Creating shadows in Photoshop CC

This tutorial shows how to create shadows in Photoshop CC using the program’s 3D capabilities.

Final result:

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl + N) with a size of 2880×1800 pixels. Tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool) (T) write “ABDZ” using the font “Futura Medium”.

Step 2

Go to menu 3D> New 3D-extrusion from the selected layer (3D> New 3D Extrusion from Selected Layer). Adjust the properties of the 3D object as follows:

Step 3

Go to the warp tab and change the extrusion depth. Then rotate the text object so that you can work with it from above.

Step 4

Configure the Small tab (Cap):

Step 5

Select Infinite light (Infinite Light) on the 3D panel, rotate it a bit and change the properties like this:

Intensity: 1000%
Softness: 75%

After that, set the scene to render (3D> Rendering) (3D> Render).

Step 6

You will get the result, as in the screenshot below. If you do not like the result, change the extrusion and the light source. It is important that the object is located directly on the base plane.

Step 7

Create a new layer under the text and paste some pattern on it.

Step 8

Add more elements so that the surrounding area is not empty.

Step 9

Paste the paper texture on top of all layers.

Step 10

Set the paper overlay mode to Light replacement (Lighten) and reduce the opacity to 50%.


Merge all layers into one separate (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E) and set its blending mode Multiplication (Multiply).

This concludes the lesson. As you can see, 3D mode has been improved in Photoshop CC, and now you can create different effects in a more convenient and fast way. Do not be afraid to experiment and create your own unique 3D-objects and effects.

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