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How to use Trila to get your 3D models into Photoshop

Trila helps you convert 3D content into something you can actually publish. In a few steps you'll have a 3D model you can use in Office 365, Photoshop, Facebook, Snapchat, Wikipedia, Unity or your webpage. No expensive 3D software or training needed. Watch the intro video here.

In this guide we'll tell you where to download 3D models, how to use Trila to convert them and how to import them into Photoshop.

There is a great variety of 3D models that can be downloaded from the internet. Many of these are free or can be purchased at a very reasonable price. When downloading 3D content always make sure that you respect the author's usage license.

Here are some sites that have a huge amount of 3D content:

Let's start by downloading a 3D model from Yobi3D. Yobi3D is a search engine for 3D content that aggregates from various sources. Clicking on a search result usually takes you to an external site where the model can be downloaded. For this example we've chosen an iPhone 5S 3D model by Clara.io user justinjohny

Fig1. - Searching for iPhone 3D models on Yobi3D
Fig2. - iPhone 3D model on Yobi3D

Download the 3D model and go to Trila to upload the model. Trila accepts single 3D models as well as archives (zip, rar, 7z) that contain both the 3D model and its textures. Hit the "Choose a file" button and navigate to your downloaded 3D content.

Fig3. - Upload your 3D model to Trila

Once you have selected your file you can choose the application or platform you're targeting. In this example we'll choose Photoshop.

Fig4. - Choose Photoshop as the target application

Next up are the optimization & cleanup options. Selecting 'yes' will perform automatic cleaning and will slightly reduce the size of the 3D model and its textures. 'No' will skip this step and 'Advanced Options' will allow you to reduce the size (and quality) even further. In this example we will choose 'no'.

Fig5. - Choose Photoshop as the target application

We're all set to start the conversion process. Hit the 'Upload' button and wait for the upload to finish. Your 3D model will be put in the conversion queue and you will receive an email once this process has finished.

Fig6. - Uploading the 3D model to Trila

The email (be sure to check your spam folder!) contains a link to the download page. Hit the 'Download' button to download your model. Make sure to unzip the file to your hard drive.

Fig7. - The download page

Open Photoshop and navigate to '3D > New 3D Layer From File...'.

Fig8. - Creating a new 3D layer in Photoshop

This will open a dialog in which you can select the file that contains the 3D model. Navigate to the Collada (.dae) file that was extracted to your hard drive.

Fig9. - Opening the Collada (.dae) file

The dimensions of a 3D file are not always correct. You can adjust this in the new 3D layer dialog.

Fig10. - The imported 3D model in Photoshop

Hit 'OK' and the 3D model will appear in Photoshop. Here you can perform basic operations like rotate, translate and scale. You can also change colors and textures.

Fig11. - Rendering the 3D model in Photoshop

You can render the 3D model when you're happy with the way it looks.

Fig12. - Changing the dimensions of the 3D model
Fig13. - The rendered image in Photoshop

And there you have it. You can now make use of an almost infinite inventory of 3D objects to enrich your Photoshop designs.

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