| Many years ago, I experimented with 3D art but the high learning curve turned the process into a chore instead of an artistic expression. So, I decided to wait until the 3D tools became much more user friendly before I started to write tutorials for the 3D artists. PhotoshopR CS6 now has some new tools that make creating 3D art much easier. These new tools pop up on the canvas workspace when you need them, making it as easy as click and drag to create your artwork. Of course, with the new Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine, your creative process is much faster.|
New 3D Mesh Cage Control
In our example, we have some 3D text that we wish to manipulate by scaling, rotating or moving. The new Cage Control is very intuitive and easy to use. When we click on the text with the Move tool, we see the yellow overlay indicating the Cage Control around the word art and the familiar 3D Axis control in the center. Depending where we place our cursor, we will see a pop up info message that tells us what we can do at that spot.
We can control the lighting and shadows with the draggable pop up lighting control. Click on the Infinite Light Icon found along the edge of the canvas, to see the pop up lighting control overlay.
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