) select 3D layer


2) rasterize layer or 3D


3) Use the artwork as a normal layer


Or just use the layer menu and flatten etc


You can use the 3D models with tools such as the analog efex pro 2 (on the right) - great for all kind of abstract and weird silent movie looks (perhaps)