Simple 3D Excitingly Easy
Photoshop [Ps] is certainly a wonderful tool in interior design. It can fairly accurately portray colours, sizes, placement, etc. on a flat, two-dimensional [2D] surface — or plane. But, it’s terrible at portraying the 3D environment.
I reviewed a few of the tutorials at the Google site but when it came time to draw the first exercise [a simple chair], I dug right in & started with my project table. The first base unit I tried was the kitchen end — just a few errors, so it’s a little out-of-whack. 😐
- I didn’t know where to place my cursor in the top left corner so I was ¾” in [width of my plywood] on both sides — thus the top shelf appears to have a wider border.
- There’s a point when you’re pushing a piece that you can make it disappear [like all the shelves on the other unit] but when I made the lower shelf, I ended up pushing the space onto another plane [the blue box coming out the back of the first unit].
- Somehow or another I made the first unit too wide — don’t ask me!
- I tried to find a way to move or edit my rectangles & boxes but anything I tried created new planes or other weird shapes I didn’t want.
😉 I can turn one of those mistakes into a design feature — if I say that the blue box represents the space the glass from the base unit can take up under the tabletop. Ya know “I designed it that way.” 😎
I got the rectangles for the second unit closer to the edge so it’s more accurate that way, but the exact measurements are still off — need to work on that. But the pushing went well & all three shelves portray the open back.
I found it very easy to understand Google SketchUp concepts & start drawing — I think it took me longer to write about the process than to actually create the drawing.
For me to show all the sides of a project in Ps, I must redraw it each time. I easily created these various views by simply orbiting around the finished table — although, sometimes the lines can be a little wobbly if I don’t get the angle right when I take the screen shot! 😛
But look, we can even see underneath. 😉
My carpenter is quite happy with the results –> “Oh, if you’d given me that diagram at the start I would’ve had a better understanding of what you wanted.“
Well, there’s so much more to learn — especially getting the exact measurements. But I think I’ll be using this software a lot — it’s so much easier for our poor human brains to understand the multi-dimensional drawings.
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