How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make 3D spectacular text effect using simple techniques from Xara3D and Photoshop. We’ll use Xara3D to create the text and Photoshop to decorate the text with different brushes. Let’s get started!

Start by creating each letter separately in a 3D program, I use Xara3D (download the Xara3D 6 trial to your Desktop, run the installer file and follow the on-screen instructions), and import them into a Photoshop document.
Create a new file in Xara3D and then start representing by one figure of the next year (2010)

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Select for the beginning the text options by clicking on the Text Options icon:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

… and then the Color options:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

… set the Extrusion options:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Also the Bevel Options

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

… finally the Shadow Options:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Then we have to set also the angle of the figures’ position on the file and the light:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Choose after that the Export to File option and save each character:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop
How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop
How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop
How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Using the Rectangle Tool (U), let’s represent a big rectangle reserved for background we want to have.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

For this layer click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

We’ve got the next background:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Import the earlier saved figures into a Photoshop document. Keep each figure in its own layer, and then arrange them around each other, in whatever way looks good to you.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

For the layer containing the first ‘0′ figure we’ll adjust the Hue/Saturation (CTRL+U) settings. Click and drag the Hue slider to change the color of the selected figure

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

We’ve got the next color for first ‘0′ figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Next we’ll represent four new layers (Create new layer) for each figure and select Hard Round brush of white color from Brush Tool (B)

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

and paint very accurately the frontal parts of the figures as shown:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Each layer must have different Layer Style. For the layer contain ‘2′ figure, click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

We’ve got the next gradient for ‘2′ figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Set the Layer Style >Gradient Overlay for the ‘0′ figure as shown:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

We’ve got the next gradient for ‘0′ figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Set the Layer Style >Gradient Overlay for the ‘1′ figure as shown:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

We’ve got the next gradient for ‘1′ figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Set the Layer Style > Gradient Overlay for the very last figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

We’ve got the next gradients for figures:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Create a new layer and using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) represent several lines the way it is represented below. Firstly let’s represent the rectangular selection and then choose the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the selection with white color.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop
How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Next select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) and place the lines’ layer exactly the way it is shown below:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Set the Fill to 40%. Make three copies of the layer containing the lines. The copies will be used for other figures:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Click on the lines’ layer to make it active on the Layers panel, hold CTRL button and click on the frontal figure’s layer contain the gradient; there will be a selection of this layer:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Click on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add a Mask icon and the lines will be cut around the figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

This operation should be done for the rest of the figures. Choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to place the copies’ layers with lines above the other figures. We’ve got the next effect on the figures:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Next step we’ll download a set of brushes for in Adobe Photoshop, named: Floral and Floral ornaments . Create a new layer and go to Brush Tool (B), select the next brushes from downloaded set - Floral.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Apply brushes as shown:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Then make the layer containing the ornaments active, holding CTRL+SHIFT click on the frontal layer contain gradient of each figure and there we’ll have the selection of the figures’ layers:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Click on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add a Mask icon and the ornaments will cut out around the figures:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Set the Fill to 68% for the layers contain the ornaments and change Blending mode to Luminosity

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Select Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop
How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Take now the Custom Shape Tool (U) to represent several snowflakes on the figures:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Choose a different Fill value for the snowflakes’ layers, getting this way the next demonstrated result:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

This way we can represent the snowflakes on the rest of the figures:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Combine in a group all the layers composing the snowflakes above the ‘2′ figure (press CTRL button to select the corresponding layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button while dragging the selected layers on Create new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel). Set the Opacity to 59% for the made group.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Next we have to combine in a group all the layers composing the figures, snowflakes, brushes’ ornaments, the lines and the Curves adjustment layer (press CTRL button to select the corresponding layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button while dragging the selected layers on Create new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel). Create a new layer and go to Brush Tool (B), select the next brushes from downloaded set - Floral_ornaments. Foreground color is white.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Apply brushes as shown. This layer needs to be placed lower than the figures’ group, Curves adjustment layer, the brushes’ ornaments and snowflakes.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Find a stock photo of a flower, like the one from below:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Cut out the flower and insert it on a new layer. Using the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) we can make smaller the flower’s dimension, placing it the way from below.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

The flower’s layer will be placed lower than the figures’ group:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Make four copies of the last made layer with the flower and select Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to place the copies the same way demonstrated below. The copies’ layers will be placed lower than the figures’ group, but above the brushes (from Floral _ornament set).

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Next we must apply the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw a circle lower than the earlier represented figures’ group, brushes’ layers and the flowers layers.

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Set the Fill to 0% for the layer with circle and go to Layer Style >Stroke

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

We’ve got the next circle:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Next we’ll make copies of the layer with the circle and choose Free Transform (Ctrl+T) click on Maintain Aspect Ratio in Options bar to make smaller proportionally each following circle:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Combine in a group all the layers with the circles (press CTRL button to select the corresponding layers and hold on the left mouse’s button while dragging the selected layers on Create a new group icon from bottom part of Layers panel). Make four copies of the group we’ve got and select again Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to change the copies’ sizes, placing them under the characters’ layers:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

Select a different Fill value on the groups’ copies of the circles:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop
How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop

The final result!
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