Create 3D Text in Photoshop Cs4
Adobe Photoshop CS4 can create a variety of text effects for use as titles in a video or print project. 3D text helps draw attention to elements in a graphic by simulating depth and dimensional space that helps lift the text off the background. Although Photoshop CS4 can work with 3D objects created by animation software, the creation of 3D elements within Photoshop may not be so intuitive.
1. Create a new file in Photoshop by selecting “File” and “New” from the menu. Make the file 11 inches wide and 8.5 inches high.
2. Select the Text Tool by pressing the “T” key. Use the text properties menu to choose a bold font like Arial Black or Impact. Make the font size 70 points. Choose yellow as the text color, then type “3d Text.”
3. Duplicate the text layer by pressing the “Ctrl” and “J” keys.
4. Change the text color of the duplicated layer to black by selecting the text color palette beneath the main menu. When finished, reselect the original text layer.
5. Move the yellow text layer to the front by selecting “Layer” then “Arrange” then “Bring to Front” from the menu.
6. Select the black duplicated text layer you moved to the back and use the “Ctrl” and “J” keys to create three or four more duplicates of the same text layer.
7. Rasterize the text layers. Select all text layers from the Layers tab, right click on your mouse, and select “Rasterize Type” from the menu.
8. With the rasterized text layers still selected, press “Ctrl” and “T” on your keyboard to enter the Transform mode. Right click on your mouse and select “Perspective” from the menu. Drag the transform anchor in the upper right corner downward. This will create the vanishing perspective commonly associated with 3D text.
9. Offset one layer from the other. Select the first duplicated text layer. Select the Move tool by pressing the “V” key, then use your right arrow on the keyboard and press it two times. Then press the down arrow two times. Your duplicated layer will now be offset from the original layer by 2 pixels. Repeat this step for each additional duplicated layer. You should now see how these layers are building three-dimensional depth to the original yellow text layer.