Photoshop Text Effects
In Photoshop, there are many different ways to transform a normal text into something unique. You can make almost any kind of effect imaginable and a wide range of effects can be made using only the Layer Styles panel. But there are many other different ways to make a plain text even more interesting. So today, I will show you how you can give a normal text a sliced 3D effect using some basic Photoshop tools. Please note: The text and shapes I will use for this tutorial are for demostration purposes only. You can use any text and make any shape that you wish for your particular design.
Open Photoshop and make a new file at any size you want. In this case, I will make mine at 1200 x 1200 px with the background color set to black.
Select the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and, using any font you want, type your text. Here I will be using "Heavitas" at 850 pt with the color set to white for demostration purposes only.
With the text layer selected, go to Type > Rasterize Type Layer.
Select the Lasso Tool (L) and draw a selection around the top area of your text as shown.
Go to Edit > Cut and then to Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place. Rename the layer to "1".
Select the Text Layer and using the Lasso Tool (L) draw another selection on your text as shown.
Go to Edit > Cut and then to Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place. Rename the layer to "2".
Following the same procedure, cut 2 more pieces on your text. Remember to rename the layers to "3" and "4".
Move each layer around a bit to separate the different parts as shown.
Select the Background layer and using the Pen Tool (P) draw a shape mimicking the piece of that text part as shown using any color you want.
Select the "4" layer. Again, using the Pen Tool (P), draw a shape mimicking the piece of that text part as shown using any color that you want.
Select the "3" layer. Again, using the Pen Tool (P) draw a shape mimicking the piece of that text part as shown using any color that you want.
To add a bit more depth to the effect, select the "Shape 1" layer and make a new layer above it. Then using a soft brush with the color set to black, paint some shadows as shown.
Lastly add some more shadows to the remaining parts to finish the effect.
If you want to change the slices colors, simply double click on the corresponding Shape layer and select any color you want from the Color Picker window.