Create a 3D Character Photoshop CC Tutorial

Create a 3D Character Photoshop CC Tutorial

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We’ll create a loader bar, percent counter, and a countdown timer that can be customized by changing one simple slider.

Learn the secrets you need to know to creating and working with a 3D character using Fuse and Photoshop CC in this tutorial!
We’ll create a character in Adobe Fuse and export it to Photoshop where we’ll change the lighting and texture and then use a few Photoshop filters to create a streaking effect for our Photoshop 3D model.

Download the 3D model I made for this video here:

Find free 3D models here!


00:30 Building the 3D character
04:19 Importing the character to Photoshop
05:25 Choosing the model’s pose
06:43 Changing the base light and reflectiveness
08:15 Building the 3D lights
12:11 3D rendering tips and tricks
13:58 Building the composition and background
17:10 Adding the streaks/streaking effect
22:09 Building out the disintegration effect
26:51 Targeted sharpening and grain
29:00 Color grading
33:18 Simple glitch effect
35:13 Get it, Got it, Goooooood!









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50 replies
  1. Fana Mabuza
    Fana Mabuza says:

    i love your work is extremely amazing and you are great teach too. i have learn so much and i appreciate everything i have learn too you.

  2. Shirwatel Simini
    Shirwatel Simini says:

    This is just brilliant !!! I know you’ve recorded this earlier but I was expecting that bicycle in the background lol

  3. Christopher Stark
    Christopher Stark says:

    Wow. Just got sucked into a rabbit hole playing around with Fuse. Pretty interesting stuff. It might be cool to see other things that can be done with it. I just wish there were some additional customization options for some things (or ways to remove things well after the fact without undoing everything after it), but overall pretty cool.

  4. xSuper_Nova
    xSuper_Nova says:

    WoW , This is a really advanced tutorial, and it reveals how experienced you are in your art, really liked your vids 🙂

  5. Raheel Khan
    Raheel Khan says:

    Welp. Photoshop crashed. Document was recovered but I could not select anything on any of the layers, 3D or otherwise. Also, right-clicking all the layers had all the options greyed out. That’s not all. Apart from the File menu, all others were greyed out. :(. Gonna try again tomorrow.

  6. Rob Fielding
    Rob Fielding says:

    Wow. Information overload for me! I loaded Fuse and kept experimenting but couldn’t get it to load into my library. 6 hours passed and I had another bash … it turned out that all my attempts at saving were successful the first time, it just took the Cloud a lot longer to actually process the stuff! Some incredibly useful stuff here. I use 3D Daz Studio but this does give other options and I suspect will rival Daz one day. Thanks for a teriffic video tutorial.

  7. Rod Shelley
    Rod Shelley says:

    Fascinating…. I’ll have to take a look at Fuse – as if I don’t have enough 3D stuff with Poser, DAZ, Vue, etc… I’m wondering if the figures are ‘rigged’ for Fuse to pose all the extremities – arms, legs, fingers and so on.. A fascinating and fun tutorial!

  8. Octagon
    Octagon says:

    Photoshop 3D tools are SO underrated! There’s this dude I found on instagram he’s called @eightelevenx and he makes the sickest 3D animations using just photoshop and it’s mindblowing! Loved the video, I’d like to see a more indepth guide for this!

  9. Beto Teixeira
    Beto Teixeira says:

    Hi there! Is there a way to free pose the 3d character like the puppet warp does so that I can match it to a background image?

  10. Raheel Khan
    Raheel Khan says:

    Alright. So, the model file provided via the download link is not functional at my end.

    To import it, I had to create a new layer, and then import the file. Upon importing it, it doesn’t have any of the textures/colours, and it’s already a white plastic looking figure. Also, no skeletal structure found.

    I had to create a new FUSE character, and import it via the library.

  11. PhoeniX-J-five
    PhoeniX-J-five says:

    Kinda got my hopes up there, so the title is a bit misleading. Should be more like Pose & Render a 3d character, not create. Other than that, still a good tutorial

  12. Hunt4art linearVector
    Hunt4art linearVector says:

    Awesome – Love your teachings – Opened me up to Fuse as still trying to master PS PP & AE CC’ Stay safe and Big Thx for all your uploads!

  13. 장해주
    장해주 says:

    𝙸 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝚜𝚘 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚊𝚍𝚢 — 𝙺𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚒𝚎 𝙺𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚜.
    𝙳𝚊𝚛𝚗 𝚒𝚝. 𝙸𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚊 𝚆𝚒𝚡 𝚊𝚍𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚘.
    𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝙸’𝚖 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚐𝚕𝚊𝚍 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚞𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚊𝚕, 𝙽𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚎𝚕.
    𝙷𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗. 🙂

  14. Proton Protonfix
    Proton Protonfix says:

    Nat, what you’re doing? You’re starting the new year with such a hell of a tut. Tons of techniques and now I see the use of Fuse, finally 😉 Wow. Can’t thank you to much for your outstanding work. I’ve learned sooooo much from you this time, and again and again. Well done, Bro!

  15. BlackWipeout
    BlackWipeout says:

    OMG i come back on Photoshop for only this 3D thing…. I’m joking. For 3D character I use DAZ Studio Pro 😀
    Great tuto like always.
    I’m waiting for Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer tutos… is it still planned ?

    PS Happy new YEAAAAR from Switzerland

  16. Unknown User
    Unknown User says:

    Wow Photoshop can handle models and obj files now? I have 4 terabytes of daz and poser assets and this looks seamless! Very cool will have to try fuse. Thanks for the great videos like always.

  17. Neil Martin
    Neil Martin says:

    This was one of the best creative videos you’ve done so far. A lot of your videos are about using certain tools, but this one felt more like it was about developing imagination. Great stuff.


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