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Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Time for a little Photoshopping today! I want to share a very easy way to create a cool 3D room using only 2 images. We are going to start with 2 textures, and end up with a 3D room with some cool lighting effects in only a few steps. Let's get started.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Step 1: The Images

In order to pull this off, we need to start with some cool textures. One should be a wood floor, or wooden plank texture, and the other can be brick, or any kind of wall/concrete texture you want to use. I used these 2 images (below) provided by Shutterstock.com. You could also check out another great Stock Photos site called Depositphotos.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

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Step 2: Overlap the Images

To make this work, open your brick or wall texture first, then put the wood texture on top. The wood texture needs to be much wider than the artboard. (like below)

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Step 3: Transform the Wood Texture

First, hit Command/Control + T to start the transform, then right click and select “Perspective.”

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Bring the perspective in at the top.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Then, right click again and go back to “Free Transform.”

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Now bring the top down. You might have to back and forth between free transform and perspective to get it to look the way you want.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Step 4: Adjust your layers

Now that you have taken your wood texture from a texture to more of a floor-like shape, we need to put the brick layer on top. So, move the brick layer above the wood layer and move it up until you like what you see. You should have something like this:

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Step 5: Covert to Black and White (Optional)

We are going to now convert each layer to black and white individually. Select the brick layer and go to Image > Adjustments > Black and White.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

You can play around with it at this point, but I like to make the “Red” values darker, so I move the slider to the left.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Do the same for the wood layer until you get it the way you like it. Again, I made the “Reds” darker.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Step 6: Gradient Overlays

Next, let's put a gradient overlay on the brick layer. Here, we are going from black to transparent, from the bottom up. You also need to adjust the sliders a bit to make the gradient mostly transparent with a smaller black part at the bottom.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Do the same for the wood layer, but this time we're going from top to bottom.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Step 7: Flatten

The reason we are flattening the image is so we can apply a lighting effect, and we want the lights to be applied to the entire image, not just one layer. At this point, you should have something like this:

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Step 8: Lighting Effects

Now, go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects. Again, you can play around with these settings, but I like the Omni light for this particular effect. Depending on the size of your document, you can make the proper adjustments here to get a result you're happy with. Unfortunately, it's pretty much trial and error, because Photoshop's preview for this effect kinda sucks.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Step 9: Done!

We just took 2 texture images and made a cool 3d room in about 10 mins, and we never used more than 2 layers. Not bad. Your final result should look something like this:

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

Here is a poster I designed using this technique: (click for a closer look on Flickr)

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cool 3D Room from Scratch

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I'm the editor-in-chief of Bittbox.com. I'm a designer and developer by day, and a writer and musician when the feeling strikes. I enjoy vintage advertisements and puzzles with an absurd amount of pieces. Follow me on Twitter.

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