Create Inspirational 3D Gold Text with Photoshop Extended

Create Inspirational 3D Gold Text with Photoshop Extended

Step 7

We’re going to work on the rest of the materials later when we have everything else set up. For now, we’re going to align text layer with the background layer. Change your camera view to Left by right-clicking on the view box on the bottom-right corner and choosing Left.
Next, select the text and background layer groups. You can select multiple layers by holding the Ctrl or Cmd key. Select the Move tool then click on the align left edges button in the options bar. Now your text is aligned with the background and you can switch your view back to the Default Camera view.

Step 8

Render your scene by pressing Alt+Shift+Ctrl+R (Option+Shift+Cmd+R on Macs) to get a preview of how your text looks like. Everything looks pretty flat and if you like it this way, you can let Photoshop render the entire scene and save your image. We can do a lot more to make our quote look more dramatic by adding some lights. Lighting is a huge subject and it plays a large part in how your 3D text will look. There are many ways to light your 3D text but we’ll show you an easy one that uses just one light.
3D Text
To add a light to your scene, click on the New Light button in your 3D panel and choose New Point Light.
We’re going to position this light on the top-right corner of the text and have it cast a shadow diagonally. Moving a light to the perfect spot takes a bit of experience with 3D but there’s an easier way to do this. Select the Move tool and set the 3D mode to Rotate in the options bar.
In the view box located on the bottom left of your screen, drag to reposition your view so that you are looking at your 3D text from the top-right corner. Think of it like playing a first person shooter game – you want to reposition yourself so that you can shine your flashlight from the upper-right side of the text. Once you’re in the right angle, switch your 3D mode to Slide and position yourself so that you’re further away from the 3D text. When you’re in the right position, click on the Move to View button in the Properties panel to move your point light to your current view. To make your shadow more noticeable, increase your intensity. We’ll readjust this setting later. Switch back to the Default Camera view then render the scene to preview your lighting. Play around with the camera view and light intensity to get the results that you like.

Step 9

We have our shadow but it looks too solid. To improve it, we’re going to make the shadow fade by adjusting the light falloff of your point light. Make sure that you have your Point Light selected then in the Properties panel, enable the Light Falloff option. Zoom out of your document so that you can see the point light then adjust the outer light falloff setting so that the outline reaches the bottom-right of your document. Next, adjust your inner light falloff setting so that the outline reaches the top-right corner of your document. Render the scene to get a preview of the effect.
Here’s the before and after results of the light falloff setting.

Step 10

Now we’re going to go back to the 3D text, give it a bevel, and adjust the material setting. First, select the 3D text layer. In the Properties panel, click on the Cap settings then set the width to 10%. This will give your text a slight bevel on the edge.

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30 comments on “Create Inspirational 3D Gold Text with Photoshop Extended”

  1. I tried it but the results on mine looked alot more basic/cheaper - on the tutorial photos the effects look higher quality, more like after effects

  2. Working on the background, I was wondering if there is the possibility to make it transparent: I mean, a soft (really soft) black just around the borders of the main writing, black that then fades to transparent.
    If you are able to indicate me a few steps to achieve this effect I will appreciate your help.

  3. Is it possible to follow this tutorial with Photoshop cs5.5?
    For example, I see that in PsCS5.5 I have not the voice "New 3D Extrusion from selected layer" with right click on the shape layer.

    1. I'm pretty sure you can do it with Photoshop CS5.5 Extended but the interface will look different. You need "CS5.5 Extended" (not the CS5.5) for 3D work.

  4. Firstly, this is just beautiful! Love it! I'd like to try creating CS4 Extended. Is this an adventure worth trying or are the 3D Tools/Techniques in CS6 far too advanced for my endeavor?

  5. Awesome tutorial! Thank you for offering it. Can you tell me how I can make the background behind my text translucent/transparent, please?

    1. @Joachim:
      It's a simple technique ; The shape dynamics.
      1. Create a new layer.
      2. Goto window->Brush, choose a circular brush with 100% radius
      3. Use spacing and set to 1000%.
      4. Opt for shape dynamics and use size jitter 40% and roundness jitter to 25%(yup you can experiment your own values)
      5. Now draw above the layer we created at step one to get uneven circles.
      6. Give it a bit of Gaussian Blur (filter->blur->Gaussian blur....yes u know).
      7.Use overlay

      repeat steps 1 through 7 with different brush sizes and colors if you prefer...

      voila, you are there......

  6. the option U specified in Step 2 . ."choose New 3D extrusion from layer."

    this option is not highlighted . . what to do?? tell me some solution

  7. Precise dense video tutorial...Not a second is useless....highly informative and descriptive with clear explanation.....awesome is the word.......

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