Create volumetric text in Photoshop

Materials for the lesson:

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Step 1. Create a new document (Ctrl + N), 1600px in width and 1000px in height. Set the foreground color to # 8a5a01 and the background color to # ba9145, and then drag Linear gradient (Linear Gradient) left, right. You can choose another color that you like, or add an adjustment layer to change the colors, as shown at the end of this lesson.

Open the Brush settings panel. Window-> Brush (Window -> Brush), and change the settings Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape), as shown below:

We write text using the font BorisBlackBloxx, size 400 pixels.

Use the tool Pen (Pen Tool), make sure that you have activated the mode Contours (Paths) in the options bar to create a curve in the middle of the first letter. Add the main control points, we can change them later.

If you think that a curve needs more points, you can always add them with the tool. Add anchor point (Add Anchor Point Tool).

Then, you can use the tool Outline selection (Direct Selection Tool) to drag a curve, point or change direction.

Step 2. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) on top of all layers, make sure that the tool Pen (Pen Tool) is still active, right-click on the path and select Perform a stroke (Stroke Path).

Select a brush from the drop down menu tools and make sure that Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure) is not a tick.

This will be a stroke path, Brush (Brush). Click Enter, to get rid of the way.

Create a new path on the inner edge of the letter, and stroke the path on a new layer.

Do the same on the outside edge. In the end, you should have three layers, one for each stroke.

Repeat the same process for the remaining letters. You can use arbitrary shapes instead of drawing curves whenever possible (for example, using the Ellipse (Ellipse Tool), in mode Contours (Paths) you can create a path for the letter O).

Remember that each path must be on a separate layer.

You can duplicate any layers for the same letters (Ctrl + J).

When you finish, each letter will have a 3rd layer covering it with dots.

Step 3. Make the original text layer invisible (by clicking the eye icon next to it), because we don’t need it.

Select all layers with dots (hold Ctrl key), and then go Layer-> Merge Layers (Layer -> Merge Layers) (Ctrl + E) to merge them into one layer, and name it “Merged.”

Use the tool Eraser (Erase Tool) to get rid of points that do not coincide with the rest.

Make sure the “merged” layer is active (selected), then go to Selection-> load selection (Select -> Load Selection). Select Channel (Channel) “United”. This will highlight the contents of the layer (point).

Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), and Spectrum gradient (Spectrum). Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) on top of all layers and name it “Gradient”, then fill the selection with a gradient.

Make the “United” layer invisible (by clicking the eye icon next to it).

Step 4. Move on Editing-> Transform-> Perspective (Edith-> Transform-> Perspective) and move the corners as shown below. You can convert the text as you like, and you can do it again at any time, in the future we will apply the perspective for the subsequent layers. Once you are done press Enter.

Activate the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool) and create a selection around the first letter, and then press (Ctrl + J) to duplicate it on a new layer. Rename this layer to the letter it contains.

Repeat the same for the remaining letters. When you’re done, make the Gradient layer invisible (by clicking the eye icon next to it).

Step 5. Create a copy of the first letter layer (Ctrl + J).

Let’s go to Filter-> Blur-> Motion Blur (Filter-> Blur-> Motion Blur) and set the values ​​as shown below:

Make four duplicate copies of the layer.

Merge the copies of the layers (selecting them while holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the key combination Ctrl + E) and move this layer below the original letter layer.

Move on Editing-> Transform-> Perspective (Edith-> Transform-> Perspective) for the merged copy layer to make a blurred extension for the original letter.

Eraser (Eraser) erase blurred parts in the left side.

This is what you should get. You can make other layers invisible if you want.

Activate the tool Blur (Blur Tool) and change the parameters as shown below, and then blur the side of the extension.

Use the tool Eraser (Erase Tool) with an Opacity value of 30% to slightly erase the extension at the edge so that it does not look so sharp.

Repeat these steps for the remaining letters.

Step 6. Merge the original letter layers into one layer (by selecting them while holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the Ctrl + E key combination) and rename it to the text you have written.

Duplicate each expansion layer (Ctrl + J) to make them brighter.

Duplicate the merged layer of original letters and move a copy of the layer below the original.

Let’s go to Filter-> Blur-> Gaussian Blur (Filter-> Blur-> Gaussan Blur) and enter the Radius value (Raduis) 2.5.

Step 7. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) above the background layer and name it “Shadow”. Set the foreground color to # 634016, then activate Soft Round Brush (Brush) (500 pixels) to draw a shadow under the text.

Let’s go to Filter-> Blur-> Gaussian Blur (Filter-> Blur-> Gaussan Blur) and enter the value Radius (Raduis) 20.

Change Blend mode (Blend Mode) layer “Shadow” on Multiplication (Multiply) and Opacity up to 70%.

If you want, you can select all visible layers (except the background), then go to the menu Editing-> Transform-> Perspective (Edith-> Transform-> Perspective) and rotate the text even more.

Step 8. If you want to change the background color to add more contrast, select the background layer and click on the icon Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) in the layers panel, then select Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation).

Change the values ​​as shown below:

Once again, click on the icon Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) in the layers panel, but this time select Levels (levels). Change the values ​​as shown below:

Finally, select the “Shadow” layer, then go to Layer-> New Adjustment Layer-> Hue / Saturation (Layer-> New Adjustment Layer-> Hue / Saturation) and change the Saturation value to -100 (according to the new background colors).

3D text is ready! I hope you have learned something new from this lesson.

Author: Photoshopstar

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