Wooden 3D letters in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will create volumetric letters using textures and layer styles. I was inspired to create such a text by the work of David McLeod. This effect will only work if you use a wooden texture, but you can experiment with other textures and maybe you will get some unique inscription.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop and paste the tree texture into it. Name the layer “Wood Texture”. Then instrument Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool) (T) write the letter “A”. Font settings are shown in the screenshot below. Text layer name “Text Layer”.

Step 2

Select the text layer (hold Ctrl and click on the layer thumbnail). Go to the texture layer and press Ctrl + J to copy the selection to a separate layer. Name the new layer “Wood Text”.

Step 3

If your editor’s version is lower than CS5, then you can use a little trick to create 3D text.

Create 30 copies of the “Wood Text” layer (Ctrl + J).

Step 4

Select the “Wood Text copy 30” layer, hold down the Shift key and double-click on the up and right arrow keys.

Choose a tool Move (Move Tool) (V), select all the “Wood Text” layers in the layers palette and click on the center alignment buttons on the top panel.

Step 5

Merge all the layers “Wood Text” (Ctrl + E) and name the resulting layer “3D Wood Layer”. Double click on it to open the styles window and set it up like this:

Stamping (Bevel Emboss):

Color overlay (Color Overlay):


Step 6

Tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool) (L) select some parts of the letter, as shown in the screenshot. Then instrument Dimmer (Burn Tool) (O) draw the shadows on the letter.

Step 7

Add a mask to the Wood Text copy 30 layer. Layer> Mask Layer> Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). Tool Lasso (Lasso Tool) (L) select several small sections of the letter and paint them in black on the mask. Remove the selection (Ctrl + D) and see the effect of peeling paint.

Step 8

On the front of the letter also need to add a wooden texture. To do this, place a wooden texture on top of all layers. Create for her adjustment layers Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) with clipping masks (Ctrl + Alt + G) for the texture layer.

Step 9

Apply the texture to the letter. For this, hide the extra part of the texture using a layer mask using the selection from the Wood Text copy 30 layer (Ctrl + click on the layer thumbnail). Set the blending mode for the texture layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 10

For greater realism, create a shadow and reflection from the letter. Shadows can be drawn with a black brush on a new layer under the 3D letter and apply a blur filter. To create a reflection, make a copy of the entire letter, flip vertically and use the Transformation tools to align the contact edges of the letter and the reflection. Do not forget to hide the extra reflection using the gradient fill on the mask.

Add a couple more letters:

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