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How to Create a 3D Text Effect Action in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, learn how to make a 3D effect Photoshop action to create a simple 3D text effect. 

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: 3D Text Action

The 3D functions available in Adobe Photoshop open up a world of endless possibilities for creators. And you can apply amazing 3D text effects to your designs with a fast Photoshop action. In this short video, I'll show you how to create a Photoshop action that creates a stunning 3D effect you can use for any project.

Browse the incredible selection of Text Effect Actions available through GraphicRiver and Envato Elements for faster results. 

Follow along with us over on our Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel:

If you prefer to use Adobe Illustrator instead, try our free course on making a 3D text effect in Illustrator. Daniel White shows you every step in a series of six quick, easy-to-follow videos.

Or learn how to make 3D text in Illustrator in this free course with Matt Withers:

How to Create a 3D Text Action

Create a New Document at any size; mine is at 1000x750 pixels. Then go to Window > Actions and create a new Group and Action dedicated to your 3D effect. Hit the Record button when you're ready to record the next steps.

Create a 3D Photoshop Action

Fill the background with a dark gray color using the Paint Bucket Tool (G). Use the Text Tool (T) to write out your light gray text at a Size of 300 pt. Make a Duplicate (Control-J) of your text, and then Hide the copy for later.

Create the Background and Text

Right-click the background layer and select Postcard. Then select the text layer and go to 3D > New 3D Extrusion From Selected Layer. Select both visible layers and hold Control-E to Merge them together.

Create the 3D Text

For a simple effect, go to Environment on the 3D panel, adjusting the Color Intensity to 164% and the Shadow Softness to 25%. Next, select 3D > Render 3D Layer and allow the text to render before Rasterizing the 3D layer. 

When it's complete, unhide the 3D text copy, adjust the size to fit, and use the Blending Options to add color, shadows, or colorful gradients. And don't forget to hit Stop on the Actions palette to use this action for later projects.

Color the 3D Text with Blending Options

Here's the final result.

3D Text Effect Photoshop Action Tutorial

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Make life a whole lot easier with this pack of 3D Photoshop actions. Designed to give your text or vector shapes a realistic wood finish, this pack includes 36 high-resolution actions with four wooden styles. You can even change the depth and perspective for more fun options!

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60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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