I am frankly surprised that I haven’t seen more emphasis on using the native 3D tools in PS… I’m not sure whether this is just because people haven’t caught on, or it’s such a small niche that nobody really cares (and those that do already know how to get what they want). This is such a novel thing to do in PS that I really hope it takes off, because I can see all kinds of potential for photographers and illustrators to fold in some really nice techniques to their existing work. If nothing else, it’s nice to be able to use 3D tools for previsualization, drawing guides, and quick scene mockups.
Anyway, I hope you like this tutorial. Part one is free, parts two and three are for pay.