Create a Simple 3D Text Effect in Photoshop in 45 Seconds!


Hello Everyone,

In this tutorial we’ll see how to create a simple 3D Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop in just 45 seconds without using any of the blending options!

Difficulty : Beginner

Let’s get started,

  1. Open Up Photoshop.
  2. Create a New Document of your own desired size. I’ve set it to : 1280 x 1024 at 72 pixels/inch.
  3. Take a your text tool and type something on the canvas. You can also use an image if you like.
  4. Now Ctrl + Click on the ‘Rectangular Thumbnail’ of your text layer on the Layers panel (on the bottom right).
  5. Now create a New Layer (Ctrl + Shift + N).
  6. Now Goto Select -> Modify -> Expand.
  7. In the Expand dialog box, type in ‘5’ pixels and click OK.
  8. Now set the Background Color to Black.
  9. Then Press Alt + Delete to fill the selected region with the background color.
  10. Drag the Blackened Layer below our original text layer.
  11. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to shift the position of the layer to give the desired 3D look to your text.
  12. Thats it!

You can check out the video of the tutorial below :

In the video,
⌘ – Key Corresponds to Ctrl on Windows
⌥ – Alt on Windows

For those who are wondering an easier way, the same can be obtained by using the drop shadow blending option with spread to 20% and size to 0px with your required distance.

ElamParithi Arul is Editor At Large and the Owner of Tech Twinklers. He is the founder of the Parithi Network. Basically being a 23 year old Whizkid, He's A Mac User. An Adventurer. A Tech Enthusiast, An Avid PC and PlayStation Gamer, A Hobbyist Photographer and a Nature Lover. His basic interests are developing Websites, Apps and coming up with various creative ideas for a better vibrant tomorrow. He is a professional blogger for about 4 years and writes blogs regarding technology, gaming, and about his own personal life. You can follow him on Twitter at @Parithi

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