How To Exit 3D Mode In Photoshop?

Photoshop has an array of options and tools that you should consider exploring. You may sometimes click on an option out of curiosity and get stuck in a rut. There is no way back because you need to know more about how to exit this. This often happens to users when they switch to 3D mode. We will show you how to slide through this problem when you are faced with it.

The Windows -> Workspace option from where you switched to 3D mode has another option called “Essentials (Default)” that takes you back to the default mode of Photoshop. The default mode is 2D, and you exit the 3D object you were viewing.

If you are still confused, let us dive deep into the world of 3D in Photoshop and figure this out together. 

2D Mode In Photoshop

The 2D mode is the default setting in Photoshop and most other animation or illustration software. The image display is flat on the screen and has two dimensions: width and length. 

3D Mode In Photoshop

The 3D mode shows the object in a 3D view. It has three dimensions to it: length, width, and height. This allows users to create 3D animations or illustrations far more interactive than 2D art. They also have more depth to them and let users be more creative. 

In the newer versions of Photoshop, the 3D features are being discontinued. 

Exiting 3D Mode In Photoshop 

Follow these instructions to exit 3D mode in Photoshop:

  1. Go to the “Windows” menu. 
  2. Go to “Workspace.”
  3. In the menu that follows, select “Essentials (Default).”
  4. This will take you back to the canvas that you were viewing. 

For further information and directions: 

Photoshop CC – How To Exit 3D Mode 

How To Convert A 3D Object Into A 2D Object?

Follow the instructions to turn an object into an image:

  1. Select the layer you wish to change
  2. Then choose the “Flatten object” option.
  3. All the layers merge into one layer. 

Convert A 2D Image Into A 3D Shape

If you have a 2D image that you would like to add more life to by giving it a third dimension, follow these steps:

  1. Decide which layer of the object you want to convert.
  2. Select this layer.
  3. Select 3D and then “New shape from the layer.” 
  4. A menu to choose shapes would appear. Choose the shape you prefer out of the options (cylinder, cone, sphere, cube, donut, hat, etc.).
  5. Your 3D object is now ready to be exported.

Why Are 3D Features Being Discontinued In Photoshop?

Photoshop has readily embraced the advancements in technology. As operating systems progressed, improved performance and graphics improved on typical systems. As a result, Photoshop introduced its 3D features ten years ago.

However, over time as systems have further gotten closer to perfection, the 3D features in Photoshop began experiencing technical issues. Adobe decided it was time to discontinue these features. 

Adobe has been working on other software that works with 3D features. Their Substance line is entirely dedicated to 3D art while also supporting 2D models. If you are interested in those, check the Substance products out. 

How To Open The 3D Menu In Photoshop?

Search for the tab labeled “windows” at the top of your screen. This should be next to “plugins.” Click on it; a dropdown menu will show. The second option is labeled 3D. Clicking on this will take you to the 3D mode. 

How To Reset Workspace In Photoshop? 

If you have been playing around with the windows on your screen in Photoshop and you are lost, you should reset your workspace. To get the uncluttered, clean space that Photoshop provides by default, go to the “Windows” option. Go to “workspace.” 

In the following dropdown, there is an option labeled “Reset Essentials.” Click on this, and your entire workspace will be reset to default. 

What Does Exiting 3D Mode Do To The Item On The Canvas?

If you have an object open in 3D view and you turn the 3D mode off, Photoshop will take you back to the 2D image from which the 3D view was created. The shape from the image will be removed. 


This Adobe software is daunting, but it provides you with many opportunities to create what you like. To make the most of the software, do not hesitate to follow our guides for help.