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Is it possible to create 3D-looking objects in Elements?

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Q&A, by Mark White
January 13, 2017

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3D-specific tools are only available in Photoshop, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create objects that look as though they are 3D in Elements.

For this patch of earth, all that is used is a stock photo of some dirt. Select a rectangle and use the Transform tool to skew the earth slightly; do so on the other side, and then add clipping masks of black and white Overlay layers to either side to give the object light and shade. Select a square of ‘dirt.jpg’ from the FileSilo, and transform so it fits on top of the sides you’ve created. If you wish to create a curved object, clip a black to white layer set to Overlay.

For the rest of this image, add ‘grass.jpg’, hit mask and invert (Cmd/Ctrl+I). Then, with an 8px white brush, mask blades of grass in, and duplicate this image across the top of the earth cube. Add the cat and mask, and finally mask in the butterfly.