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How I Made: A Custom iPhone Case in Photoshop


This tutorial is part of the "How I Made" series, written by designers in the Shapeways community to share their unique perspectives, design processes, tips, tricks, and tools.

With Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC), artists, photographers and designers can now 3D print directly from Photoshop.

Designer Paul Trani, Adobe Senior Creative Cloud Evangelist, walks you through how he created his own custom iPhone case with a message that he lives and breathes: "Create Now"! Paul takes you through the process of creating or importing a design, choosing your material, preparing the file for printing, customizing an iPhone case with that design, and 3D printing directly from Photoshop.

If you prefer to read how to design your own custom iPhone case in Photoshop to 3D print it, you can follow along here:

1. Once you've opened your file, select and extrude a layer by selecting "3D" from the menu and then "New 3D Extrusion from Selected Layer" from the dropdown.

2. The workspace may now automatically change to 3D but if not, you can do it by selecting "Window" from menu then "Workspace" and "Reset 3D" from dropdown. Once you do this, you'll see a 3D panel and Properties panel, which enable you to switch views, adjust depth, and more.

3. In the Properties panel, you'll want to change the coordinates to inches so you can get an accurate measurement of the object size.

4. Now go to "3D Print Settings" by selecting "3D" on menu. (This will take you to the Properties panel with 3D print option selected.

5. Make sure it's set to print to "Shapeways.com."

6. Next, select the type of print material. (You can always change this later.)

7. Now you can Start Print by clicking the icon on the right.

8. Once your model is ready for 3D print, an estimated price in the selected material will populate. On the bottom right of this screen, you'll see the Export button. Click it to proceed.

9. You'll be automatically taken to Shapeways where you can upload your file.

10. Once you upload your image, you can view it here and you can also change the material.

It's that easy! There is of course plenty more you can do with your design. The video tutorial goes on to explain that you can get models and meshes from external sources, manipulate your model through external software, and more.

If you would like to learn more, check out this Photoshop Creative Cloud Course on 3D Printing From by Adobe that takes you through each step using a downloaded sample file. Or if you want to jump right in, simply try it with your own model!

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