Chapter 8

Working with Imported 3D Models

Most people don’t think of Photoshop when it comes to working with 3D models. However, bare-bones 3D functionality was introduced in CS3 Extended circa 2007. A real breakthrough was made in CS4 Extended, giving independent editing control over meshes, materials, and lights. Photoshop CS5 Extended refines the 3D toolset even more and introduces image-based lighting, material libraries, and more. This chapter teaches you in a continuous tutorial how to work with imported 3D models through the following stages:

Chapter Contents

  • Transferring 3D models into Photoshop
  • Navigating in 3D space
  • Adjusting materials and maps
  • Illuminating with virtual light
  • Rendering the model

Transferring 3D Models into Photoshop ...

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