Martini Hour 043, In Which Colleen Experiences Photoshop Experts in 3D

Sometimes a hat is just a hat. Unless it’s a hat drawn during a lesson with two amazing masters of Photoshop 3D, Bert Monroy and Corey Barker. A lesson that took place in the VIP lounge of our Martini Hour Las Vegas Extravaganza. Then, said hat is a testament to the ability of good teachers to teach highly visual subjects in a completely audio format. And the improved 3D abilities of Photoshop CS4. Oh, and Corey taught me to draw a wine bottle, too. Because, you know, he gets me.

Hold on to your ugly, if three-dimentional, hats folks, here’s what we have this week:

Corey starts by showing me how to quickly create a 3D wine bottle (suprisingly simple, really) and then we go on to discuss what we could do with it. Bert then gives away some of his guru-magic by showing how a textured bump map immediately becomes a typographical landscape. Listen as we toy with the ugly hat and wrap the Martini Hour logo around it. I have to tell you, when you have experts like Bert and Corey in the house, 3D is suddenly less daunting. Because, you know, Photoshop in only two dimensions is so “yesterday.”

Want to experience a coupla amazing gurus in three dimensions? Here’s the regular-quality (128kbps) audio file. You can stream, or for best results, right-click and choose Download or Save. For you audiophiles out there, here’s the link to the high-quality (320kbps) version. Be sure to download, don’t stream. And bask in the VIP exclusivity.

This week’s toast is to learning, learning, learning, whether it be 3D or new vocabulary.

And don’t forget the usual blather: Subscribe via iTunes. Call 1-888-dekepod with your questions. (That’s 1-888-335-3763.)

Thanks again to all those who made our live show so fun and entertaining. Stay tuned for more live and lively fun!

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    I’ve been struggling all morning with a rotated object in Illustrator that has a gradient applied.  I want to tuck the last copied rotation behind the original shape, and if I were doing this in Photoshop it would be easy.  But in Illustrator if I trim the shape to make it appear as though a portion of it is tucked behind the first shape, the gradient changes its appearance it makes a mess.  Here’s a link to an image showing what I’m referring to

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    This is a perfect example of why a real “tucked” shape feature (in which one shape can be both in front of and behind another shape) would be useful in Illustrator.

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    Hi Deke,

    Thanks for your reply :-)  I kept at it and eventually got it to work using “divide” with pathfinder by superimposing another shape on top.  The gradient miraculously remained the same within the divided pieces.  Not sure if this was just a happy glitch or whether it will continue to work properly each time I repeat the experiment.

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