Simon Wild is an illustrator with a passion for telling whimsical little stories. Using drawing, collage and digital ink, Simon is inspired by play, travel and film soundtracks, creating a world of colourful explosions and childlike expressions. A love of the fantastical is a recurring theme in his work. He has worked for clients such as Macmillan Children’s Books, The Big Chill festival ActionAid and Tate Britain.

Pop-up illustrations have always been traditionally reserved for children’s books, although often admired for their tactile and physical qualities. It is now widely accepted for illustrators and designers working across the creative industry to adopt pop-up and 3D techniques to add flair to their visual concepts.

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Pop-ups can add a sense of playfulness to your work. They can also offer an element of surprise and interaction – and it can be very exciting to open out a pop-up spread and see the artwork spring to life in front of your eyes.

In this tutorial you will explore how to combine Photoshop’s tools with traditional pop-up techniques as a starting point to plan, modify and transform your 2D artwork into a fully functional pop-up spread. With practice and a little more experimentation you can go on to create elaborate 3D masterpieces that breath new life into your artwork, literally giving it a new dimension.

Time to complete

2 hours


Adobe Photoshop

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