How Photoshop Designers combine Projects to create 3D Stereo Printouts

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1.Drag and Drop assets into the Working Area

Here we first save all the original elements of a Photoshop project and turn them into individual PNG files. This will help us create a custom asset library to work with. Then the assets will be loaded into iClone for further editing.

  1. Now we will open iClone since it is here where we will align all our images in real 3D Space. iClone is an easy-to-use 3D animation tool with video production capabilities. Inside, we will be able to arrange any images and props with fast drag & drop mechanics.

    To start, we first drag and drop all our Photoshopped images (PNG files) into iClone with the right mouse button. Inside you will then be prompted with a menu, asking what kind of object you want the asset to be converted to.

  2. Then, drag and drop these assets (PNG files) with the right mouse button into iClone’s 3D environment. You will then be prompted with a menu asking what kind of object you want the asset to be converted to. Select the “Plane” option.

    The files will turn into image planes inside the iClone working area. The alpha channel of each PNG image file will mask the outline of the image, thus cutting out any unwanted area surrounding it. Repeat the above step until all your items are loaded into iClone's 3D environment.

  3. Remember that some of this may be done in Photoshop, but it takes a much longer time to create 3D-looking objects. Even if one is created in Photoshop, you still need more than one step to change the orientation of the object and make sure the lighting and shadows are correct. Inside iClone you may easily use ready-made 3D objects (props) instead of going through several complicated steps in Photoshop. Our goal here is to create high-quality projects in half the time. To do this, simply drag any prop from the prop library inside of iClone and drop it into the working area.

2.Map each Layer into its own Z-depth

Once all your assets (image planes and props) are loaded into iClone then you proceed to adjust the position of each, since they are all scattered around the 3D working area. For this, you may use the transform tool to correctly relocate each object into the layer position you have in mind.

  1. Select the “Move” tool. (Press 'W' Key)

  2. Move the image planes and the 3D props around, and order them into the layers you need. If you do this inside Photoshop the distance between each layer is actually 0 (zero), but inside iClone you actually have a Z-depth allocated to each object. This provides the great benefit of increasing and directly controlling the 3D sensation inside a 3D Stereo scene.

  3. Rotate the camera view with the Pan Tool (Press 'X' Key) to check the Z-depth of all the objects in the scene. This method will allow you to have full control over all positioning and depth.

  4. Now you need to turn on the Movement Gizmo in order to bring up the X, Y and Z axis controls for the selected item. To activate the movement gizmo, just press CTRL + Q. (Make sure you first select the item and also have the Pan tool activated) Then drag the green arrow (Z-Axis) of the gizmo to change the Z-depth of each selected item. (Note: Red arrow is X-axis and Blue arrow is Y-axis)