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Photoshop 3D for Animators [Paperback]

by Rafiq Elmansy
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November 4, 2010 0240813499 978-0240813493 1

Photoshop is not just for photographers anymore. Photoshop 3D for Animators is one of the only titles available that discusses 3D Photoshop techniques specifically for animators. Now with Adobe CS5, 3D Digital artists can integrate 3D models into Photoshop or create 3D models in Photoshop with the high capability to customize, edit and animate.

With Photoshop 3D for Animators, explore the new 3D tools and techniques that will enhance your animation pipeline and workflows with the Adobe Suite softwares, including After Effects and Flash. Explore the ins and outs of Adobe Photoshop and expand your 3D expertise with the comprehensive guide to Adobe 3D toolset for animators. Customize Adobe CS5 tools for your specific, animation workflow and integrate your 3D models with Adobe Flash and the entire Adobe Suite platform with ease. Learn to manipulate 3D images as well as import 3D content from the Adobe creative suite. With in-depth, step-by-step tutorials, explore lighting, digital painting, texturing and rendering for 2D and 3D the power of Adobe Photoshop software. Enhance your digital workflow and expand your expertise with this hands-on guide to Photoshop CS5. Includes a DVD with source files, working samples and models.

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About the Author

Rafiq Elmansy is a graphic designer for 10 years with background in traditional art and sculpture. His experience in graphic design includes working in different design projects as well as creative directing. He runs his own design company Pixel Consultations. He is also an Adobe Community Professional, Adobe Certified Expert and the founder and manager of the Adobe user group in Egypt (AUGE). Rafiq is also part of the Adobe Prerelease Program. Rafiq Elmansy is an author in the graphic and design field, his articles are published in Adobe design and developer center, Adobe Edge magazine, and his design blog Recently, he becomes a Friend of Icograda (the International Council of Graphic Design Associations).

Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240813499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240813493
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am Rafiq Elmansy ( is a book author and adjunct lecturer of design in the American University in Cairo. Also, I am an Adobe certified instructor, Adobe community professional, user group manager, and friend of Icograda. My 17 years experience includes working in the fields of creative design, web marketing, and creative management and own my design studio Pixel Consultations. I have many published books such as:

- Illustrator Foundations (, published by FocalPress.
- Teach Yourself Visually SEO (, published by Wiley.
- Photoshop 3D for Animators (, published by FocalPress.
- Photoshop 3D for Animators (Japanese version) by Born Digital (
- Quick Guide to Flash Catalyst (, published by O'Reilly Media.

Many of my tutorials and articles are published in my own design magazine (, Photographytuts (, and other sites such as Adobe Inspire magazine,,, Activetuts, Smashing Magazine and more.

I am a lecturer and instructor in the field of graphic design, Adobe technologies, photography, and Web technologies. And I am proud to be a jury member of number of contests such as the Adobe Design Achievements Award, Poster For Tomorrow, and Annual Design Award.

I am part of Adobe prerelease program helping developing and testing many of the upcoming Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, After Effects, InDesign, and lately Adobe Creative Cloud.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop 3D Not Just For Animators April 27, 2011
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Despite what the title suggests, this book is NOT primarily on animation per se. In fact, it only has one chapter out of fifteen that talks specifically about animation (Chapter 11: Understanding Animation in Photoshop and 3D Animation).

Instead, it is a book that's geared more towards laying the groundwork necessary for learning animation in Photoshop. The main focus of the book is on explaining the use of the 3D tools in Photoshop (first introduced in CS3) and on how to use Photoshop in conjunction with 3D modeling programs (like Adobe Acrobat 3D, 3D Studio Max, Maya, and Google Sketchup) and animation programs (like Flash and After Effects).

The topics covered include 3D Tools in Photoshop, 3D Objects in Photoshop, Repoussé, Textures and 3D Painting, Lighting, and 3D Camera Views. Do note that Photoshop 3D is not a full-featured 3D program that allows you to construct 3D objects from scratch (although it provides a predefined set of 3D shapes you can work with). To make full use of the 3D feature, you would need to import 3D models that you've constructed in other 3D programs.

For a complete Table of Contents, click on the "Click to LOOK INSIDE" link on the product page.

The book also includes helpful information on system configuration, setting up Workspaces and Keyboard Shortcuts, and managing resources with Adobe Bridge.

Bottom line: You don't need to be an animator to make profitable use of the book. Photoshop 3D For Animators is a thorough and concise guide for learning the 3D manipulation tools in Photoshop (Extended version). Highly recommended for both animators and non-animators.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn what you need for 3D Animation in Photoshop December 11, 2010
Focal Press now has two books out on 3D in Photoshop, and each is worth owning. While Zorana Gee's title (3D in Photoshop) is great for reference, Rafiq has put together more examples and discussions on using the tools in every day work.

Photoshop 3D For Animators is formatted like an ongoing lesson from start to finish, and progresses through concepts and applications for each tool. The text typically introduces an idea, then backs it up with step-by-step instructions. Even better, the included DVD has plenty of models so you can follow along and actually put the ideas to use right away. This is essential for getting new tools into your brain quickly and making the ideas stick.

Rafiq starts with general 3D concepts and moves to the more specific tools, including Repoussé and working with lights and cameras. In fact, these tools are each given their own chapters, alongside chapters dedicated to 3D textures and developing animations. The breakdown is very logical, and each chapter builds on the previous materials to help new users integrate the features more readily.

The animation sections are thorough, and while I don't do animation myself, I found the chapter on preparing for renders to be chock-full of great tips on setting up for video. There are even sections on integrating with Flash and AfterEffects, as well as 3rd party tools like Daz|Studio and Strata, and importing from supported sites like 3DVia. If I have one criticism, it's that these chapters could be expanded to include additional tools, but the information that is provided is very solid.

As for readability, the format is really aimed at working through the book from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring 3D Capabilities of Photoshop December 11, 2011
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Photoshop is one of the most powerful and widely used photo editing tools. It has become a de-facto standard in the world of image editing and altering. Almost every anywhere serious photographer is either using Photoshop or a similar software suite. However, Photoshop's power extends well beyond image manipulation, especially with the latest few releases (CS3 and later). It is slowly becoming an all-powerful tool for all sorts of visual projects and creations. One of the most fun new features of Photoshop is its ability to create and manipulate 3D objects. These can be used either in animation, or for a variety of other artistic and design purposes.

Despite what this book's title says, this is not a primarily animation-centered resource. It is aimed at creative professionals and non-professionals who have a need to incorporate 3D images and objects in their work for a variety of reasons and purposes. The book is very well written and designed, with a lot of large color examples and screenshots. It is very pedagogical, and readers with any level of expertise can benefit from using it. It comes with an included DVD with all of the relevant examples and files that are used in the book. Some of the topics covered include "Working with 3D Files," "Working with 3D Tools in Photoshop," "Textures and 3D Painting," "Understanding Animation in Photoshop and 3D Animation," and several others.

Overall, if you are serious about learning how to harness the full power of Photoshop for 3D effects, then this book is an excellent teaching tool and resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PhotoShop and 3D! February 28, 2012
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PhotoShop benefitted from the acquisition of Macromedia - this integration enables the use of Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, After Effects etc.

This book fills the gap between PhotoShop and 3D. This book covers the 3D tools in PhotoShop and provides ways to import other 3D products into PhotoShop.

This book also describes animation using PhotoShop, along with Rendering, integration between PhotoShop and Flash, Integration between PhotoShop and After Effects.

Several third-party tools have been provided on a CD/DVD - DAZ Studio 3D, Strata 3D 3X Suite, 3DVIA.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks like a great book but the example files on disk simply aren't...
I like this book for its clear descriptions of Photoshop CS5 3D tools, however I don't know if I simply have a duff disk insert but the files referred to in exercises simply aren't... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. A. G. Laws
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with the service
Because I was happy with the service. Every thing was on time and up to date. The product was every I was told it would be.
Published 16 months ago by Donald M. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is a marvel in itself. There are tons of books out there for help with Photoshop, but this one gives great tips, tricks and more and is the only book you need for... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Patti Chadwick
3.0 out of 5 stars A whole book for a very lightweight Photoshop feature
I got this book because I work with 3D and I work with Photoshop but I've never worked with 3D IN Photoshop and I was curious. Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by J-J-J-Jinx!
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could have been
This is a good overview of Photoshop's 3D ability but I found myself wishing the book had better graphics and was laid out clearly. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by Brad Teare
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Very informative Photoshop 3D handbook.
Adobe CS5 can process 3D models into Photoshop with the ability to customize, edit and animate. This is great for Animators, and this book explains in detail how to use these new... Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by Jim Francis
4.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop 3D
This is a great book. It helps you understand the world of 3D animation. This book is great for beginners and more advanced animators. Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by L. A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is an excellent book. It leads you through the fascinating world of 3D
in an understandable and concise way covering and describing the 3D tools of
Photoshop CS5... Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Gerbrand Uiterdijk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of the Subject
Like most Focal press books this one is well illustrated and informative. Some chapters like the first one on hardware utilization will not be very useful to most people because it... Read more
Published on July 4, 2011 by bunnyrabbit4
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn 3d
For quite a while I have wanted to check out the new 3d tools in Photoshop and have tried, unsuccessfully, to do so myself. Read more
Published on June 25, 2011 by Michele
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