How to Create 3D Text Without The Use of Any 3D Tools

When you saw the title, you probably said “Impossible, you can’t create 3D text with Photoshop!” Not entirely accurate. We can create extrusions even if the command isn’t available, adjust the depth and direction of the extrusion path or use shading and all we need is a different point of view on things. Sounds pretty good so far, huh?

Difficulty: beginner
Completion time: 3-5 min
Tools: Photoshop CS3 or later
Resources: Showcard Gothic font

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Create a document of 2000 x 2000 px in RGB color mode (File > New…) or a similar file size.

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Grab the Horizontal Type Tool (T), draw a type box with the about the same width as the canvas. Type in your desired text and hit the “OK” button in the top side.

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Duplicate this layer (CTRL+J). Select the original layer, make the text another color, go to the Layers palette and right-click near the layer thumb. Select “Rasterize Type”.

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Hit CTRL+T to enter Free Transform Mode, click the chain between the percentile values and change the value to “99.5%”. Hit Enter.

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Duplicate this layer (CTRL+J). Select its original and repeat STEP 4.

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Repeat this step until you get a decent “extrusion” height.

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Select all layers except the top-most one and “background” and hit CTRL+E to merge them. Click the “fx” in the Layers palette and select “Blending Options”. Use the settings below.

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Select the top-most layer and add a similar blending setting, like below.

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Done! 3D Text Without The Use Of Special Tools.

You can explore different extrusion paths if you change the reference point for the Free Transform mode.

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So there you have it, a simple way to create 3D text by using only Photoshop.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2011 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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31 Comments How to Create 3D Text Without The Use of Any 3D Tools

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  2. Ruben Nunez Nov 10, 2011 at 22:36

    This is interesting. I followed the tutorial and like the effect.

    I wonder if there is a way to do this so that you don’t have to rasterize it, and therefore can apply the effect and still edit the text.

    Now that would be cool!

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Doink Nov 11, 2011 at 10:21

      There is a workaround to do this: turn the whole process into an action :)

  3. web2feeds Nov 10, 2011 at 22:49

    It seems like the text came out really nice. :)

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  5. vikash Feb 7, 2012 at 14:33

    your tutorial is just awesome, very clear explanation.
    thanks so much :)

  6. samjith Feb 11, 2012 at 04:04

    good totorials, expecting more from u

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  17. Carla Sep 13, 2013 at 19:25

    Quick and easy, thanks!

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