Creating a 3D Typography in Photoshop

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Learn the 3D commands of Photoshop here. This tutorial shows you the most used 3D stuff designers work on while creating their graphics. And don’t forget, these commands are very easy to use and even a novice user can engage them easily.

Please don’t hate me while reading this post, because the same step is repeated again and again. But I promise you, when you’ll be following this tutorial, it’ll be fun.

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Final Result

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Fist of all open the New document and type each letter of your favorite word in separate layer.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Repousse

Then go to 3-D>Repousse>Text Layer

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

A table will appear asking you for rasterizing the layer. Click on Yes. You might wanna “Don’t show again” so this table won’t bother you again.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Once this ‘Repousse Box’ appears, put the following values.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

3D Rotation

Now our “d” should have a 3D effect. Its time now to give it a ‘revolution’. Select 3-D Object Rotate Tool and rotate it in whatever direction you want.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

This is the tricky part now. You have to go to the Layers Panel and double click on the Extusion materials. Then a blank file will open. You have to apply the effects on this file which you want to apply on your letter, in my case I’m applying Gradient Overlay.Then save that file by striking CTRL+S, once you save it, you’ll return to original file.

These are the values of Gradient Overlay.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

The Letter ‘E’

Now I’m adding the letter ‘e’. The fifth letter of the alphabet. It is also the most used letter in the English language. (I paid attention to my English teacher)

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Go to 3-D>Repousse>Text Layer

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Here I’m rotating the letter E.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

This is the gradient applied on the letter E through Extrusion materials.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

The Letter ‘S’

I don’t like this letter, so I won’t tell you anything about it.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Go to 3-D>Repousse>Text Layer

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Rotating the Letter S

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Gradients now.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

The Letter ‘I’

We’re just gonna repeat the same steps again and again with different colors and different rotation angles. Besides these differences, its the same effect.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

3-D>Repousse>Text Layer

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Rotation

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Gradient

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

The Letter ‘G’

Type it

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Go to 3-D>Repousse>Text Layer

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Rotate it

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

And how can we forget the gradient.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

The Letter ‘N’

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Go to 3-D>Repousse>Text Layer

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Rotate it

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Fill the gradient.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

The Letter Z

We’re adding 3 ZZZ.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Go to 3-D>Repousse>Text Layer

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Gradient

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

And again, the letter Z

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Go to 3-D>Repousse>Text Layer

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Gradient again.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

I promise, this is the last Z.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

3-D>Repousse>Text Layer

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Gradient

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Rotating the third Z.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Finally we’re done with our 3D. Now I added a background.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Splatter Effect

I used splatter brushes for making this effect.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Now I’m adding a few splatters on the text as well. It will give our text a groovy look.

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

Done

3-d typography in adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials

 

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Comments
  1. Facebook Statistics April 17, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Wow, such a creative and interesting tutorial. Great having to know about typographic creations. Also the effects use in it is so brilliant. Thanks

  2. eskizof April 17, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Gracias!

    1. waseem April 18, 2012 at 5:33 am

      You’re welcome 🙂

  3. Saya April 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    It is so interesting to see how much you can do even with out a 3Dsoftware in PSD

    1. waseem April 18, 2012 at 5:33 am

      You’re right Saya, 3D was enhanced by a great deal in CS5. Let’s see what adobe got in the hat for CS6.

  4. patara April 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Nice clear Tut Waseem. Finished item looks great and I love the background texture you chose.

    1. waseem April 18, 2012 at 5:31 am

      yes we were stuck at the background for a long time.
      I must say you are always spot on where the I had faced the problem. I’m sure you’re skilled designer. 🙂

  5. patara April 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

    What caught my eye about it was its versatility. Depending upon an added texture it could look like an old canvas hanging off that metal bar making an effective dropsheet to some word art etc or made to look more metallic for a different appearance.

    1. waseem April 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

      All I thought while selecting this background was: “this one would work”.

  6. budypiasa April 21, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I think, that’s great 3D Typography. But, I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 for my work. Is it work for Photoshop CS3?
    Can you help me to rate this web? This web is about graphic design. You can visit this http://onlinegraphicdesign.info
    I hope, you can give me suggestion for thie web.

    1. waseem April 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      I gave your link to our Editor, he gave me following stats: 1) the site has no Google PageRank. 2) the site doesn’t even has Alexa Rank.
      This means that your website is not at all credible.

      And I’m sorry, CS3 doesn’t has all of these 3D features.

  7. Baraa May 5, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Hi… after I wrote the text and I went to 3d-Repousse … then it was not active choice … did you had such a problem?? thank you a lot and I liked you work

  8. Felicia June 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hey great tutorial! I just need to ask you wich background you used? I love it! 🙂

    1. waseem June 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Hello Felicia
      the link for the background is: http://shadowh3.deviantart.com/art/Wall-Texture-73682375
      Sorry for the late reply, I was away for my exams.

  9. harsh k June 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Hey its not working…. wen i go to 3d > and the repouse option dosent show me the options there …. it is in gray

    1. waseem June 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      well, I think that’s due to your machine. Your computer may not have a dedicated VGA.

  10. Sawata Nandi September 7, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Hi,
    Would you tell me the System Configuration which will be batter for this Job.

    1. Tayyab September 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

      a computer comprising 512 MB dedicated VGA card should be able to perform this perfectly.

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