Simulating Photoshop 3D Text Tutorial

by Guest Writer

3D TEXT Most of the time there are any number of ways to accomplish the same effect. Those of you who do not have a version of Photoshop with 3D, or do not have 3D capabilities, this great tutorial from Artorius Design shows you how to do it in most other programs! Artorius writes :

This tutorial will teach you how to create and style a 3D text in Adobe Photoshop. Using this tutorial you will learn not only how to create great looking 3D texts in Photoshop but also any kind of 3D object. Works with any Photoshop version.

3D texts in Photoshop

Following this tutorial, you will have full control over the results – specially the perspective angle and height of the text. You can also check out the PSD file included to see the how the 3D text looks and take a look at the Blending Options.

What is to know first?

This tutorial is intended for those not having a version of Photoshop with 3D features. (the last extended ones). So basically, the result will be a 2D image that will look like a 3D one.

STEP 1 – Creating The Text, Adding The Perspective

We're going to start by making a new document, 1024×768, 72 dpi. Here we're going to make a text layer. Black to be visible on the white background, but the color doesn't really matter as we're going to change it later. An Arial Bold, 180 pt size would be good. My text has a tracking of 100, so there's a little space between the letters, but that's not important either.

make a text layer

rasterize the type layer Now we will add a perspective look to the text so that it will look like standing on a flat surface. First we must rasterize the text layer. Right-click on the text layer in the layers panel and select Rasterize type.

The text is not going to be editable now, but we are able to add perspective to it. Go to Edit – Transform – Perspective. A container for the text will appear. Click on the left corner (or right one) and while holding the click button, drag it inside, towards the center, until you see a H: angle value of around 40 in the transform toolbar.

Transform - Perspective - drag to form perspective

Then, without hitting Enter or Ok, go again to Edit – Transform and select Scale. Now, click on the upper middle control point and drag it down until the H: value is around 60%. Hit enter or the ok button.

click and drag to scale image vertically

Now give the text 3D Styling ...

... continues on the next page!

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