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!

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How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
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 CS4
Select for the beginning the text options by clicking on the Text Options icon:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
… and then the Color options:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
… set the Extrusion options:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
Also the Bevel Options

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
… finally the Shadow Options:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
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 CS4
Choose after that the Export to File option and save each character:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
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 CS4

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 CS4
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 CS4
We’ve got the next background:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
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 CS4
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 CS4
We’ve got the next color for first ’0′ figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
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 CS4
and paint very accurately the frontal parts of the figures as shown:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
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 CS4
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 CS4
We’ve got the next gradient for ’2′ figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
Set the Layer Style >Gradient Overlay for the ’0′ figure as shown:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
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 CS4
We’ve got the next gradient for ’0′ figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
Set the Layer Style >Gradient Overlay for the ’1′ figure as shown:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
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 CS4
We’ve got the next gradient for ’1′ figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
Set the Layer Style > Gradient Overlay for the very last figure:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4
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 CS4
We’ve got the next gradients for figures:

How to make 3D spectacular text effect in Photoshop CS4

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