How to create 3D Love text composition

February 23rd, 2010 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing, Text Effects

   

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a stunning 3D text effect using different textures to give it a unique look with Xsara3D & Photoshop.

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How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe 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 represent here by turn the letters composing LOVE word.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Select for the beginning the text options by clicking on the Text Options icon:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
… and then the Color options:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
… set the Extrusion options:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Also the Bevel Options

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Then we have to set also the angle of the letters’ position on the file and the light:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set angle and the light for letter ‘O’:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set angle and the light for letter ‘V’:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set angle and the light for letter ‘E’:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Choose now Export to File and save each letter. 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. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with black color the new background layer.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Select the Custom Shape Tool (U) in the Tools bar, in the Options bar click the Shape to open the selection menu. Find Registration Target 2 shape at the bottom of the menu, and then double-click a shape thumbnail to select it.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click and drag to draw the shape with #C00000 color.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Rasterize the entire layer contents, create a new empty layer below the layer with rays effects and Merge Down (Ctrl+E on Windows/Command+E on Mac). Click on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon, click on mask to make it active and select a Soft Round brush of black color

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
click several times on the middle part of the document using Soft Round brush.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Press CTRL+I to Invert the colors and click once again on the middle part of the picture.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 59% for this layer

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Rasterize the layer by creating a new empty layer below the layer with rays effects and Merge Down (Ctrl+E on Windows/Command+E on Mac). Choose for the layer the next filter: Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 55% for this layer in Layers panel:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and apply the Soft Round brush to make lighter the central part of the document. The color is #FF0000 (Opacity 50%).

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
The layer will be situated under the rays’ layer.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 59% for this layer in Layers panel:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and apply the Soft Round brush mentioned above to paint the central part of the document with the color #C00000

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 44% and change the Blending mode for this layer to Vivid Light

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Insert the earlier saved letters of the LOVE word. Keep each letters in its own layer, and then arrange them around each other, in whatever way looks good to you.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Go to Layer Style to add Stroke for each layer containing the letters.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Next we need to create new layer and using the Pen Tool (P) in Path Mode draw the next path on the frontal part of the letter ‘L’.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe 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 create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Add also the Stroke

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next effect on the letter

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Using the same Pen Tool (P) in a new layer we must represent the frontal part for letter “O”. Firstly we need to draw the outer shape of the letter “O” and close off the path, then select the path in Paths panel, go to Pen Tool (P), choose Subtract from shape area option from Options bar and draw in where the hole should be.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% for this layer and go to Layer Style to add Gradient Overlay

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe 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 create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Also set the Stroke

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next result:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create new layer and using the Pen Tool (P) in Path Mode draw the next path on the frontal part of the letter ‘V’.

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Fill to 0% and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay:

How to create 3D Love text composition in Adobe Photoshop CS4

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  • aroel

    23/02/2010

    vryy cool :)

  • dumm

    26/02/2010

    “LOVE is in the air” – good for Valentine`s Day. Good job. Like it.

  • Web & Graphic Designer

    26/02/2010

    Text effects never get old!

  • Akhil Raj

    26/02/2010

    That’s awesome. The final result is just g8. Thnx 4 the tut man.

  • Lorenzo

    26/02/2010

    very nice! can someone please email me a free download of Xara3d! advance thankyou! :)

  • vector

    26/02/2010

    Feeling very good, thank you!

  • Alexander

    27/02/2010

    Nice work, it really fits valentine.
    I like how you mixed in some 3d effects instead of the boring 2d. :)
    Posted it on my website, though it’s in a queue since more people are posting before you. So it will be up in 18 hours.
    linking to this tutorial.

    If you ever feel like getting some more viewers just drop by at my website (www.GraphicPusher.tk).
    No sign up needed, you post we provide with links to you.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful art!
    //Alexander.

  • Hasan ali

    27/02/2010

    hey guys please help me out …i selected the frontal parts with pen tool bt when i go in layer options and apply gradient overlay nothing happens what to do guys pls help me…

  • free vectors

    27/02/2010

    another great tutorial thanks !!!

  • Project Center

    28/02/2010

    Clear and easy to understand tutorial (especially appreciate the clear screenshots you’ve included as part of the post).

  • Ariyadi Arnas

    14/03/2010

    NICE…WORK!!

  • Jofrek

    15/03/2010

    nice)))

  • Crissy

    21/03/2010

    I’VE GOT THE SAME ISSUE AS HASAN ALI :/ WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?

  • Johnny

    21/03/2010

    is there a video tutorial to this?

  • wal3a_em

    26/03/2010

    wawwwwwwww thanksssss

  • MAarokas

    09/04/2010

    HELP, same as Crissy and Hasan ali

  • jerfuentes

    10/04/2010

    very, nice

  • Noe

    08/05/2010

    How to fill #C00000 Color,

    where to find that

  • Gasy Yooth

    18/05/2010

    thanks ,very nice tuts. but tell me why can’t apply the gradient overlay after selecting with the pen tool??? please reply!!!

  • Alaska

    04/06/2010

    Very good , thank you very much ^^

  • Jason

    17/06/2010

    Merci c’est un très bon tuto, mais j’ai un petit problème, quand je fais glisser la forme sur le fond noir je les couleur n’apparaissent pas quelqu’un pourrait m’aidez s’il vous plaît ?

  • 40ayak

    10/10/2010

    super lesson, thank you very much

  • white

    25/11/2010

    super good .

  • ptite_chipie

    24/01/2011

    Superbe! magnifique! bien expliqué! bravo!

  • Joe M

    19/02/2011

    This is so beautiful!

  • PrincipeDeyser

    23/09/2011

    Se Cool

  • Zule

    02/12/2011

    To Hasan ali – use the paint bucket tool .

  • Jerry

    10/01/2012

    Same prob as Hasan and the others. Paint bucket did nothing at all to fix it. Can you please explain how to get it to work right? Using CS4.

  • GErman

    21/03/2013

    Nice Work…

    Maintain it and make More..

    I Appreciated your EFFORT !!

  • shrihari

    16/04/2013

    brilliant…thanks..