Make 3d Animations Using Photoshop

Animate 3D objects using Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop has for many years been a major player in the graphics and photo editing fields. It is often used for ads, signs and other 2D applications. With the help of its ImageReady companion application, you can also create simple animation. However, with the introduction of Photoshop CS3 Extended, the animation function was included in the Photoshop application itself. In addition, it became possible to import 3D shapes like spheres, cubes or other objects and animate with them as well.


1. Go to a site like Renderosity or TurboSquid and download a model (free or for a fee) that you can use. A sphere will work perfectly for this. Make sure it is in a commonly used format like 3DS or Wavefront OBJ.

2. Open Photoshop. Select “File” from the menu and choose “Open.” In the dialog that appears, locate the 3D model you downloaded and open it.

3. Select “Window” from the menu and choose “Animation.” Go to the timeline at the bottom and click on the “Duplicate Frame” button.

4. Select the first frame in the timeline. Use the “Move” tool to place the 3D object where you want it to be at the beginning of the animation. Then set the position in the second frame.

5. Click on the “Tweening” button at the bottom of the timeline. In the dialog that appears, enter the number of frames that you want to add between the first and last frames. Click “OK.”

6. Go to the bottom of each frame and choose the “Frame Delay” to set how long each will appear in the animation.

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7. Select “File” from the menu and choose “Save for Web or Devices.” In the dialog that appears, set “GIF” as the file type and click “Save.” Name your file and save it.