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Photoshop CS3e: Halloween Cross Part 5

3D Layers and 2D Layers, plus text By Ko Maruyama
If you have Adobe's Photoshop CS3 Extended, you can import 3D models from other applications.  If there are 3D models in a Photoshop CS3e project, you can open up the textures and modify them to suit the project at hand. Here's the last bit in these tutorials for the Halloween Cross.  Adding text and a couple of regular 2D layers will help you compose the final image.

Modifying the 3D layer works with all of the different things you traditionally do to set up your composition.  You can transform the layer's position, you can set clipping groups, copy the layer multiple times, and more.  Once you get the hang of 3D layers in Photoshop CS3extended,  you'll be even more excited to see what Adobe Photoshop CS4 extended has to offer you.

Here's another short video tutorial to show you how you can easily get back and forth from your texture to your model.  If you don't have a 3D cross from the RELIGIOUS CROSS tutorial, you can download the starter file below.


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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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