Corey shows you how to add 3D elements to photos complete with lights and shadows.



  1. Cranium 18 February, 2011 at 21:01 Reply

    Hi Corey, I love your podcasts but I can’t get any videos on the website to work. Youtube works but Adobe TV doesn’t and I have the latest flash player/plugin installed. Kelby Training works but Photoshop user TV doesn’t.There must be a codec or something I need. Do you have any ideas?

  2. Karl 20 February, 2011 at 12:48 Reply

    Corey, thanks for all the 3D tutorials. I’m new to extend and they are very helpful. I only know of one book and CS5 extend 3D so you tutorials are very helpful. Also I found your Using Wacom Tablets with Photoshop on the NAPP site
    extremely helpful. I have had an Intuos 3 for sometime and have not taken full advantage of it. But with your tutorial I am finding vey helpful.

  3. Ryan Schinneller 21 February, 2011 at 20:13 Reply

    Cool tut. Finally learned how to control my shadow. One thing though, it seems to me that the sun is coming from the top right. The tree is dark on the left, bright on the right and the shadows skews left by about 70%. Sun is probably mostly staight up but favoring the right by about 10%.

  4. Scott Valentine 3 March, 2011 at 14:23 Reply

    @Karl – there are actually two books out on CS5 Extended’s 3D capabilities. Search on Amazon to find books by Zorana Gee (Photoshop product manager), and Rafiq Elmansy. Both are good, with some overlapping information. Zorana’s book is a essentially a collection of articles on specific capabilities, while Rafiq takes a more curriculum-based approach, and also includes animation.

  5. Vern 9 March, 2011 at 08:35 Reply

    Great tutorial with very clear instructions and very useful. The moving of the camera rather than the object seems so obvious now but it was something i was struggling with before this tutorial as I had been trying to achieve something similar. I agree with Ryan Scinneller’s point that the lighting on the tree and the shadow from the tree onto the sand make the location of the sun to the right and behind the 3D letters so the shadow should be to the left and in front. Still that is a very picky point and does not detract in any way from the technique which Corey has expertly provided. Many thanks.

  6. Linda Henning 4 April, 2011 at 12:50 Reply

    Your shadows are in the wrong postion (I see others caught it) . Not a picky point Vern, the photo does not read right. How much stronger would the effect be if it was correct? I’ve done this effect in PS 2 and Illustrator but it’s very helpful to be reminded of some of things you can do, probably in less time. Still the advantage of having traditional art training helps with things like perspective and lighting.

  7. Johnny 4 April, 2011 at 15:57 Reply

    This is amazing, I had never seen how to make 3D effects in photoshop … It’s impressive piece

    Thank you!

  8. Jako 9 April, 2011 at 09:26 Reply

    Every time i try, that “repoussé” button is just grey, and i can’t select it!?
    Can anyone help me?

  9. Dora 31 July, 2011 at 20:38 Reply

    Every time I try this it tells me that the text must be rastorized and will not be editable. Is there any way around that?

  10. visi 15 August, 2011 at 07:25 Reply

    hi i heave PS cs4 and when i want to chose repousse i look for it but is not there i d’not heave that what can i do ?? plzzz anyone can help me ???

  11. Mohamed faruk 23 August, 2011 at 01:29 Reply

    I tried this tutorial, but its not working for 3d effects i need faux bold font. so, where can i get faux bold font or tell me anyother font to use 3d effects.

  12. Donna 6 October, 2011 at 10:31 Reply

    None of my 3D menu options are available. Do I need to switch something on or something. I cannot follow this tutorial without it. HELP!!!!

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