Tutorials - 3D Effects
Part 2: working
with the layers.
With the previous
example we have made a simple 3d shape, and it looks nice. But
we can still improve it.
For example you
can add a shadow:
Better. But the
shape can be improved with a texture! Since the shape is just
finished you can add a texture using the layers's features.
So make a new layer
on the Shape layer and fill it will a texture (or make a texture
on it or copy a texture from another image).
(I've made this
simple texture in only three moves: Difference Clouds, Difference
Now load the Shape
layer selection (press CTRL and click on the shape layer). Invert
the selection (CTRL/i) and then press Delete.
Now the texture
has the shape of the Shape layer. Try to change the mode of
the texture layer. In the next image I've used the Soft Light
The good news is
that now you can change the color of the texture (and so of
the entire shape) simpy with CTRL/u, Hue Saturation (make sure
that Colorize is checked).
Good! are you tired?
don't worry, the first once is a bit difficult but after some
experiment you'll be a master! so, if you aren't tired ;-) we
can continue adding other elements, for example a sphere and
- why not? - in the hole.
Firstly you need
to have the hole selection. To do this go to the channel and
select the shape channel. Press W to select Magic Wand Tool
and click in the hole.
Save the selection.
By default this is channel Alpha 2.
Make a new layer
and the load then Alpha 2 selection (you can load the channel
selection also from Select Menu/Load selection: Channel).
Now select a dark
color, press X and select a light color.
Now you should
use the Gradient tool: for this step you need the radial gradient
and you'll find it in the Option window (Photoshop 4) or simply
pressing SHIFT/g so many times until you can see the radial
gradient (Photoshop 5).
Ok fill the selection
with the gradient tool. Point the mouse in the top area of the
selection and then drag the mouse to the bottom.
Here's the sphere
(but you should improve it):
To give a better
spherical look I like to use again the layer.
Make a new layer,
load the Alpha 2 selection. Press M and with the cursors keys
move the selection on the left side and near the top.
Select Menu, Feather:
Invert the selection
(CTRL/SHIFT/i and CTRL/h to make the selection invisible).
Press D and then
press X. Press G for the Gradient Tool. In the option menu use
foreground to transparent. Make a gradient fill on the layer.
As you can see
the white color don't fill right the sphere. So reload the Alpha
2 selection invert it and then press Delete.
The advantage to
use the layers for these operations is that you can modify all
adds by several ways: opacity, mode and so on.
I've changed the
opacity layer to 70.
You can improve
this sphere adding with the AirBrush Tool some sprinkling using
the white color. Make this on the top layer (that with the gradient
fill): change the opacity of the AirBrush tool in the option
window (press enter to see the option window).
The last step is
correct the shadow (it has a hole!).
Well it could be
a good idea to clear the shadow layer and make a new shadow.
Now press hold
the CTRL key and click on shape layer, then press hold CTRL/SHIFT
and click on the sphere layer.
By this way you
have added a selection to another! make the shadow.
WOW! Here's the
first image and the final:
Do you see some
The layers are
a great Photoshop' features, yet!