Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One 3D Preview: Making Saturn from Scratch

As those of you who follow this site know, I’m working on a four-part series of videos for on the topic of making 3D art in Photoshop CS5 Extended. My first course, Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals is due to go live next Tuesday, March 29. (Update: It’s live now!) And I just finished recording Part 2 of the series, 3D Objects, today. Below you see the final project from my latest work, Chapter 12: “Advanced Repoussé,” created, dressed, and rendered entirely in Photoshop. (The text is not part of the project. It’s just hype for the course.)

Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One 3D

On a completely unrelated note, NAPP president Scott Kelby recently invited me to contribute to his Guest Blog Wednesday. Naturally, I said yes. And it comes out today!

But here’s where these stories meet up: My guest post for Scott is all about 3D in Photoshop CS5 Extended. It’s inspired by the first chapter of my 3D Fundamentals course. And it was produced by Seriously, it’s like some kind of giant gas planet converged . . . with itself. And that planet is Saturn.

Seriously, check out my blog post at Watch the video embedded above. And in just 28 minutes, you’ll have a first-hand understanding of how to work with 3D in Photoshop CS5 Extended.

Did I mention that the final image—although created entirely from scratch—is scientifically accurate? Click here to download the sample files that you’ll need to follow along. Yes, you can do it, too!

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  • awesome

    Great video Deke, you sure took Photoshop to a whole new level

  • LOL

    Deke… watching a video of you trying to name those “tiny little thingy” or “little blocky thingy” made you look like you might actually be human!!!

    Nice tutorial once again ! :)

    Can’t wait for some more.

    A fan… always

  • 3D Saturn

    Nigel Worwood - Graphics Ham

    Fantastic - Phew! I just Sat Down exhausted after that! (Little play on words - get it? Sat Down / Saturn - Please yourself) Do you record it at half speed?

  • Great Artist

    I really do appreciate the 3D Saturn and the detailed illustration of making it.

    The passion of art like loving our loved ones.

  • super cool….

    Well done sir, super fun and I learned a bunch…can’t wait until the new series is out…

    keep on keeping on…

  • love 3d!

    looking forward to the new 3D one on one, I’ve just recently worked through your PS and Illustrator CS5 one on ones. 

    One question I have for you relating to 3D.  I am producing an advert which I need to do water type and came across a tutorial on abduzeedo’s blog.  (3D Water Text Effect with Repoussé in Photoshop CS5)  But even after downloading his PSD file and adding his textures/settings to my own text it still would not produce the same effect.  Could you maybe do a deke’s techniques tutorial with something like this as I find your tutorials really easy to follow!

    Keep up the good work!

  • NASA texture.jpg

    It’s just me or in the NASA texture.jpg is written “gas planets rock” ?

    Check in the upper right….

    Amazing tutorial BTW !

  • I know, isn’t that weird?

    I was surprised to see that too. But, hey, pictures don’t lie.

  • where did you get it

    where did you get it from?

    Happy birthday!!

  • It’s Monday the 28th…

    Was it delayed? I don’t see it up at

  • It’s there now.

    I see it.

    Yes, I see it all.

    I see hours upon sleepless hours of my life stretching before me.

    I haven’t even finished the Advanced series, much less Mastery.

    AND I got sidetracked into Ben Long’s photography series in between hour upon hour of Deke.

    I think I shall never know the joys of sleep again.

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