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Create a Quick and Simple 3D Sticker Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

3D sticker effects are actually simple and easy, but really nice and useful. This quick tip will show you how to create an editable, glossy 3D sticker text effect, using smart objects and layer styles. Let's get started!

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. Creating the Background

Step 1

Create a new 770 x 490px document. Set the Foreground color to #3f797d and the Background color to #80b2bb, pick the Gradient Tool, click the Linear Gradient icon in the Options bar, and then click and drag from the bottom of the document to its top to create the gradient background.

Then go to Filter > Convert for Smart Filters.

Background Gradient

Step 2

Double click the smart object Background layer to apply a Pattern Overlay effect using these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Pattern: Concrete wall
Pattern Overlay

This will style the Background.

Styled Bacground

2. Creating the Text and Its Smart Object Layers

Step 1

Create the text in Black using the font Alba, and the font Size 120pt.

Create the Text

Step 2

Duplicate the text layer, rename it to Stroke, and rename the copy to Text.

Text and Stroke Layers

Step 3

Double click the Stroke layer to apply a Stroke effect using the following settings:

  • Size: 14
  • Color: #dcdcdc
Stroke

Step 4

This will create the outer stroke. Make sure that the stroke leaves no empty areas between the letters. If it does, then double click the layer again to increase the stroke Size until there are no empty areas.

Text Stroke

Step 5

Right click each of the two layers you have (the Stroke and Text layers), and choose Convert to Smart Object.

Duplicate the Text layer, and change the copy's Fill value to 0.

Convert to Smart Objects

Step 6

Duplicate the Text copy layer and the Stroke Layer. Then change the Stroke copy layer's Fill value to 0, and place it on top of all layers.

Duplicate the Text and Stroke Layers

3. Styling the Stroke Layer

Double click the Stroke layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 10
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 79
  • Altitude: 37
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Shadow Mode - Color: #2f959d
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Distance: 0
  • Choke: 30
  • Size: 3
Inner Shadow

Step 3

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 47%
  • Distance: 5
  • Size: 6
Drop Shadow

This will style the bottom layer of the stroke.

Styled Stroke Layer

4. Styling the Original Text Layer

Double click the original Text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 7
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 117
  • Altitude: 69
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 35%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 5
Inner Shadow

Step 3

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #ea326e

This is where you get to choose the sticker's text color, so you can use any color you like.

Color Overlay

This will style the main text layer.

Styled Main Text

5. Styling the First Copy Text Layer

Double click the first copy Text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 5
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 0
  • Altitude: 69
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 25%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Just check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

This will enhance the glossy effect.

Styled First Copy Text Layer

6. Styling the Second Copy Text Layer

Double click the second copy Text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Outer Bevel
  • Size: 7
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 117
  • Altitude: 69
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode - Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 100%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 30%
Gradient Overlay

This will create the outer stroke of the inner text, giving the illusion of a 3D effect.

Styled Second Copy Text Layer

7. Styling the Top Stroke Layer

Double click the copy Stroke layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 3
  • Soften: 2
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -153
  • Altitude: 69
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Just check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

This will style the final layer of the effect.

Styled Second Stroke Layer

Congratulations! You're Done

In this tutorial, we created a simple background, and a couple of text and stroke layers, that we converted into smart objects.

Then we styled those layers using a bunch of layer styles, to end up with a glossy 3D sticker text effect.

Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.

Extra Resources

If you're interested in getting some help with your 3D modelling, Envato Studio has a great collection of 3D designers that you might like to explore. 

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