Creating 3D Object With Pen Tool
Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Create a 3D Object with a Pen Drawn Shape in Photoshop
There are several ways to create 3D objects in Photoshop. In this topic we will start with a shape that is created with the Pen tool and convert it to a 3D object.
In Photoshop open a new blank document (File > New). Set the image size to 1,024 pixels by 1,024 pixels.
Click the Pen tool (p key) and set the options to Shape layer.
Click multiple times to draw your shape. Click the starting point to close your shape.
To add a hole in the center of the object choose Subtract Front Shape from the Pen tool options. Click multiple times to define the hole. Click the starting point to close the shape.
With the shape layer selected, choose 3D > New 3D Extrusion from Selected Layer.
Choose 3D > Render to see your rendered scene. Be patient, it may take several minutes.
To see your final render, click the Background layer.
Worried About Losing Your Render?
Once you have spent the time to render your 3D layer, it would be nice if you could save the render.
A quick way to save the render is to duplicate your 3D layer (Cmd/j (PC - Ctrl/j)). Turn off the visibility for the original layer, then right-click the duplicated layer and choose Rasterize 3D. By saving your original 3D layer you can always take a step back and re-render if necessary in the future.
Another option is to convert your layer to a Smart Object once the render is complete.