Text Effects

Create a “Clock Up” Wallpaper in Photoshop

Using 3D text effect as main design element wasn’t something new. I’m pretty certain that most of us has been seen 3D text in many place like magazine, poster or in the internet. Years ago, we need 3d application and some skills to create believable 3d text. But since Adobe released Photoshop CS5 in 2010, we really can depend on it to create cool 3d text. Feeling anxious about this topic? If you really want to learn, keep on reading to find out how we’re going to make it.

Preview of Final Results

final-result

“Clock Up” Wallpaper Photoshop Tutorial

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Step 1

Inside Photoshop, create a new document with 800×600 px wide with 150dpi resolution.

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Step 2

Fill the background layer with black then type the text you want, mine was ‘clock UP’. For optimal result, choose thick font with unique shape. As for the text color, make sure you set it white.

I assume you type the same word as i do, so arrange the word ‘clock’ to 168px size, whereas the word ‘UP’ reside below it with larger size, around 300px.

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Step 3

Show the Character panel ( from the Window> Character menu if you didn’t know how ). Inside the Character panel, set the leading to 230px. This will reduce the gap between ‘clock’ and ‘UP’ words. I’m also increase the font size for the word ‘UP’ to 340px, so both words wide is equally each other.

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Step 4

Transform text to 3D by using the menu 3D> Repouse> Text Layer. When the Repousse Dialog appear, rotate the mesh option is activated by default. So now you can drag the 3D text vertically upwards to get the 3D text perspective like shown in the image below.

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Step 5

Still inside the Repousse Dialog, look at the Extrude section. Reduce Depth value to 0.51 and Scale to 0,79. This will reduce extrudes depths while also enhance the perspective feels. In case you want bigger 3d text, click on the Scale the mesh option. Drag to right direction to increase the 3D text, while drag to left would decrease it. Click OK when you’re done.

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Step 6

The text layer become 3D layer now. Next, go to Window> 3D to show the 3D panel’s. Inside the 3D panel, select By Whole Scene filter. Click Scene category then choose Ray Traced Final from the Quality option.

Photoshop will start rendering your 3D text, it will takes some time to render the 3D text (depending on your hardware and ram/memory ) so just wait until it’s done.

Note: the rendering process will be interrupted if you do something ( such as moving the 3D text layer or change the layer blend mode ). If you coincidentally do this, just go back to 3D panel and set the Quality again, this way Photoshop will render the 3D text again.

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Step 7

When the rendering is done, you’ll get a smooth pretty 3D text like shown in the image below. Now go to Layer> Rasterize> 3D to rasterize the 3d layer.From now, the rasterized 3d text layer will be called ‘clock up’ layer.

Open texture image. Select All ( press Ctrl+A ), then copy it to the clipboard via Ctrl+C.

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Step 8

Back to our 3D text document, press Ctrl+V to paste the texture image above clock up layer. Make texture layer as a clipping mask layer and then change the blend mode to Linear Burn.

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