Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects

with Deke McClelland
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Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects
Video duration: 0s 5h 51m Intermediate


In this final installment of Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One, Deke McClelland creates a total of seven 3D type effects from scratch. This project-based course shows how to create and modify 3D type, craft hand-drawn effects, and design complex character extrusions. The course also explains how to color-correct and post-process 3D type in Camera RAW.

Topics include:
  • Smearing colors across letters
  • Creating drop-and-splatter effects
  • Tracing character outlines with smart filters
  • Rotating, positioning, and scaling words
  • Quickly (and accurately) masking 3D letters
  • Assigning complex, high-quality bevels
  • Matching 3D type to a photographic scene
  • Adding a crack to a grunge letter
  • Making a 3D pillow inflation
  • Simulating worn fabric with soft noise
  • Making blocky type using depth maps
  • Carving recessed type in a tree
  • Creating a sunken extrusion
  • Bending 3D text as a Smart Object
3D + Animation Design


- Hi, I'm Deke McClelland. Hello and welcome to Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects, the final installment in my four-part series on 3D in Photoshop. In this course I'll share with you a variety of recipes for creating 3D-type effects in Photoshop Extended. We start with this standard text layer inside of Photoshop and then we extrude and slant the type in 3D space. I go ahead and add what's known as a diffused texture to create these trails of blood and then I add some bevels and some lights in order to get this effect here.

Now it wouldn't be Photoshop if you couldn't merge the 3D along with a 2D photograph and then we go ahead and develop this image in none other than Camera Raw. Next, add the movie poster text. Next comes a hand-drawn effect. I go ahead and take these letters, rotate them in 3D space, add those wiggly, faux hand-drawn lines. Then why not just make this text sing? Why not go for something quite the opposite? Wouldn't it be great if you could extract masks of every single surface inside of a 3D graphic? Well turns out you can, which allows me to brighten up those letters and then finally add some smoke.

Now no 3D type course would be complete without grunge type. I go ahead and dress up the letters, add a few 2D elements in order to finish off the scene, and then finally develop the image inside Camera Raw. What's the opposite of grunge type? Something soft and squishy. I go ahead and turn these letters into pillow inflations and then I wrap them up, add some shadows as well. Maths certainly does rock, but it rocks even harder when it's expressed as a depth map. I go ahead and set that text down, light it, project some shadows, integrate it with a photographic texture.

Wouldn't it be great if we could trace each and every block with an outline and come up with this here? Finally we've got this tree. Doesn't it just make you wanna carve a heart that was created inside Adobe Illustrator? It's projected outward but ultimately we get this effect here. And of course since we're using Photoshop, we can repeat this carving over and over again. And that's it my friends. We've got seven different type effects brought to you by Photoshop Extended and

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