Creating a 3D Earth Using Mesh Presets


Beginner's Guide To Working With 3D in Photoshop®


Lesson Info

Creating a 3D Earth Using Mesh Presets

Now we're going to talk about creating a 3D, or creating a 3D Earth. and we're going to use a mesh preset for that. So let me just... I'll delete this file, that's fine. I'll create a new layer and I'm just going to call it "Earth". And I'm going to click on the 3D panel and you can also create your 3D presets from here. The source is a selected layer. Mesh from preset. And I can select one of these presets. And the one that most resembles the earth is, of course, a sphere. And I can click on create and it's going to create a sphere. Now we talked earlier about how the sphere casts shadows on to the ground plane. In spacing, we don't really want the earth casting shadows anywhere, it's not sitting on anything, it's floating in space. So we can remove the shadow by going into environment and under ground plane, we can just bring the opacity down to zero. Now there's another way of doing that, it's by clicking on the infinite light and just unchecking shadow, but I don't really want to d...

o that because that means that the object itself won't cast a shadow. I do want the object to cast a shadow in case I decide to add maybe a moon or a spaceship or something, I want shadows hitting that secondary object. We're not going to do that in this example, but I just wanted to point that out. I just don't want there to be a surface where shadow is being cast on to.

Class Description

This class demonstrates the power of the 3D tools in Photoshop. You will explore the 3D interface, learn 3D concepts, and acquire new techniques through project-based examples. You will also take advantage of Adobe Stock to import templates and 3D models to quickly start and complete our creative projects. You’ll work with Fuse CC and Project Felix, two new user friendly 3D apps from Adobe, which work together with Photoshop. 

Through a series of design projects, this class covers: 
  • Using Adobe Stock for templates and 3D models to complete a design project 
  • Using Adobe Fuse CC to create custom 3D characters and animate them 
  • Compositing 3D objects into a design 
  • Creating photorealistic images without complex workflows 
After completing this class, you'll be ready to include 3D elements into your design projects.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.0.1



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