PixelPerfect #89: Build a 3D Rocket with Photoshop and Illustrator

Posted in Graphics, Podcasts on December 17, 2008

How to use the 3D pen tool, gradients and the spatter brush to build a better space craft.

Bert shows us how to create a 3-D rocket this week with the help of Illustrator and Photoshop. First, Bert uses Illustrator to create the 3-D shape, using the pen tool, Effects>3D>Revolve and adjusting the perspective of the image. With Photoshop, Bert adds a sky background by adding blue tones and using the radial gradient. Then, Bert creates fire for the rocket in a new layer with the spatter brush, adjusting the spacing, size and angle jitter, and adding color dynamics. Bert then gives the rocket a little warp to make it more realistic.

To create a trail of smoke following the rocket, Bert creates a new image. First, he fills a layer with a neutral color, used the render>fiber filter and adjusts the variance and strengths. Bert adjusts the perspective , adds a gaussian blur and brush stroke>spatter to give it a soft and smoky feel.

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Tags: Photoshop, Design, 3D, Illustrator, Revision3, PixelPerfect