Photoshop: Learn Photoshop For 3d Rendering
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Photoshop: Learn Photoshop For 3d Rendering

In just a few hours, you'll be using Photoshop to take your 3d renderings to the next level. 3ds Max, V-Ray, Photoshop.
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Created by Adam Zollinger
Last updated 12/2015
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • process their raw 3d rendered images into beautiful works of art
  • maximize Photoshop tools for enhancing your renderings
  • composite new skies, people, lens effects and more into 3d renderings
  • composite a final image from 32 bit floating point render channels
  • add together different render channels to create a complete image with absolute control.
  • turn day images into night
  • dramatically change the lighting and mood of your images using Photoshop
  • enhance details and make renderings pop using Photoshop tools
  • fully understand the Photoshop workflow as it applies to architectural 3d renderings
  • better understand the Photoshop UI and all of its tools
  • make renderings that stand out from the crowd
  • create stunning imagery with the help of post-processing in Photoshop
  • use render channels from any rendering suite to enhance your images
  • create selection sets for every object / material in your scene, quickly and easily
  • create Photoshop files that give you complete control over every detail of your scene in post
  • adjust the light levels of a scene after it is already rendered
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  • You will need to come with a basic knowledge of Photoshop, although you might be able catch up, even with no experience.
  • You will need to come with a working knowledge of 3d software and rendering, because this course is about processing those images. You could also use the techniques to process the renderings of others, or even photographs, if you want to do that instead.

*Course updated 12/11/2015 - Now includes PROJECT FILES bonus tips and tricks

*Recent feedback:

"If anybody is still wondering about getting this course or not than just stop and get it it's worth it and you won't get more informative lessons on post processing your renders that easy. Great work on the course, i enjoyed it!"

The Course

To become a true master of architectural visualization, or 3d in general, you have to understand good post-processing techniques. All the fancy renderings you see out there on the internet are processed in some way, usually Photoshop. Photoshop can be just as complicated to master as the 3d software, but it is equally as important for a striking image.

Follow me in this course, and you will get all my techniques for processing a 3d image. The course structure follows 4 major sections, all of them building upon each other. They are:

Basic processing of an image

  • setting up your renderings to give you the right channels / render elements
  • creating perfect selection sets
  • using render channels to enhance your scene
  • basic Photoshop adjustments

Advanced Compositing

  • use raw 32 bit render channels to composite a rendering from different elements
  • learn to have complete control over lighting in post
  • change your day rendering to night
  • turn off the sun in post
  • continue with a non-destructive workflow

Composite In Cutouts

  • learn to make people and other objects fit seamlessly into your scene

Final Touches

  • this is where I teach you everything I know to enhance your scene

If you are looking to take your rendering skills to the next level, this course is for you! Join up now, and in no time you will be a Photoshop expert, taking your architectural rendering from average to spectacular.

See you in class!

Who is the target audience?
  • You should take this course if you want to master Photoshop, and especially if you are training to become and architectural visualization specialist.
  • You can also use this course if you just want to know how to enhance imagery in Photoshop.
  • You shouldn't take this course if you are brand new to Photoshop or 3d rendering workflows. I have other courses to get you familiar with those things if you need them.
  • This course is perfect for those who know how to render, but are looking to take their renderings to the next level.
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Curriculum For This Course
42 Lectures
3 Lectures 09:52

I am a digital artist that has created imagery for many different formats, but my primary specialty is architectural visualization. This field requires an artist to be very well rounded. I have to know the entire 3d process from beginning to end, including animation tools, video editing, compositing software, etc.

Learn a little bit more about what I do in this video, and see some examples of my work. I think you will be impressed enough to want to know more about how I achieve my results.

Preview 03:16

This is not a beginning Photoshop course. I will expect you to know your way around, at least a little bit, in Photoshop. If you don't, feel free to join my other course on Photoshop. It is meant for beginners, and although it is specifically teaching how to paint, it will also teach the basic functions of Photoshop. The other option would be to join anyway, and pick things up as you go. You might feel a little bit overwhelmed at first, but eventually you should be able to follow along, especially if you are already computer savvy.

This is a comprehensive Photoshop course for all things architectural visualization. Arch viz artists need Photoshop every day, if they are doing their jobs correctly. This course teaches you everything you need to know to take your renderings to the next level. I'll give all the tips and techniques I know, which is a lot. I guarantee your renderings are going to be looking better after taking this course.

Preview 02:44

The course will have two distinct segments. The first will be processing jpeg images using adjustment layers, overlays, alpha channels, etc. The second segment will be about compositing an image using floating point (32 bit) render channels. If you don't understand that distinction, just follow the entire course. Both are necessary, and you will be glad that you understand all the techniques that are shared in both sections.

Preview 03:52
Proper Rendering Setup To Have Maximum Control In Photshop
9 Lectures 18:09

Here I will show you how to setup your model file to get the most out of your rendering in post.

V-Ray Render Channels Explained: Which Ones Do We Need & How Do We Set Them Up?

We will use the built in V-Ray and 3ds Max tools to create clean selection sets for ourselves, thus enabling more control in Photoshop to adjust colors, etc.

Creating and Rendering Selection Sets

In this lecture, I will show you how to setup up your Photoshop file, and then we are ready to go.

Import Your Channels and Set Them Up In Photoshop

Here I will revisit selection sets, because they can be very powerful when processing an image. I will show you more about how to use the built-in tools, and also show you a really handy script that makes things easier.

Preview 00:56

This video just shows how to load the script that we have downloaded. It also shows a little bit about UI customization inside of 3ds Max.

Loading TrackScripts - This Gives You Great Control in Photoshop

Here I will show how to use the trackscripts tool effectively.

Using TrackScripts To Generate Selections With MultiMatte Elements

Here I quickly demonstrate how to put the MultiMatte Render channels to use.

Preview 01:23

Here I will show you my Photoshop file, explain how I set it up, and show you how to get everything going so that you will be ready to process your renderings as well.

My Example Photoshop File, All Ready To Go

Render Setup Review .pdf
3 pages

Here we will review what you have learned so far. I want to make sure we are on the same page. If you do not understand something that we have gone over so far, please let me know in the discussion board. Also, some things I have shown you how to do, but we have not actually put them into use yet. The next section will start to bring everything together. Let's review before going forward.

Review Render Setup Section
3 questions
Post-Processing Your Still Shots in Photoshop --Time To Make Your Renderings Pop
10 Lectures 40:14

Let's get a feel for what you already know, then we will try to add to it in this section. Hopefully by the end of this section, the answer to these questions are very obvious.

Test Your Basic Post-Processing Knowledge
4 questions

Follow the link in this lecture to get my Photoshop files if you are interested in practicing with those.

Practice With My Project Files

Here I show you how to put the selection channels to use in Photoshop. In architectural visualization, it is often important to get materials and colors just right. This is a great way to fine tune without having to rerender.

Change Any Material Using Material Selection Sets

Here we use Photoshop and our selection sets to adjust the colors of the trees that were rendered out of 3ds Max. We use the color adjustments to bring all the colors and levels into harmony with each other.

Change The Color of The Trees In Post

In architectural visualization, it is common to composite your 3ds Max rendering into a photo background, or maybe just replace the sky. Photoshop makes that easy with the use of alpha channels.

Change The Background of Your Image: Composite In A New Sky

V-Ray gives us the capability of producing individual render channels out of 3ds Max. These can be very useful in Photoshop. Here we will begin to make use of them to enhance our architectural rendering.

Use Render Channels To Enhance Your Scene

Here we use more render channels. Self-Illumination and Reflection are both commonly used V-Ray render channels.

Reflection and Self-Illumination Channel

Here we examine the remaining V-Ray render channels.

Finishing Up Your Render Channel Adjustments

Section Wrap-up
Compositing A Complete Image Using Render Channels - Have Complete Control
7 Lectures 26:44
Section Intro. Hint: It's Going To Be Awesome!

How much do you already know about compositing an image from 32-bit render channels in Photoshop? Let's find out. Then, I will give you all the knowledge you need to master it, so don't feel bad if you don't know the answers yet.

Test Your Knowledge of Compositing
4 questions

Working With 32bit, Floating Point Images

Turn Day Into Night

Change The Channel

Finishing Up Your Composited Image

Non-Destructive Workflow: Collapse Everything To A Smart Object

Compositing In Billboard Images
2 Lectures 16:40

Viz People

Here we will start to use Photoshop to composite in people. I will teach you the techniques you need, and they will translate to other types of cutout images as well.

Adding People To Your Scene In Photoshop

More tips for adding and editing 2d cutouts into your scene. This video will help you to make sure they really fit into your scene.

Making 2d Cutouts Fit Into Your Scene
Finishing Touches - All My Secrets For an Awesome Post-Processed Image
8 Lectures 40:45

In this section, we will continue processing the image. Here you will put on all the final touches in Photoshop.

Section Preview

Curves are a very powerful tool in Photoshop. For post-processing architectural images, I use them to edit color and contrast. This video shows how.

Check Out Those Curves! - Using Curves Adjustments in Photoshop

More Photoshop adjustments, using adjustment layers to enhance the scene.

Fine Tuning Colors and Other Adjustments

Blending modes are also an important part of post-processing your architectural images in Photoshop. One that I use in particular is the Overlay blending mode. This video demonstrates its power.

Color Overlays: Dramatically Enhance The Mood Of Your Scene

More about blending modes and Overlays.

Color Overlays, Part II

Instead of rendering lens effects out of 3ds Max, you can just add them in using Photoshop, my preferred method. It is easy. I'll show you how.

Adding Lens Effects: Lens Flare For Long Exposure Images

A few more finishing touches. We'll go over sharpening, blurring, vignetting, and chromatic aberration using Photoshop.

The Final Touches

Our image is done, thank you. Make sure to check out the bonus course to find out where to go next.

Section Wrap
BONUS: More Pro Tips
1 Lecture 07:52

This video is a breakdown of all my Photoshop work on an actual project. I briefly go through each layer and show its effect on the overall layer. I think it will be helpful to show you what a professional workflow actually looks like, and to demonstrate again how dramatic of an effect Photoshop can have.

Preview 07:52
About the Instructor
Adam Zollinger
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26,831 Students
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Digital Artist & Instructor - 3ds Max / V-Ray / Photoshop

Digital Artist - 3ds Max & Photoshop

Adam has been working as a professional (and award winning) 3d artist for over 10 years, but his expertise does not stop there. He has also authored / illustrated a children's book, and created graphics for numerous mobile games. He has expert knowledge in the following programs:

  • 3ds Max
  • Mudbox
  • Photoshop
  • V-Ray
  • After Effects
  • Various other software programs and plugins

Most importantly, he has dedicated himself to lifelong learning, and he loves to teach others as well.

From the artist:

"I mostly work in the Architectural Visualization industry. This a career which I almost entirely taught myself, and have perfected over several years. In order to save you the trouble of learning the hard way, like I did, I wan't to offer my expertise to you."

Join one of Adam's courses today to benefit from his years of experience creating high-end, professional graphics.

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