Review: PixelSquid

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

(Image: © David Cousens)

Our Verdict

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

For

  • Easy to use
  • Themed collections available
  • Free

Against

  • Trickier to use on older Photoshops

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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. 

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The Verdict
5

out of 10

Review: PixelSquid

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

David Cousens

David Cousens is an illustrator and author who specialises in character design, comics and editorial illustration. He's written books and articles teaching digital art, and has provided illustrations for a diverse portfolio of clients, including Adobe, Apple, the BBC, Adidas, Macmillan Publishing, Simon & Schuster and more. He has written articles for ImagineFX, and is also the creator and co-creator of multiple original comics.