Simulating Photoshop 3D Text Tutorial

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STEP 3 – Styling the 3D Text

As you see, our 3D text doesn't quite look 3D-ish because it's all black. So to make it look really 3D we'll have to add him some colors and shadows. Gradients are what we need for colors because they will make this 2D text look like 3D for our eye. Shadows will improve it more, by creating the effect of text standing on a surface.

Let's start with the bottom layer to add a shadow effect. This will create the look of the text as standing on surface. Select the bottom layer (3D TEXT is the name), right click and select Blending Options. The Blending Options Screen will appear.

blending dialog

We're gonna add a shadow. Go to Drop Shadow and insert the values as seen in the image.

add a shadow. Go to Drop Shadow

Now, we'll move to the middle 3D Text layer. Select it, then go to Blending options. We're going to apply a gradient to emphasize the 3D look. Go to Gradient Overlay, use the settings shown.

Gradient Overlay

Here is our result by nowgradient and customize the color stops Click on the gradient and customize the color stops so that you start on the left with a light shade of grey and end in the right with a darker one. Click ok, apply the gradient and the blending options.

Above is our result by now.

You will notice there is a a black bottom line around the text. That is because the middle layers starts 1 px above the bottom one. So we're going to fix this by raising the bottom layer 1 px above. Select the bottom layer, click on the move tool from toolbar (if it's not already clicked) and press the keyboard's Up Arrow once. It will move this layer up by 1 px.

Now we can focus on the top layer. Select it, go to Blending options – Gradient Overlay.

gradient overlay again

Click on the gradient. I've used the following # color codes for the color stops (double-click the color stop): Left one:95a614, Middle one:c6dc1c, Right one:e2f936. If you don't know how to add the middle color stop, it's simple. Click just below the gradient. As you see, each color stop has 2 color midpoints. Position them like you see in the image.

Now, to emphasize face of the 3D text we'll add a small border (Blending options). You could do this with Stroke but I prefere an Inner Glow as you can control the hardness. Put the same values here as you see in the image.

inner glow dialog


final 3D text

Following this tutorial you will be able to create your own 3D text but also customize it the way you want. While there are actions available to the jobs, learning this tutorial will allow you to create varios types of 3D text from various perspectives. Remember you can experiment with the first steps – the perspective and scale to produce different views.

Special thanks to Artorius Design for posting this tutorial. Artorius is hosted by Domain Name Holding Company, Inc. at The Endurance International Group, Inc. of Burlington MA. No author's name was provided, so we do not know who created this tutorial.

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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