3D type tutorial: Create 3D type using Photoshop CS6
In this tutorial, 3D artist and illustrator Craig Minchington demonstrates how to create elegant 3D type without using a CG suite such as Cinema 4D or Maya. Instead, he’ll use the 3D tools in the Extended version of Photoshop CS6.
Craig notes that although previous versions of Photoshop included 3D tools, these were awkward and lacking in their capabilities. “3D users in previous versions must shudder at the thought of the word ‘Repoussé’,” he explains.
However, Adobe has really stepped up its game with CS6’s new 3D tools Create Stunning 3D Text, which add many features, a clear workflow and improved usability. These new features allow you to really experiment with an object’s material and have full control of a scene’s lighting using spotlights, point lights and Craig’s personal favourite, image?based lighting (IBL).
IBL is an advanced 3D technique, where lighting from a real-world scene is captured and saved as an image. This is then projected between the camera and elements in your scene to make it appear that your scene has the same lighting. It’s an efficient way to produce lighting effects that not only render quickly, but look realistic too.
Follow along as Craig shows you how to generate 3D text and apply realistic materials and lighting, finally adding some adjustment layers to bring the piece together.
Setting the overall mood of an image can be easy, thanks to simple, highly effective lighting effects in Photoshop. It can also add another dimension to a relatively bland photo – making it a powerful tool to have in your box of tricks as a designer or illustrator. In this tutorial you’ll learn various techniques used by the professionals, including brushes, layer adjustments and layer modes – to name just a few.
The trick here is not to overpower the original source image – instead, you’re aiming to complement it with subtle elements. Once you have completed this tutorial you can experiment with your own findings to create unique and inspiring work.