Create a 3D star text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create 3D star text with light effects in Photoshop. We will apply various techniques, such as combining, applying adjustment layers, including various tools, such as brush, eraser, and tools of free transformation.

Note: This lesson is done in Photoshop CS6 – therefore, some screenshots may differ slightly from previous versions of the program. Some brushes are only available in this version of Photoshop CS6.

OK. Let’s get started!

Final result

Step 1

Create a new document with the following dimensions 1200px * 620px, background color is black. Download the original Starry Sky image in Photoshop. Select a part of the image as shown in the screenshot below:

Selective step: Apply the following filter Oil paint (Oil Paint), let’s go Filter – Oil Paint (Filter >> Oil Paint), this filter is only available in the version of Adobe CS6 or higher:

Next, using a large soft Eraser (eraser), create a shading at the edges of the starry sky, as shown in the screenshot below:

Once again, open the original image of the “Starry sky” and use the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool) with 40px feathering, create an active selection, as shown in the screenshot below:

Copy / paste the selected part of the image onto our working paper. Place this part with the stars in the lower right corner of our scene, then, change the blending mode for this layer with the selected stars to Lightening (Screen), and also reduce the opacity of the layer to about 60%:

Repeat the previous action, this time, adding stars to the lower left corner of our scene:

Step 2

In this step we will work on our text. If you are using Photoshop CS6 or higher, you can create your own 3D text yourself using the Bebas font. If not, you can simply download my 3D text from the link at the beginning of this lesson:

To the text layer, add a layer mask and using a soft eraser, delete individual sections at the bottom of the text:

Next, apply the filter Contour sharpness(Unsharp Mask), let’s go Filter – Sharpness – Contour sharpness(Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask):

Contour sharpness will add a highlight to the edge of the text, as shown in the screenshot below:

Once again, open the original image of the “Starry sky”, once again select a part of the image, copy / paste the selected image onto our working document, Close our text with the selected texture. Change the blending mode for the layer with the selected part of the sky to Hard light (Hard Light):

Next, using a soft eraser, hide separate sections of the starry sky texture so that there are separate texture fragments on the letters:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 3

Load the original image with a nebula in Photoshop and with the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool) with 40px feathering, create an active selection, as shown in the screenshot below:

Copy / paste the selected part of the nebula texture onto our working paper. Place the texture behind our text. (Note of translator: select the layer with the selected texture below the text layer). Using an eraser, create a shading on the edges of the texture, as shown in the screenshot below:

Repeat the previous step by adding a nebula texture to the right side of the scene:

Step 4

In this step, we will add a nebula texture over the text. Using the same selection method you used in the previous steps, copy / paste the fragments of the nebula texture. Do not forget to use the tool Free transformation (free transform tool) for texture scaling, as well as for layers with nebula fragments, use blending mode Overlap (Overlay):

Continue adding texture over text:

For the letter ‘S’, I specifically added fragments of nebula texture resembling “flames”:

Step 5

We can additionally add a star texture on top of the text. Select a fragment of the “Starry sky” texture, as shown in the screenshot below:

Add the selection to our working paper, placing it on top of the text. Change the blending mode for the starry sky texture layer to Lightening (Screen):

Step 6

We have almost completed the lesson! As a final touch, create a merged layer and then apply a filter to the merged layer. Contour sharpness (Unsharp Mask):

Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) on top of all other layers:

We have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See you, have a nice day!

Final result

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