See how Lidia Lukianova takes a 2D image and applies it to a product mockup—using the 3D workspace in Adobe Photoshop for product packaging design.

Headshot of Kendall Plant

 

Lidia Lukianova is an artist and designer with a passion for illustration. Her design work includes all kinds of projects from identity and illustration to lettering and animation.

Soda can with label including a branch with orange fruit and green leaves with product name of ‘White Tea’ on pink background

Take a one-minute look at Lukianova’s technique; the steps are written out below.

Before You Start

Use this sample image if you’d like, or practice with your own.

Step 1: Merge the Layers

Lukianova started by flattening the layers into a single image using the flyout menu on the Layers panel.

‘White Tea’ text on background of oranges and green leaves, Layers panel shows “Flatten Image” selected from flyout menu

Step 2: Pick your Product

She then selected the product packaging she wanted from the available presets (3D > New Mesh From Layer > Mesh Preset > Soda).

Soda can with 2D image label wrapped around it set in a 3D workspace, list of 3D presets with “Soda” selected on the right

Step 3: Change Your Viewpoint

Lukianova used Orbit the 3D Camera tool in the 3D workspace (Window > Workspace > 3D) to control her view of the can. She set the scene to Current View from the 3D panel (Window > 3D), then dragged in different directions to change her view of the can within the space.

Can is angled, 3D mode options menu at the top with Orbit the 3D Camera tool selected, 3D panel shows current view selected

Step 4: Upsize Your Design 

To resize the can, she clicked on it to show the 3D axis. Then she dragged the center of the cube up and down to scale the can the way she wanted.

3D axis tool: green line is y-axis, red is x, and blue is z; 3D panel shows Label_material and cap_material under the soda

Step 5: Give It a Spin

Lukianova hovered over the red y-axis marker until the yellow circle appeared. Then she dragged to rotate the can to the right for better positioning.

Yellow circle crosses x and z-axis, the can is rotated to the right

Step 6: Move It on Its Axis

She moved the can within the space by dragging the conical tip on each axis point.

Yellow cone appears at the top of Y-axis on the can

Step 7: Fabricate the Material

The 3D panel has options to apply a more realistic finish to the product. Lukianova selected Label_Material under the Soda category then adjusted the settings.

3D panel shows Label_material selected, Properties panel shows Glow=11%, Metallic=18%, Roughness=40%

Step 8: Turn On the Light

Lukianova completed the composition with the light angle. She selected Infinite Light from the 3D panel and moved the knob to change the direction of the light. She then adjusted the color and softened the shadow by moving the slider. When she was happy with the results, she clicked Render.

3D panel shows infinite light setting selected; Properties panel shows Color=white, intensity=90%, Shadow is checked, softness is 16%, and Render icon selected

Give It Some Background

Add a simple background to your product designs to make them stand out.

3D soda can with product packing design appears on a pink background

Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.

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