In this tutorial, you will learn how to create 3D text in Illustrator then transfer it to Photoshop to apply the effects. You’ll learn how to apply styles to regular 3D text to create a stunning design.
Preview of Final Result
Dazzling 3D Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial
Step 1 – Create a New Document
Open Photoshop. Choose File > New or press Ctrl/Command + N. I’m using wallpaper size of 1440px (width) X 900px (height) but you can use any size you wish.
Step 2 – Creation of 3D Text
We are going to start creating 3D text with the help of Illustrator. First you need to type the text in Illustrator. You can use any text you want. I’m just using the text “FX”. Open Illustrator, select the Type Tool and write the text. After typing change the font to “Hobo Std Medium“.
Step 3 – Coloring the Text
Change the color of the text. For “F” use blue (#094569) and for “X” use dark orange (#AB7D1B). Your image should look like the one below.
Step 4 – Adding 3D Effect to the Text
You need to create 3D solid text. To do that go to Menu > Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel…
Set the dialog similarly as on the picture below.
Step 5 – Placing the Background Color
Once you´re done with the 3D text move back to Photoshop and change the background color to blue (#000b12).
Step 6 – Placing 3D Text in Photoshop
In this step you’re going to place the 3D text in Photoshop. Copy the text from Illustrator and paste it in Photoshop. Select the layer with the text, right click on it and choose Rasterize Layer.
Step 7 – Separating Text
Now you are going to separate the text into two parts. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and make selection of the letter “X”. Press Ctrl + X to cut and Ctrl + V to paste the letter. Align the text accordingly.
Step 8 – Dodge Tool Settings
You need to create highlights on the text. Select the Dodge Tool (O) from tools and follow the brush settings as you can see in the image below.
Step 9 – Adding Highlights
Paint with the Dodge Tool over the areas you want to highlight. You can get inspiration from the image bellow.
Step 10 -Adding More Highlights
Follow the step 9 and create more highlight spots on the circled areas.
Step 11 – Adding Shadows
Once you´re done with highlights, you need to create shadows on the opposite side of the shape. Select the Burn Tool (O) from the tools and paint the shadows.
Step 12 – Adding More Shadows
Follow the step 11 and continue with adding even more shadows into the circled areas.
Step 13 – Increasing Intensity
To add more contrast to the text select the Dodge Tool (O). Increase the brush size to 800px and click over the whole letter “F” and then over the “X” to get the same result as in the image below.
Step 14 – Adding Corner Spotlights
Now you are going to add some spotlights to make the corners of the text shining. Select the Brush Tool (B). Select soft round with Master Diameter on 90px. Choose white foreground color and create a new layer. Paint over the corners of the text. See image below how it should look.
Step 15 – Erasing Feather
Erase parts of the glow which are not in the text but in the background.
Step 16 – Adding Outer Glow
To add Outer Glow to the spotlights click on the button Add a layer style. You can find that button in the bottom part of your Layers palette. If you donÂ´t see the palette simply press F7 and it will appear. Select the option Outer Glow and make following settings. Press OK.
Step 17 – Duplicating Spotlight Glow
Now duplicate the glow you’ve created in the step 14. Select the Smudge tool (R) and drag the brush from right to left, so the glow spreads over the text. See image below to know what I mean.
Step 18 – Blending the Glow
Select the Smudge Tool (R) and drag the glow around the text corners. See image below.
Your image should look like the one bellow so far.
Step 19 – Adding the Feather Glow
Now you are going to add some glow to the corners of the text. Select the Brush tool (B). Choose soft rounded brush and set the Master Diameter on 90px. Create a new layer and paint some glow around the edges as you can see bellow.
Step 20 – Placing Highlights to “X”
In this step we will focus on the letter “X”. Place the spotlights. Do it the same way as you did it in the step 14 and 15. See the image below for a reference.
Step 21 – Adding Outer Glow
Add Outer Glow to the spotlights. Click on the button Add a layer style, select Outer Glow and make following settings.
Step 22 – Choosing the Brush
Select the Brush Tool (B). Choose hard round brush and set the Master Diameter on 3px. You will need it in following steps.
Step 23 – Creating Path
Grab the Pen Tool (P) and create a path as you can see in the image below.
Step 24 – Adding Stroke Path
Now right click on the screen and choose the option Stroke Path…
Step 25 – Adding Brush Stroke
Choose the option Brush from the list and press OK.
Step 26 – Adding More Stroke Path
Repeat the steps 22 – 25 to add more strokes.