Making fantastically beautiful 3D text – Part II

Welcome to the second part.

We will need the following images:

Step 1. Create a reflection for the text. To do this, you must open Xara3D 6 and re-create the same text with the font Agenda. Same size, but different location (second image below). Why do we do this? Close your eyes and imagine what the reflection should be. Colors for text are not so important. This text will be slightly visible, we will black out it anyway and erase half. But the main thing is that the text should be pink (like our original text). Create text, save it and export to Photoshop

Step 2. Transfer the text to our document, name the layer “reflection”, and place it below the main text (and below the shadow of this text) in the layers palette. Ctrl + T, Editing \ Transforming \ Flip Vertically (Edit \Transform \ Flip Vertical) and then use Deformation (Warp) to correct the reflection relative to the main text (second image below). Now, if your reflection is as bright as the source, select the “Dimmer (Burn Tool) (O), install Range (Range) Mid tones (Midtones) and darken a bit (third image below). It seems to be good, but still too bright. Reduce color saturation in Image \ Adjustments \ Hue / Saturation (Image \ Adjustments \ Hue / Saturation), the saturation is -22.

Step 3. We continue to work on the reflection and add shine. Make the “reflection” layer active, then add a layer mask (Layer Mask). Now select the “Gradient (Gradient Tool) (G), set the color to black and (with the layer mask active) draw a gradient from the bottom to the top of the reflection text. Load the selection of the reflection layer (Ctrl + click by layer icon). Create a new layer above it, name it “reflection copy” and change the blending mode (Blending Mode) for the layer to Multiplication (Multiply). Choose a dark pink color (#853b6d) in the color picker, then select the “Brush (Brush Tool) (B). Adjust the very soft brush and start painting inside the selection (second image below). Now make sure your tool is active. Brush (Brush Tool) (B), rigidity (Hardness) 0 % and pressure (Flow) 5-10 % Choose a white color, create a new layer, name it “shine” and change the blending mode (Blending Mode) for the layer to Overlap (Overlay). Now use the brush and start painting to create the glow (3, 4, and 5 images below).

Step 4. Create a new group below the shadow layer. Then open one of the downloaded “Brush2” packages, and select the big dirty one. brush (brush in the first image below). Create a new layer, name it “Brush”. Use color #cceeff, draw across the puddle. Further Filter \ Sharpness \ Contour sharpness (Filter \ Sharpen \ Unsharp Mask), the amount (Amount) of about 80-90% (the first image below). Load the texture layer selection (Ctrl + click on the mask thumbnail) and click Delete, (second image below). Deselect Ctrl + D, then install Opacity (Opacity) for the Brush layer is 30%, and change the blending mode for the layer to Overlap (Overlay). You should have something like this (the third image below).

Step 5. Download the texture layer selection, then Select \ Invert (Select \ Inverse). Create a new layer, change the blending mode (Blending Mode) for the layer to Overlap (Overlay). Select tool “Brush (B), select a spray brush and add left and right (first image below). Play with opacity for the layer, higher opacity – heavier color. Keep adding brushes. Do not forget to change the settings for the brush, remove the excess with the tool “Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E).

Step 6. Now let’s go back to the puddle shadow. Select tool “Brush (B). Set the color to dark blue (125361), make the brush soft, and add some shadow. Do this as in the first part of the lesson, just add a little more shadow.

Step 7. We will create lights for the background. Draw each brush on a new layer. Next, a small guide on what to do and how to install these brushes and layers:

one) #a5efff, for brush opacity (Opacity) 60%, push (Flow) 60%
2) #a5efff, for brush opacity (Opacity) 80%, push (Flow) 90%
3) #c4f2ff, also
four) #e1f7ff, also
5) # e1f7ff, the same
6) #eonef7ff, Blending Mode for a layer: Overlap (Overlay), opacity (Opacity) for a layer: 73%
7) White color (a usual round, soft brush is used here)
eight) #dfiveffourff, Blending Mode for a layer: Overlap (Overlay), (here 9) the usual round, soft brush is used)
9) #97f2ff, Blending Mode for a layer: Overlap (Overlay), (a normal round, soft brush is used here)

Further Filter \ Sharpness \ Contour sharpness (Filter \ Sharpen \ Unsharp Mask), the amount (Amount) 60%. Apply it to each layer with brushes.

Step 8. Merge all the layers with the lights into a group. Then, grab this group, and drag it onto the New Layer icon 7-8 times to create a lot of lights (image below). Place them in the background (but behind the text). Now change your brush to a regular round (large diameter), a stiffness of 0%, an Opacity of 100%, and a pressure of 15%. Choose a dark blue color *1c364d. In the layers palette, create two new layers, one above the lights, and one below them. Add a darker color to the background between the lights (see 3 and 4 image below). This will increase the lights, making them more visible (you can change the blend mode for the layer to Hard light (Hard Light)). Then copy the group with the lights two times, and add more lights. One place over the puddle, the other for

Step 9. Open the image with ice. Follow the palette Channels (Channels), and make a copy of the red channel (second image below). Call the team Curves (Ctrl + M), select the black pipette (Black Point Dropper) and click on the gray color (see image 3 below). Download the red-copy channel selection (Ctrl + click channel miniature). Now select the RGB channel and switch to the layers palette (fourth image below). Select a layer, and copy (Ctrl + C). Go back to our main document and paste Ctrl + V (fifth image below).

Step 10. Name the layer “ice”, apply a layer style. Color overlay (Color Overlay), color #94e3ed. Create a new layer, merge with the “ice” layer (Ctrl + E) and change the blending mode (blending mode) for the layer to Overlap (Overlay). Make several copies of this layer and use the free transform (Ctrl + T)

Step 11. Now select the “Lasso (Lasso Tool) (L), and draw a selection around any part. Invert selection (Ctrl + I) and press Delete, to remove unwanted parts (second image below). Then select the brush “Spray»(Spatter) 39px, add a layer mask to the layer with ice, select black and remove some texture (third image below).

Step 12. Further Filter \ Sharpness \ Contour sharpness (Filter \ Sharpen \ Unsharp Mask), with a small radius. Using the technique described above, create several such effects and do not forget to put in groups

Step 13. Create a new group and create a new layer inside the group, name it “orange ball”, color *ffc000. Select tool “Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) in shape mode and draw a circle, the settings in the second and third images below. Apply layer styles to Inner Glow and Emboss. Create a new layer and draw a circle of white color, add a layer mask and delete the excess – leave the crescent (7th image below). Now it looks like glitter or light, so move it to our circle.

Step 14. We continue to create balls, for each circle choose a different color. Try to choose colors according to our project. Apply Inner Glow, Emboss and Layer Color Layer Styles.

Step 15. Now look at the first two balls from the base – green and red. We will only add shadows to these front balls. Load the layer selection with the red ball (Ctrl + click on layer miniature). Ctrl + Shift + C –Copy the copied data (Copy Merged) and paste (Ctrl + V). Now select this copy, drag it below the original with the red ball, click Ctrl + T and select Flip Vertically (Flip Vertical). Select tool “Eraser” (Eraser Tool) (E) with soft edges, then erase the bottom (third image below) to create a reflection. Now see the fourth image below, select the “Brush” (B) color *1a525f, stiffness 0% and pressure 10-20%. Set your diameter to 2-3px, and create a new layer below the original with a red ball, but above the reflection and draw a small shadow.

Step 16. Now add the shadow of the green ball. Create an illusion with a shadow, as if this ball really flies. So look at the first image below, the arrows will show you how you should add this shadow, we have to do some depth with this shadow. Select tool “Brush” (B) with the same settings, but make a slightly larger diameter and draw a soft shadow.

Step 17. Choose a tool “Lines” (Line Tool) (U), draw three lines (1 image below). Apply level styles Color overlay, Gloss Embossing and Internal glow (second image below). Further Ctrl + T, and select Deformation (Warp), you should have something like this.

Step 18. 1 image shows the parts we need, 2 shows the parts we need to get rid of.

Step 19. We have several layers with curved lines, use them, copy and rotate them to create one curly line around the orange ball (see image 3 below). Merge the layers into one and add a layer mask, load the layer selection with the orange ball, select the “Brush (B), select black, and erase one of these two lines that cover the sphere.

Step 20. Open the Brushes palette, and apply the settings shown below. Change the Opacity to 15% and press 50%. Choose a bright blue color (*baf3ff). Create a new layer, change the blending mode (Blending Mode) for the layer to Overlap (Overlay), and start drawing on a curved line. This will make the line thicker.

Step 21. Open an image with abstract lines, select the tool “Lasso (Lasso Tool) (L) and make a selection of the part you like. Drag this into our document. Further bleach (Ctrl + Shift + U). Select tool “Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E), with soft edges and erase the hard edges of this part. Then click Ctrl + T, select Deformation (Warp) and adjust this to the shape of the line.

Step 22. Choose a light blue color (# 8cfbff). Reset your brush settings, and set the stiffness to 0% and pressing 5%. Then create a new layer, blending mode for the layer Hard light (Hard Light) and add glow to the light parts of the balls and lines, do not overdo it

Step 23. Apply these effects to each ball. And remember that everything should be in the color scheme corresponding to our project. You simply cannot create a blue glow if your illustration has a pink or orange background. And glow effects look better when they are applied to a dark background.

Step 24. Adding bubbles. Open the bubble image, drag it to our document. Discolored (Ctrl + Shift + U) – second image below, blending mode for layer Lightening (Screen) (third image below). Now use Ctrl + T, To rotate in various ways, remove the excess with an eraser. Create a new layer above the bubbles, set the blending mode (Blending Mode) for the layer to Overlap (Overlay), and select the “Brush” (Brush Tool) (B), with soft edges, color #8cfbff, and lightly paint on these bubbles. This will give a good glow effect.

Step 25. Now open the image with the metal texture, discolor (Ctrl + Shift + U) (second image below). Then call the command Levels (Ctrl + L) settings below. Further Filter \ Sharpness \ Contour sharpness (Filter \ Sharpen \ Unsharp Mask).

Step 26. When the texture is ready, drag it to our document, blending mode for the layer Lightening (Screen). Select tool “Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E), stiffness 0%, pressing 10%. Repeat the process to fill the voids in the background. This will give a slight noise to the background.

Step 27. Open the paper texture, unlock the layer (double-click on the layer), create a duplicate (Ctrl + J), set the blending mode (Blending Mode) for the duplicate to Overlap (Overlay), and follow Filter \ Other \ Color Contrast (Filter \ Other \ Highpass), radius about 40%. Drag both of these layers into our document. Choose a tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E), stiffness 0%, pressing 10%, and blend both textures with the background. Use this technique to fill the entire canvas.

Step 28. Final adjustments are very important because they give a unique effect to your work. Add a few adjustment layers – Levels, Brightness \ Contrast, Gradient map, Hue \ Saturation. Add them one by one to work, play with opacity and work with layer masks. Example: added Levels (first image below), the shadow was too dark, but the setting level corresponds to the whole illustration. Then add a layer mask for the Coordinating Layer layer and erase the black shadow below the letters using a soft, black brush. And so on with a large number of adjustment layers. Gradient maps (in 3 and 4 images below) – from black to gray, and from black to white

Well, here we are finished! Anyway, a lot of work has been done, and the author hopes that you enjoyed!

Author: Wojciech Pijecki

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