Cube Shapes With Pictures in Photoshop

    ●   Create an "Isometric" square with Gradients and Pictures.

Learn About:

Free Transform Tool Skew Gradient Tool

  •   This tutorial is part of the Drag and Drop and Picture Perfect Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

Step #1: Open a New Blank Document in PhotoShop ~

Go to: File > New and open a new document with these settings:

Step #2: Draw a Perfect Square ~

Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (m) …

… holding Shift shift key draw a square on the screen.

Holding the Shift key down keeps the shape perfectly square.

Step #3: Gradient Tool ~

Select the Gradient Tool which is behind the Paint Bucket

… pick a gradient from the Gradient Picker in the Menu Bar …

… and drag the gradient across the shape.

Hit the keyboard shortcut Cmd(⌘)+D to deselect the marching ants …

Step #4: Free Transform ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘) + T + then Right-Click and select Skew …


… tweak the shape like this:

Hit Enter enter or the check mark when you're done.

Step #5: Make a Copy ~

Duplicate the layer by Right-Clicking.

Step #6: Cmd (⌘)+ T Again ~

With the dupicate layer selected, hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T again, Right-Click and select Flip Horizontal.

Step #7: Adjust the Shapes ~

Adjust the shapes like this:

Step #8: Make the Top ~

Create a New Layer

new layer

…and, with the Rectangular Marquee tool, draw another square shape.

Step #9: Tweak the Top ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T again, but this time, hold Cmd(⌘) down …

Step #10: Your Portraits ~

Open at least 3 of your portraits or best work from this class (open them all in PhotoShop even if they're originally done in Illustrator) …

… go to: File > Save for Web & Devices

save for web

… and save them a .jpgs.

Step #11: Make Another Cube ~

Now that you know how to manipulate shapes using Cmd(⌘)+T, make a cube out of portraits the same way.

cube example

Step #12: Insert the Cube in your Portfolio …

Attach the .jpg to your portfolio.

Last Step: The Link ~

If you're using your portfolio, navigate to the EXACT PAGE in your browser where your files and reflections are posted …

… copy the URL address of your page …

    ●   Then paste the URL address of THE SPECIFIC PAGE of your Portfolio so that when the link is clicked, it takes you directly to the example on your website.

Remember: Paste the address into your reply so when the link is clicked it goes directly to the page that contains your evidence.

Attach your .psd File Too ~

Also attach your colpleted .psd file too!