Sculpting on planar surface

Today we are going to practice some cool shaping and almost sculpting on planar surface using Adobe Photoshop CS 2.
We will try to get as close as possible to 3D image values.



So let’s go.


Sculpting on planar surface

Select basic black and white gradient with these settings and overlay the area several times, not 1.



Sculpting on planar surface



Sculpting on planar surface

Now I will give the image some color by creating and adjustment channel layer.


Sculpting on planar surface




Sculpting on planar surface




Sculpting on planar surface

Overall layer settings:


Sculpting on planar surface



Sculpting on planar surface

Before applying the layer mask effect I would like you to switch off the Adjustment layer for a minute and save the image.



Sculpting on planar surface

Now pick up a gradient like so (you can switch the Adjustment layer now)



Sculpting on planar surface

Settings:



Sculpting on planar surface

Note to have the Adjustment layer Mask selected; when you hit the button just overlay the mask with this very gradient. The gradient will hide part of the effects.



Sculpting on planar surface

I’ve warped the picture a little bit to get rid of this cubic form.



Sculpting on planar surface

In plus to that I’ve also applied a layer effect that changed the color tone a little bit.



Sculpting on planar surface



Sculpting on planar surface

Now grab magic wind tool and make a selection. Note to stay on the black and white background layer.



Sculpting on planar surface




Sculpting on planar surface

Copy the selection to a separate layer. The layer mode should be Overlay – 16% opacity.



When the layer is copied to a separate layer tap ctrl + t and then hit an icon warp.



Sculpting on planar surface

Add a layer mask to this layer



Sculpting on planar surface




Sculpting on planar surface

And some color and tone correction.



Sculpting on planar surface




Sculpting on planar surface




Sculpting on planar surface

Create a new gradient layer to add some additional color.



Sculpting on planar surface

Now our basic Form study is finished here. But there is one very good effect that can help you to handle the situations when you want to make and image more 3d like.



This effect is called – Displace and can be found in Filters > Distort section.



What this filter does: is that he uses black and white colors and manipulates them as value. So when is white color, the line of something will be popped up there.



Here we will make a line of text. It is better to play with straight horizontal or vertical lines.



Displace settings:



Sculpting on planar surface

Select the so called displacement maps (acts like a mesh only in 2d)



Sculpting on planar surface

And here we have it.


Sculpting on planar surface

The line goes on the object like it is 3D.



Sculpting on planar surface

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