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Create an Elegant 3D Text Effect in Photoshop CS6

Create an Elegant 3D Text Effect in Photoshop CS6

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop CS6's Shape Attributes and 3D capabilities to create an elegant royal 3D text effect. It will guide you through modifying the shape settings, working on the 3D elements, creating the different materials, Adjusting the lights, and modifying the rendered result. Let's get started!

Elegant 3D Text Effect with gold and leather embossed text on a wood background

Tutorial Assets

  1. Elsie font.
  2. Padded pattern by Chris Baldie.
  3. Tileable Light Wood Textures by WebTreatsETC.
  4. Metallic pipes texture by fotofreccia (the small image will suffice).
  5. Gradient-shapes for Photoshop by ilnanny (Load the METALS.grd file).

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 800 px document, and fill the Background with Black.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Create the text in White, using the font Elsie, the font Size 250 pt, and set the Tracking value to 50.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 2

Go to Type > Convert to Shape. This will convert the text layer into a shape layer, which means it won’t be editable as text anymore. So make sure to modify the text before you convert it.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Duplicate the text shape layer, and pick the Direct Selection Tool to get the Shape settings in the Options bar. Change the Fill to None, the Stroke color to any gray color, the Stroke Size to 10, and the Align to Outside.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Select each text shape layer, then go to 3D > New 3D Extrusion from Selected Path, to convert the shape layers to 3D layers.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 3

Duplicate the Background layer and drag the copy on top of all layers. Go to 3D > New Mesh from Layer > Postcard.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Select all the 3D layers you have (click the one at the top, press and hold the Shift key, then click the one at the bottom), and go to 3D > Merge 3D Layers.

This will place all 3D layers in one scene.
Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
To access the 3D mesh settings and properties, you’ll need to open two panels: The 3D panel, and the Properties panel (both found under the Window menu).

The 3D panel has all the components of the 3D scene, and when you click the name of any of those, you’ll be able to access its settings in the Properties panel. So make sure to always select the name of the element you want to modify in the 3D panel before you change its settings in the Properties panel.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Select the Move Tool and check its Options bar. You’ll find a set of 3D Modes for the tool to the right of the bar. When you choose one of those, you can then click and drag to perform any changes (on the selected element in the 3D panel).

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 4

Select the text shape mesh name tabs in the 3D panel (select one then Ctrl/Cmd + select the other), and change the Extrusion Depth value in the Properties panel to 250.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Click the Cap icon at the top of the Properties panel, and change the Bevel Width to 3 and the Contour to Half Round.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Click the Coordinates icon, and change the X Rotation angle to 90°. This will make the text meshes perpendicular to the Ground Plane.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Select the plane mesh name and change its X Rotation Angle to 90° as well.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
You can fill the Background layer with any color other than Black so that it is easier to see the 3D meshes.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 5

Select the 3D layer again, then the plane mesh name in the 3D panel. Go to 3D > Snap Object to Ground Plane, and under Coordinates in the Properties panel, increase the Y Position value you have by 0.1 so that the plane is not exactly on the original Ground Plane.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Select the outer text mesh name in the 3D panel, and snap it to the Ground Plane as well. Then, select the inner text mesh name, and move it so that it extends a bit outside the stroke.

You can do that with the Move Tool selected, using the 3D Axis. The arrows at the ends of the 3D Axis move the mesh, the part below them is used for rotation, and the cubes are used for scaling. The cube in the center is used to scale the object uniformly. All you need to do is click and drag the part you need to perform the changes.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
When you’re done, select the Current View tab in the 3D panel, and use the Move Tool’s 3D Modes to move the scene around until you get a camera view you like.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Select the plane mesh, then scale it uniformly until it covers all the empty areas around the text.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 6

Time to work on the materials.

Start by selecting all the material tabs of both text meshes in the 3D panel, except for the Extrusion materials (Ctrl/Cmd + click the tabs to select). Then, in the Properties panel, click the Diffuse texture icon and choose Remove Texture.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Change the Diffuse color to # bea221, the Specular to # bbb08c, the Shine value to 55%, the Reflection to 35%, and the Refraction to 1.35. This will create the shiny gold material.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Select the inner text Extrusion material tab, remove the Diffuse texture, then change the Diffuse color to # 6c1e98, the Specular to # e3e1d7, the Illumination to #000000, the Ambient to # 4d1972, the Shine value to 75%, the Reflection to 25%, the Opacity to 30%, and the Refraction to 1.1. This will create the glass material.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 7

Click the outer text mesh Extrusion material tab, remove the Diffuse texture, then change the Diffuse color to # 4b2262, the Specular to # a7a188, the Shine value to 75%, the Reflection to 25%, and the Refraction to 1.3.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Click the Bump folder icon and choose New Texture.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Type in 1000 and 550 for the Width and Height values.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Click the Bump texture icon and choose Edit Texture.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
This will open the texture’s file. Duplicate the Background layer.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 8

Double click the Background copy layer to apply a Pattern Overlay effect using the “Padded” pattern.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Click the ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ icon down the 3D panel and choose Brightness/Contrast.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Change the Brightness to 1 and the Contrast to -50.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Once again, click the ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ icon, but this time, choose Levels. Then change the Shadows value to 7 and the Highlights value to 210.

Save the file (file > Save) and close it (File > Close) to go back to the original 3D document.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Change the Bump value to 55%. Now you can start seeing the texture clearly.

What the Bump texture does is that it creates an illusion of raised areas for the lighter colors in the texture, and more flat ones for the darker colors.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Click the Bump texture icon and choose Edit UV Properties. Then, change the U Scale to 1000%, the V Scale to 100%, and both the U Offset and V Offset to 0.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 9

Click the plane material tab, then click its Diffuse texture icon and choose Replace Texture. Load the “webtreats_light_wood4.jpg” image from the “Tileable Light Wood Textures” pack, then click the Diffuse texture icon again and choose Edit Texture to open its file.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
In the texture’s file, duplicate the Background layer then double click the copy to apply a Color Overlay effect. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply and the color to #656565.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
This will darken the wood texture a bit. You can use lighter or darker colors if you like depending on the outcome you want. Save the file and close it to go back to the original document.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Click the Diffuse texture icon once more and choose Edit UV Properties. Change the U Scale to 1000%, the V Scale to 300%, and both the U Offset and V Offset to 0. You might need to use other values if you want to get larger or smaller tiles of wood.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
As for the other settings,  change the Specular color to # 5e5e5e, the Shine value to 90%, the Reflection to 20%, and remove the Opacity texture.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 10

Click the Infinite Light 1 tab in the 3D panel, then, in the Properties panel, change its color to #faf8f1, its Intensity to 80%, and its Shadow Softness to 30% .

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
You can then move the light around until you like how it casts the shadow, or use the same Coordinates values shown below.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Click the Add new Light to Scene icon down the 3D panel, and choose New Point Light.

Change the Point Light’s color to # fff7d5, its Intensity to 55%, and uncheck its Shadow box. Then, check the LightFalloff box, change the Inner value to 50 and the Outer to 200. This will make the light gradually fade.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 11

Before you position the Point Light, it is a good idea to save the camera view. To do so, click the Current View tab, then choose the Save option from the View drop down menu in the Properties panel.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Type in a name for the view and click OK.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
The view will be added down the 3D panel and to the View menu. So whenever you change the camera angle and want to get back to this view, just click its tab in the 3D panel or choose it from the View menu.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Step 12

You can now change the camera view to position the Point Light in front of the text. You can use the same Coordinates values below as well. When you’re done, go back to the final camera view you saved.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Click the Environment tab in the 3D panel, then click its IBL folder icon in the Properties panel and choose Load Texture.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Open the “metallic pipes texture…”, and change the Intensity to 50%.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Click the IBL texture icon and choose Edit Texture to open the texture file.  Then go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Click the Colorize box, and change the Hue value to 30 to give the texture an orange tint. Save and close the file.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
You can use the Move Tool to click and drag the Environment texture’s sphere to move it in the scene until you like how it looks.
When you’re done modifying the scene, go ahead and render it (3D > Render).

The rendering might take a while, but you can stop it anytime by pressing the Esc key.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
When the rendering is done, click the ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ icon and choose Gradient Map.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial
Change the adjustment layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light, its Opacity to 35%, and use the “Bronze Bz 22” gradient fill from the METALS.grd file.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial

Conclusion

And you’re done! The many material settings and options are a powerful part of the 3D Environment in Photoshop CS6, as well as the 3D Scene Tools and Light types. So by using the right combination of textures, colors, and settings, you can get a great quality outcome.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and found it helpful.

Elegant 3D Text Effect Photoshop tutorial with gold and leather embossed text on a wood background

We’d love if you give this tutorial a shot and tweet us your results!

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Rose is a freelance Graphic Designer who started using Photoshop in 2007. She is the founder of textuts.com: a text effect tutorials’ blog. Aside from writing text effect tutorials, she works on different types of print and 3D designs as well.

 


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Comments

  • Reply »
    John

    John

    Very cool 3D text effect!

    Dec 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm
    • Reply »
      Rose

      Rose

      Glad you like it :)
      Thanks for the comment.

      Jan 21, 2014 at 7:50 am
  • Reply »
    Martin

    Martin

    Look great, thanks for the tutorial.

    Never used the 3d thing in photoshop yet, but it seems that i might after this tutorial :)

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:57 am
    • Reply »
      Rose

      Rose

      Awesome! :D
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

      Jan 21, 2014 at 7:52 am
  • Reply »
    Saeidkiller

    Saeidkiller

    very Nice
    thanks
    but why you dont attach pdf file to download & reveiw tutorial ?
    Its just suggestion
    sorry for My Bad english ;)

    Jan 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply »
    Mika

    Mika

    Look nice! I have learnt a lot from this tutorial!

    Apr 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply »
    Crapcom

    Crapcom

    Thanks a lot - great tut. Really enjoyed it.

    Apr 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply »
    alexander rean

    alexander rean

    i will use this ui for design my website

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:17 pm
  • Reply »
    Qasim

    Qasim

    Very Impressive tutorial with clear cut steps…Thanks for this great work.

    Jul 30, 2014 at 5:38 am
  • Reply »
    Filip

    Filip

    Amazing tutorial for spectacular effect. I really enjoyed this tut, but I couldnt fnish it. I got strange result after rendering scene. There are some weird white parts in my render. What am I doing wrong? Is there some easy solution for this?
    http://i59.tinypic.com/2ns9ua8.jpg Thank you one more time for great tutorial!

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:18 am
    • Reply »
      Rose

      Rose

      Hi Filip,

      This might be caused by having the ground’s 3D mesh placed exactly on the scene’s Ground Plane.

      Did you make sure to increase the ground mesh’s (Background copy Mesh tab in the 3D panel) Y Position value by a very small amount (0.1 for example) as mentioned in the beginning of Step 5?

      Hope this helps solve the issue. If not, please feel free to leave a reply.

      Thank you for the kind words.

      Sep 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm
      • Reply »
        Filip

        Filip

        Hi Rose,

        Thank you very much for really quick reply. You are absolutely right. I did placed background mesh directly on ground. Sorry for bothering with this. I learnt a lot of thanks to your step by step tutorial.

        One more time huge thanks Rose!

        Sep 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm
        • Reply »
          Rose

          Rose

          You’re very welcome, no problem at all.
          Glad the problem was solved :)

          Thanks a lot for the kind words :)

          Sep 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply »
    Scott

    Scott

    I think I must be missing something… I follow the steps EXACTLY for setting up the document, size, font size, etc and I’m not getting anywhere near the result that is displayed.

    I am using Photoshop CC 2014, new document at 1500 px by 800 px, 72dpi (the word I’m using is longer than “Royal”) font size 250,

    Everything is good until I get to step 4, then it all falls apart. The extrusion depth is something like 2700 px, so obviously, when I make it 250, it’s not nearly the effect shown.

    I’ve also done this tutorial with changing the values to fit what I’m doing, and everything works out ok until I try to add the padding pattern to the Bump. I don’t get anything other than a bunch of ridges running down the outer extrusion.

    Any help would be appreciated as I love this effect.

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:23 pm
    • Reply »
      Rose

      Rose

      Values can be a bit different for CC+ versions.

      So the Extrusion Depth might be something around 700.

      As for the Bump, click its texture icon, choose Edit UV Properties, then adjust the Scale values. Maybe something like 10 and 100. Make sure to run a quick render because sometimes the result does not show before rendering.

      Once you render, you should be able to get an idea on how things look, and adjust them accordingly if needed.

      Hope this helps.

      If the Bump issue still exists though, please feel free to leave a reply with a screenshot of the issue if possible.

       

      Oct 29, 2014 at 1:47 am

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