Create A Cool 3d Text Scene.

In this tutorial i will show you how to create a cool 3d text effect in photoshop.  This is a cool effect that you can use  for party flyers or something. I advice you to first know the basics of photoshop, before you do this tutorial.

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Open a new photoshop file, i created a 600px by 600px file and set the resolution to 72. After that i have added a gradient to the background layer.

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Now create the text you would like to appear in 3d, make sure you create every letter on an new text layer. And move the letters around. Something like this:
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Select the Move Tool “Press V” and rotate the letters to different directions to create a playfull look.3d 2

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Now select 1 letter, so lets select the letter “F” and press “ALT + left arrow on your keyboard” and do this like 7 times.
You will now see that you have created 7 layer copies of the “F text layer” and that they all moved a little bit to the left.
You can create more if you want, for a deeper 3d effect.

Your letter looks something like this.
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You can see a lot of copy layers in your layer panel.
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Select the last copied layer, in my case this is “F copy 7”. And ad a gradient to it.
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This is how your letter will look like:
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Repeat STEP 3 and STEP 4 to get the same effect to all of your letters. Try different settings for every letter. So dont do “ALT + LEFT” for all your letters in STEP 3, try ALT + UP or RIGHT or DOWN. Just play with it. I also used different gradient colors for the letters. I ended up with this:
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As you can see in my layer panel i also created some layer groups, to keep the layers ordered.


The letters are very basic now, so i also added a pattern to all of my letters.
To add a patern make sure you lower the opacity of your gradient.
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I used different patterns and ended up with this.
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You can download some nice patterns HERE.

Now lets add some shadow and some satin to the text. To do this you need to merge all the layers together except the top layer, see the screenshots below. So select the layers and press “CTRL + E” to merge the layers together.
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Now go to the “layer style” of the merged layer, and add some shadow and satin to the layer.
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Here you see Shadow and Satin added to the letter F.3d 13

Here i have add it to all the letters. The letters look a lot more 3d now.
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To finish the text i have added a stroke to the letters. Add a 2 pixel stroke to the “top layer/colored layer” and a 1 pixel stroke to the (bottom layer) background layer. See the screenshot below.
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Now we have all the basics. It’s up to your imagination to create something  special and unique.

These are some options you can add:

1. Change the background by placing a big spiral brush.
Add a new layer on top of the background layer, press B and pick a big spiral brush to fill it. Also set the opacity to 6%.
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You can also add a paint splash on a new layer, using the Brush Tool “B”. For some cool brushes take a look at
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Now it looks like this:
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As final touch you can add a layer on top of all the other layers, and filled it with black using the Paint bucket Tool “G”.
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Then take the Eraser Tool “E” and selected a 550pixel Soft Round eraser.
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And click 2 times in the middle.
1 click:
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2 clicks:
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Also set the opacity of this layer to 70%.

You are done, you have created a Cool 3d Text Scene.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
If you have questions or would like to show of your creation, feel free to leave a comment.

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    Posted by i-day on October 2, 2009 at 6:09 am

    nice tuts..thanks so much..

    Posted by Grafikerler on October 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks.very good…

    Posted by agon on October 11, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    thnx dude…sweet and simple…

    Posted by Gud on November 1, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I wan’t your white brush, can’t find it. pls upload a link.

    Posted by chris on November 1, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Thank you all.

    #GUD: I dont know where i downloaded the brushes, so i have uploaded the brush so you can download it.

    Here is the link:

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    Posted by BLUE WHITE on November 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    very nice tutorial,,,,,,….enjoy doing it on the photoshop,,,,

    Posted by El Pacino on December 1, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Nice tutorial, I have been looking for a Spiral Brush.
    But I couldn’t find someone like you have, do have a link or something?

    Posted by chris on December 2, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Hi, i dont know where i downloaded it,

    So i have uploaded here:

    Good luck

    Posted by Agon on December 10, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    hey can you upload this brush again in because that link its not good (N)

    nice tutorial

    Posted by Agon on December 10, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    what about SPIRAL BRUSH?? :O

    Posted by mariel on January 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    hey its a cool tutorial i wanted to ask you how old are you

    Posted by chris on January 7, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Mariel thank you, i am 20 😛

    Posted by increase your vertical on February 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    WOW! that is a really good article. I’m gonna go try it and add my own little twists to it.

    thanks for the great site man.. I really appreciate the amount of work you put into this site!

    Posted by chad on March 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    good work, I’d love to have your skills with photoshop. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Posted by Chinonye Ikebaku on March 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks alot. I have been looking and asking questions for days concerning this stuff until I stumble acros it today.

    U have really helped me out of a fix. More grease to your elbow and God bless uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    Posted by Marvelous Trip on June 3, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Amazing tutorial.
    Thanks mate.

    Posted by good1hearth on July 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    that is good tutorial…n thx’s ….G.B.U

    Posted by Sezna on July 21, 2010 at 6:49 am

    What is the font?

    Posted by jeff cavaliere on September 5, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Amazing post, bookmarked your blog for hopes to see more information!

    Posted by Dating Magazine on September 13, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Thanks for your in depth tutorial. And wow, that is a lengthy thread up there! Fantastic Tutorial truly, I also believe that the Photoshop 3d function could be truly helpful.

    Posted by product on November 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Amazing post, bookmarked your blog for hopes to see more information!

    Posted by perumahan samarinda on December 4, 2010 at 8:06 am

    amazing effects.. thank you

    Posted by Copper Repipe on December 6, 2010 at 8:10 am

    This is a good tutorial and I could really use a logo like this for my copper repipe business, but are these screenshots something you could put together for a video. Video could really bring this information to life and there are a lot of Photoshop videos on YouTube.

    Posted by Madison Johnson on March 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    This is a good one i really enjoyed it! thanks for sharing and hope to see more soon.

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    wow beautiful design text….i really like your design text.. very cool..

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    Wow! thank you so much i always wanted to write something like that on my blog, can i take a part of this text to my blog, i’ll attach the source of the original text?

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