Design is easy with 3D Modeling in Adobe Dimension!

Have you ever heard of Adobe Dimension CC? Have you ever wanted to try 3D modeling? Dimension is a 3D design software using photorealistic technology that allows you to build product mockups, test environment backgrounds, and test out different light settings. It’s an easy program to learn, so if you are interested in design or 3D software, give it a try! Or if you are starting your own business and want to build a mockup of your product! 

  1. I first started by making a logo in Photoshop, that will later be placed onto my product package.


  1. When you open Dimension, the program will run you through a quick tutorial of all of the buttons and features. The toolbar on the left has multiple tools to see the scale, rotation, move tool, and more. Play around with those!Screen Shot 2018-03-01 at 9.53.05 AM.png


  1. In the Design palette you are able to pick a 3D shape that you will then manipulate on the stage. They have various packaging options like a pouch, jar, coffee cup, boxes, and even different marketing strategies like bus stops and billboards! For this example, I picked the food pouch and began changing the overall color to a beige/tan, simulating a recycled feel and texture. You can also use the color palette to pick RGB or hex colors that already match your logo colors. 


  1. I then placed in my logo from Photoshop and centered the logo on the bag. You are able to rotate the logo and place other images or objects on the 3D model. This is a great way to visualize what your product will look like before actually having it manufactured.Screen Shot 2018-03-01 at 10.52.25 AM.png 
  2. Since this program is geared towards creating product mockups, you are also able to view your product in different settings and backgrounds. Like a studio, coffee shop, or where you might see your product be used in the future. I chose a white background with a wooden desk. I wanted this to match my hypothetical marketing message, for this “modern hipster” tea. I also played around with the different light settings, and I settled on a studio lighting preset. 

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  1. Once you are done and ready to view your final mockup, go up to the left and click “Render”. This will export your 3D model to Photoshop to further edit, or save as a PNG to your Documents. This can then be implemented into a presentation pitch or sent directly to your boss at work.


Boom! You’re done! This 3D modeling mockup took me about 30 minutes to make. I would highly recommend trying out Dimension if you are thinking of producing and marketing a product. Thank you for tuning into Pt. 5 of my series using Adobe software!

Learn more here about Adobe Dimension CC.

*Adobe Creative Cloud can be downloaded for free for University of Maryland students through TerpWare. UMCP students also have free access to tutorials!*

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