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Creating editable 3D text

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Video: Creating editable 3D text

There may come a time as you're working with text inside of Photoshop that you want to create something that's a little bit out there, something like 3D. In previous versions of Photoshop, like CS3 and CS4, we had to mimic 3D in a way that used layer styles and extra copies of a layer and a bunch of trickery. In Photoshop CS5, they introduced something called 3D Repousse, which allowed us to create 3D text, but once we rendered the text, it was pretty much useless because we couldn't go in and change it anytime we want it to. In Photoshop CS6, we now have the ability to create what's called a 3D extrusion on our text, and that allows us to then edit the text after the fact, even after we've rendered it.

Creating editable 3D text

There may come a time as you're working with text inside of Photoshop that you want to create something that's a little bit out there, something like 3D. In previous versions of Photoshop, like CS3 and CS4, we had to mimic 3D in a way that used layer styles and extra copies of a layer and a bunch of trickery. In Photoshop CS5, they introduced something called 3D Repousse, which allowed us to create 3D text, but once we rendered the text, it was pretty much useless because we couldn't go in and change it anytime we want it to. In Photoshop CS6, we now have the ability to create what's called a 3D extrusion on our text, and that allows us to then edit the text after the fact, even after we've rendered it.

It's pretty cool. Let's take a look. I'm going to reset my workspace really quick to my Web Design workspace. You could also just work from the Essentials workspace. No big deal. And I'm going to make sure that I have the text layer selected that's THE FUTURE IS NOW... You can open up the layer group 728 x 90 and find that text layer right there. Once I have that text layer selected, I'm going to go to the 3D menu. And this is something that's only available in Photoshop CS6 Extended. So if you're working with Photoshop CS6 regular, you won't have this option. So I'm going to select New 3D Extrusion from Layer and that's going to pop up with a box saying that I'm about to crate a 3D layer, asking me if I want to switch to the 3D workspace.

I'll hit Yes just so you can see what it looks like. So basically I get all these controls over here to set up how the camera works, where the text is in relation to me, et cetera. And so right now I'm just going to do a simple rotation on this. I'll click and drag to rotate it around as if it's sort of falling off the page there. And once I'm done with that positioning, I'll switch to my Move tool and I'll come out here and I'm just going to click somewhere on the text so that 3D mesh is selected. You'll notice that little blue line appears around the outside of it. Once I have that selected, I can then grab my Type tool, come out, and I can right-click and choose Edit Type.

It jumps into a temporary document that allows me to just grab a hold of the type and change it. And you have to be sure to click directly on the type mesh so this blue line appears; otherwise, you won't be able to edit the text. So if I want it to say, instead of The FUTURE IS NOW... ROBOTS ARE COOL with an exclamation point--I know that's hard to see because it's white text, but I'll just do that right there. Then I'll save it, and close it. I come back into this and ROBOTS ARE COOL! is now the 3D text layer.

Of course this is unrendered and still kind of wonky because I twisted it a little bit and all that good stuff, but if you take some time to learn about 3D, you can create some really amazing compositions that are now more flexible than ever since they have this new editable 3D Text tool inside of Photoshop. If you want more information about the 3D features in Photoshop CS6, my suggestion would be to go check out Deke McClelland's Photoshop CS6 New Features course. Deke has a great movie inside of there that explains the full breadth of the new 3D tools inside of Photoshop CS6, and that's available in the lynda.com online training library.

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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