Review: PixelSquid

Manipulate a library of excellent 3D objects in Photoshop without needing any 3D experience.

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Our Verdict

PixelSquid is perfect for making comp images, and it's free; you should download it immediately.


  • Easy to use
  • Themed collections available
  • Free


  • Trickier to use on older Photoshops

PixelSquid is a Photoshop plugin that enables you to add, place and rotate photorealistic 3D objects directly. Helpfully, you don't have to worry about needing to know anything at all 3D related, because although you're rotating the images in Photoshop, they're still just 2D Smart Objects.

There are thousands of high-quality photo-based images in the PixelSquid library, and each of these "spinnable" objects are editable and adaptable. You can have up to 100 items in your lightbox at any one time and can replace them with more objects from the website. Objects in your library can then be added to your compositions in Photoshop. Each object in the library is available at any angle and as either transparent PNG or layered PSD files. 

PixelSquid's collection of models can be used for reference drawings and working out how something looks from more tricky angles.

Those working in versions older than Photoshop CC 2014 will need to rely on the PixelSquid website to find an object, get the perfect angle for your design, then download the file. But if you're running a new version, it's much better to use the plugin as you can resize the Smart Object and tweak its rotation within your Photoshop document. Once satisfied, you can download a high-resolution PNG or a PSD file. The PSD files have a range of options to make editing them even easier and you can edit sections by selecting their base colours.

PixelSquid is a great asset for making photo comp images, using the models as drawing aids to be used as roughs to help you visualise an image, or as part of a paintover piece. Essentially, it's awesome and it's free. You should download it right now.

The Verdict


out of 10

Review: PixelSquid

PixelSquid is perfect for making comp images, and it's free; you should download it immediately.