Create 3D text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an abstract New Year’s 3D illustration using the new 3D tools that Adobe has included in Photoshop CS5. Let’s start!

Preview of the final result:

Create a new document (Ctrl + N) measuring 1280px by 1024px (RGB color mode) with a resolution of 72 px / inch. Create a new layer and fill it with # E0F8FF color.

Insert layer mask , selecting the Add Layers Mask at the bottom of the Layers panel, invert the colors by clicking Ctrl + I and select soft round brush black color .

Use this brush to add a few strokes on the mask in the center of the canvas.

Click tool “Horizontal Text (Horizontal Type Tool). Select the font, size and color in the “Character” panel (I used the Rockwell Extra Bold font, or if you want, you can replace it with a similar font). Create a new layer and write the word “Happy”.
Parameters of the word “Happy”:

Create a new layer and write “New” on it.
Parameters for the word “New”:

Create another layer and write “Year” on it.
Parameters for the word “Year”:

We get the following result:

Make the layer with the word Happy active and select on it Window> 3D (Windows> 3D) to open the 3D panel (for this you need to have Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended). Hide for a time the layers with other words and in the dialog box “Create a new 3D object (Create New 3D Object) “select the following”3D object stamped version (3D Repousse Object) “and click Create:

Select Yes , to Rasterize the text.

In the dialog box “Stamped (Repousse) “go to”Stamping Forms (Repousse Shape Presets) “, select”Extrude“and click OK.

We get the following result:

In the “Render Settings” dialog box, select the “Object Rotate Tool (K)”.

Select “View> Show> Axis 3D“(View> Show> 3D-Axis).

Use the 3D Axis to rotate our object, as shown in the figure.

Next, choose from the options offered to us “Front Inflation Material“and for option Glow (Illumination) change the color to white.

Settings for “Front Bevel Material”:

AT Extrusion material for option Diffuse (Scattering) change the color to # 9f2d05.

In the options “Back Bevel Material“and”Back Inflation Material“leave the default settings. Select Light rotate tool (Rotation of Light) and rotate the light source, as shown in the figure.

Now make visible the layer with the word “New”:

Do the same with the word Happy. First, in the dialog box Create a new 3D object (Create New 3D Object) select the following Pressed 3D object (3D Repousse Object) and click Create. Press the button Yes , to Rasterize the text. Open the Pressed (Repousse) dialog and go toStamping Forms“(Repousse Shape Presets), select Extrude and click OK. In the dialog box “Render settings“(Render Settings) select”Object Rotation (K) “(Object Rotate Tool). Use the” 3D Axis “(3D-Axis) to rotate our object, as shown in the figure.

Further choose from the options offered to us “Front Inflation Material“for option Glow (Illumination) change the color to white.

Settings for Front Bevel Material:

In “Extrusion Material” for the Diffuse option, change the color to # a78125.

In the “Back Bevel Material” and “Back Inflation Material” options, leave the default settings. Select “Rotation of Light“(Light Rotate Tool) and rotate the light source as shown.

Make visible now the layer with the word Year:

In the dialog box “Create a new 3D object“(Create New 3D Object) select”Pressed 3D object“(3D Repousse Object) and click Create. In the window that appears, click Yes to rasterize the text. In the Repousse dialog box, go to”Stamping Forms“(Repousse Shape Presets), select Extrude and click OK.

In the dialog box “Render settings“(Render Settings) select”Object Rotation (K) “(Object Rotate Tool). Use 3D Axis (3D-Axis) to rotate our object, as shown in the figure.

Further choose from the options offered to us “Front Inflation Material“, for the Illumination option, change the color to white.

Settings for Front Bevel Material:

AT Extrusion material for option Scattering (Diffuse) Change the color to # 336f1c.

In options Back Bevel Material and Back Inflation Material leave the default settings. Select “Rotation of Light“(Light Rotate Tool) and rotate the light source as shown.

Now select Tool “Ellipse (U) “(Ellipse Tool) and draw an ellipse, color # F7189B.

Set the fill (Fill) to 18%.

Using the same tool, try to make more ellipses of different colors and transparency. Colors: # FF9B43, # FF0000, # FF4C29, # 488F28, # FFFDE0, # F7F4AB, # F7E3AB, # FFFFFF. Place layers with ellipses below the layers with 3D objects.

Now make a copy of the layer with the word Year and select Free transform (Ctrl + T) and place it as in the picture below:

Insert layer mask and select soft round brush black (opacity increase to 20%).

Use this brush to hide the contents of the layer, as shown in the image. Reduce the fill (Fill) for this layer to 60%.

Create a new group (by clicking on the group icon at the bottom of the Layers panel) and drag all the layers containing ellipses there. Make a copy of the group and reflect it vertically by selecting Editing> Transform> Flip Vertically (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal) or transform with a combination Ctrl + T, as shown in the following figure.

As we did in the previous example, we need to turn on the mask on the copied group and apply the same soft round black brush to hide the ellipses, creating a reflection effect.

Create a new layer and use the Tool here.Oval area (M) “(Elliptical Marquee Tool) to make a selection.

Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the selection with color # 153208.

Use Free transform (Ctrl + T) to reshape the ellipse and place it under the text.

Use the tool “Blur (Blur Tool) along the line.

Insert layer mask and select a soft round brush in black (setting the opacity to 20%) and paint over the edges of the line.

Click “Create a new adjustment or fill layer“(Create new fill or adjustment layer) and in the list that appears, select Curves to adjust the shape of the curve to adjust the colors slightly.

The final result.

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!

Posted by: ART-D
Translation: Kapustin
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