Today’s guest contributor is Jeffrey Farmer who created this fun tutorial using Photoshop Extended, just because. Check out more of Jeff’s work on his Website and Vimeo.

Even folks in the creative industry need a creative outlet. The opportunity to experiment, have fun, and simply “create” for the sake of creation, is what ultimately helps fuel and rejuvenate us for the 9 to 5 stuff. All work and no play makes Jack a dull creative and that’s why the importance of personal projects can never be overstated. Such was the case with this little project.


While photographing a blown-glass lid for an unrelated project, one image in particular, caught my attention. The proverbial light bulb went off and I was immediately challenged to turn that object into something completely different.



The resulting clip was created using a decorative, glass jar lid, a Canon T2i, Photoshop CS5 & CS6 (Extended), Motion, and Sketch-Up. While we used a glass bulb for this project, a number of various objects, from a close-up of a textured, stone drinking coaster to the surface of a crusty, French baguette could have been used. Ingenuity is key in the selection of your textures.

One of the goals of this project was to create as much of it as possible without leaving Photoshop Extended. (Using PS “Extended” is key, as far as being able to animate 3D objects.) Yes, it would have been easier to use particle emitters in Motion or After Effects, but again, the self-imposed goal was to stay in Photoshop as much as possible. The only thing that was actually animated in Motion was the L. to R. panning of the background plate, because I wanted an ease-in, ease-out motion. (To the best of my knowledge, that is not an option with keyframes in Photoshop.)


Enjoy the tutorial, get your creative juices flowing, and then go make something fun!