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5 Tips for Creating Beautiful 3D Origami in Photoshop

Origami is the art of folding paper to create all sorts of objects. But origami is more than just cute paper animals!

Looking to bring origami to life on a computer screen? If so, now’s your chance to learn about creating 3D origami objects. Using Photoshop, you can create modern designs that showcase the sharp geometric lines that origami is known for.

You can use these objects for your logo or for an image on your company website. The options are endless!

Read on for tips for creating these awesome 3D images.

1. Create a Background

The background you create sets the stage for your image. Use a subtle background that allows the 3D origami object to be the focal point.

You’ll want to avoid:

  • Bright colors
  • Flashy gradients
  • Patterns
  • Textures

Instead, stick to neutral colors.

Don’t want a solid background? Create a radial gradient that blends from white to light gray. This background isn’t bland but is still subtle enough for your 3D image.

2. Choose an Origami Shape

There are an endless amount of origami shapes that you can use. Determine the shape you want and then find an image you can trace.

If you want to be super unique, use easy origami instructions to create your own shape.

Once you have a folded stock image, you’ll need to turn the image into layers.

Using the Pen Tool in Pen Mode, trace the image and break down each section into its own shape. Be sure to set your fill to white and your stroke to 1px black.

3. Fill the 3D Origami Shape

Now it’s time for the fun part – filling the shape!

Here you can use any pattern or paper that you want. Photoshop offers several patterns and textures.

But, if you want a unique pattern, there are plenty of free Photoshop patterns available.

4. Add Realism

Once the shape is filled, chances are the image will look quite flat.

The key to creating 3D origami is to make it look realistic. To add depth to the image, shadows are a must.

To add shadows, create a linear black to transparent gradient. Be sure to set the opacity to around 30%.

Now you’ll want to add a clipping mask layer to each layer of the origami piece.

Within the newly created layers, add the gradient. This will give each piece of the origami image depth and perspective.

5. Finishing Touches

Shadows are one piece of the final product. Before finishing your origami image, there are several enhancements to consider. These include:

use a variety of finishing touches. Depending on your creation, you will want to add:

  • Inner shadow
  • Inner glow
  • Gradient overlays
  • Satin effect

With these finishing touches, your 3D design will be complete!

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