Duplicating an element with a transformation is one of the easiest and fastest ways of creating 3D objects in Photoshop. This tutorial will guide you through creating a 3D text using that method, and then styling the different layers you get to create a metallic, retro-looking text effect. Let’s get started!
The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.
- Nexa Rust font.
- Free Pack 6000 photoshop gradients by Supertuts007 (Load the file).
- Free Tileable Leather Patterns by WebTreatsETC.
- In order to load the contours used, go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager, and choose Contours from the Preset Type drop-down menu. Then click the little arrow to the right of the Preset Type drop down menu, and click Contours near the bottom of the pop-up menu. When the dialog box appears after that, just clickAppend, and you’ll get the contours.
1. Creating the Background
Create a new 900 x 675 px document. Set the Foreground color to
#252927 and theBackground color to
#0d0e0e. Pick the Gradient Tool, choose the Foreground to Background gradient fill, and click the Radial Gradient icon.
Then click and drag from the center of the document to one of the corners to create the background gradient, and duplicate the Background layer.