3D Fishtank

3D Fishtank. 3 hours project

Once superintendant of the building I live, got to the sea and caught Goldfish. The little one started to ask bastard let her go. She promiced to fulfil any three wishes, that come to his head. He thought for a while and then exclaimed:

– I wish to have lips much larger, than I have!

In a turn of a second his lips were really huge… Super was out of his excitment. He flapped his lips over and over again. And Goldfish reminded him to think the second wish.

– I wish to have my nose twice larger!

Super touched his nose and was about to jump of a pleasure feeling trunk-size thing.

And Goldfish demanded for a third and the last wish. This time super thought a lot and finally got a final decision:

– I wish my ears were thrice larger!

And in a blink of an eye his ears became a size of a two parachutes. My super was so damn happy when he looked in his pocket mirror. He became really happy, as he never was. And Goldfish asked my super a question right before to leave:

– Listen, sucker! All people ask for business luck, good health, for money after all… what about you, why couldn’t you ask the same?

– Could I? – mumbled surprized super.

I got to ask my Goldfish about something different, I will need to think a bit…



1. There’s nothing exciting about creation of a simple black dot. I say it suppose to be large, really big! That’s how I started build a home for my little fishie.


2. From the supplied picture you can see how spherical aquarium was designed. Also, I created three more shapes: topmost will serve as tank opening, middle will be water surface and last, half-spherical one, will be a water.

3. Here’s how same objects look like after I applied complicated Layer Styles to all of them
4. You can see detailed information of each effect applied to aquarium parts to make them look "glassy"’
5. In this step I added 3-legged stand, which wire parts was made by stroking Path and leaf-like holders are Emboss-effected things.
6. My Goldfish skin texture was made of design of small black’n’white gradational circles. I named it "okg – Fish Scale 07" and you can use this pattern for your own projects – click with right mouse buttton on corresponding picture and chose Copy. Open Photoshop and Paste in New Document. Select cells as shown on the provided image and go to Edit -> Define Pattern. If I were you, I’d honor someone who created this pattern and name after him…
7. I added some objects (each was made on its own Layers) and applied various Layer Styles. In most cases it was Bevel and Emboss. After all it is #1 effect to create 3d effects. For example: stomach was made of the edge blurred ellipse with applied Bevel and Emboss Layer Style as well.
8. Interesting thing was done in a case to create Goldfish tail and fins texture. First I created New Layer and filled in white. Than I evenly devided it by half with Rectangular Marquee Selection Tool and fill in black I deselected all(Control+D). And applied Wind Filter 4 or 5 times… heck, maybe more. Then I changed Layer mode to Multiply to see though the white are and copied this Layer two times. Original was for tail, one of duplicated for top fin and second for lower fins. And set all of the textured Layers as a Clipping Mask to fins and tail Layers.
9. Next step was case of a fun. I assembled all my Gold Fishie parts together to get(you have to accept my statement) quite a nice result.
10. As always, the rest of things were matter of time and technique. Tell you the truth, I was awfully bored making those tiny thingsā€¦ But give me some credit – I finally finished this project.
11. I pasted assembled Gold fish to a her new home and set its Layer to Overlay mode. domain name appraisals . I am still thinking about my three wishes. What about ya?

Written by okgrafix on April 14th, 2007 with 6 comments.
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Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com RAJESH MEHTA
#1. July 4th, 2007, at 6:15 AM.

It is amazing & mind blowing.

Rajesh Mehta

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#2. July 10th, 2007, at 8:10 AM.

very very very nice
you are professional
how do you draw the fish

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#3. July 10th, 2007, at 8:14 AM.

i am sorry i mean how you did draw

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#4. July 11th, 2007, at 1:24 PM.

Thank you guys for your feedback and nice words. Talking about “how I drew images”… there’s nothing tricky – with a help of Wacom pen. If you need more specific details – please let me know and I will add it to the description of this a or that particular lesson.

I started to draw animals when I was 3 or 4 y.o. So, I consider myself an animalist. I learn a lot from Gottfried Bammes(famous German human and animal anatomy teacher) and from constant exercises. To draw any animal isn’t hard to me – I can do it with my eyes closed, but even though, sometimes I need some kind of references. And there are plenty of them out there on the Internet!

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#5. November 6th, 2007, at 4:03 AM.

Wiiii, nice

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#6. February 10th, 2008, at 5:59 AM.

excellent work

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