How to Convert 2D to 3D in Photoshop (8 Steps)

By Mark Slingo

Being able to show concepts from different angles is a useful part of presentations. Adobe Photoshop has a number of features for enhancing the display quality of images. One such feature is the ability to turn 2D image into 3D models. This can be done in the CS3 and newer versions. You should practice on simple image shapes before moving onto more complex objects.

Step 1

Open the 2D image you wish to convert to a 3D model in Photoshop. We will use the example of a box image.

Step 2

Click on a cutting tool. Cut the object from the image. Copy and paste the image into a layer of its own. Name the layer.

Step 3

Click on the layer the object (box) is on. Click on the "Filter" menu and select "Vanishing point."

Step 4

Go to the toolbar on the right of the new window. Select the "Create Plane" tool. Click on the top four corners of the box.

Step 5

Hold down the "Ctrl" key on the keyboard. Click and drag the middle anchor point of the plane down. A grid will be applied to the other side of the box.

Step 6

Adjust the points of the grid so that they are in line with the object by clicking on them and dragging them to the correct place.

Step 7

Click on the arrow at the top of the window. Select "Return 3D layer into photoshop" from the drop-down menu. Click the "OK" button.

Step 8

Hide the named layer. Double-click on the small thumbnail in the "temp" layer. a number of menu options will appear at the top of the screen including rotate, slide and shift, for viewing of your 3D model. Choose the effects you want to display your model.