3D SHAPE SPLASH
Unlock current design trends and merge photo-realistic 3D shapes without diving into complex 3D tools. Import 10 different spinnable, design-ready objects into Photoshop. PixelSquid makes it easy to transform and rotate items in just a few clicks. This 3D design concept pops off the screen with cinematic effects and lighting techniques that you can achieve quickly!Buy the Course
5 Premium Lessons.
30+ Minutes—Learn fast!
Beginner to Advanced.
Photoshop & PixelSquid.
INSPIRATION & MOOD BOARD
Usually, this type of imagery is created using 3-D software like Cinema 4D and Octane. However, with some creativity and the flexibility of PixelSquid, you can achieve the look without 3d—and faster! Create a Mood Board that visualizes the look and feel of your image.
Use Procreate to create simple and fun 5-color sketches to bring your imagination to life. By developing different layouts you can visualize a few compositions quickly. The render quality was kept loose, as Photoshop and PixelSquid brought the final image to life.
SETUP & COMPOSITING
Having the sketch of the layout, the setup for this image was pretty straightforward. Curate and populate the lightbox first, then start transforming and rotating each object into position. This workflow is very fast and easy.
The biggest challenge for compositing this image is creating and unifying the color and the lighting of the objects. Using non-destructive Layer Styles for this, it became much easier to control light and shadow for the final image result.
Dave is an award-winning creative director who has worked across multiple industries—focusing on high-visibility projects for film, animation, video games, and advertising campaigns that span every market.
He has worn many hats through his journey, working as a creative/art director, vfx artist, concept artist, illustrator, compositor, and animator in feature film, broadcast, advertising, and video game industry. His diverse client list includes Disney, Nickelodeon, Sony, Activision, and Electronic Arts on licenses like Star Wars, Marvel, TMNT, and many more.
Dave is also deeply involved with personal coaching, teaching courses, designing tutorials, and presenting workshops between Los Angeles and Chicago for world-class schools like Gnomon School of Visual Effects and Chimirus.
SKILLS & CONTENT
✅ Curate a trendy 3D splash & shape mood board
✅ Generate multiple interpretation sketches
✅ Position and edit 3D PixelSquid objects
✅ Apply light layers & hand-paint shadows
✅ Add cinematic finishing effectsBuy The Course