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.
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.
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:
Select the Move Tool “Press V” and rotate the letters to different directions to create a playfull look.
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.
You can see a lot of copy layers in your layer panel.
Select the last copied layer, in my case this is “F copy 7″. And ad a gradient to it.
This is how your letter will look like:
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:
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.
I used different patterns and ended up with this.
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.
Now go to the “layer style” of the merged layer, and add some shadow and satin to the layer.
Here you see Shadow and Satin added to the letter F.
Here i have add it to all the letters. The letters look a lot more 3d now.
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.
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%.
2. You can also add a paint splash on a new layer, using the Brush Tool “B”. For some cool brushes take a look at brushesdownload.com.
Now it looks like this:
3. 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”.
Then take the Eraser Tool “E” and selected a 550pixel Soft Round eraser.
And click 2 times in the middle.
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.