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How to Create a 3D Jewel Text Effect Action in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

Today I'm back to show you how to create fake 3D Photoshop actions. This text effect action was inspired by one of the text effects of the 10 Glossy Photoshop Text Effects, and it looks as if it's made of a faceted ruby. 

You will learn that it is possible to save the information of Photoshop layer styles in Photoshop actions, making the process of saving the text effect easier since you don't need to save any layer style. The fake 3D effect will come from a Bevel & Emboss style and a reflection layer below the text. 

At the end of this tutorial, I will link to more tutorials about how to create an action in Photoshop and Photoshop type effects. So don't forget to check those if you're interested in learning more 3D text effect Photoshop actions.

Check the original text effect on GraphicRiver—you might like the whole pack.

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Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during this tutorial:

1. How to Record the Action

Step 1

In my other tutorials, I teach how to create the layer styles first and then how to create the action using the styles. Today it will be faster, since this text effect doesn't require any assets, to save all its settings in the action itself. So let's begin.

Extract the zip file attached to this tutorial and then open the Background-image.jpg with Photoshop.  

Jewel Background

Step 2

Pick the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and set the font to Darktech LDR and font size to 121 pt. After that, write "JEWEL" in the center of the document.

Jewel text layer

Step 3

Make sure the text layer is selected on the Layers panel. After that, go to Window > Actions to open the Actions panel. Then, click on the Create new set icon and name it My Text Effects. After that, click on the Create new Action icon and name it Jewel Text Effect.

Now Photoshop will record the next steps. Keep an eye on the Actions panel. Delete any wrong step you make by dragging it to the trash bin icon.

Creating a Photoshop Action

Step 4

Rename the text layer to Jewel A. Then double-click on it to open the Layer Style panel. After that, add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Dither: Off
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Reverse: Off
  • Style: Linear
  • Align with Layer: On
  • Angle: 90º
  • Scale: 100%

Click on the gradient bar to open the Gradient Editor

You can move the stops on the gradient bar and create new ones by clicking below it. Create a gradient with these settings:

  • First stop color: #1a1a1a Location: 19%
  • Second stop color: #404040 Location: 42%
  • Third stop color: #1c1c1c Location: 80%
Creating a new gradient overlay

Step 5

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #090909
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Use Global Light: Off
  • Angle: 180º
  • Distance: 2 px
  • Spread: 100%
  • Size: 3 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-aliased: On
  • Noise: 0%
  • Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: On
Drop shadow settings

Step 6

Now add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #181818
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 18%
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-aliased: Off
  • Range: 100%
  • Jitter: 0%
Outer Glow Settings

Step 7

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Screen
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #828282
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 100%
  • Size: 2 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-aliased: On
  • Range: 100%
  • Jitter: 0%
Inner Glow settings

Step 8

Now add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #383838
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Use Global Light: Off
  • Angle: -61º
  • Distance: 2 px
  • Choke: 40%
  • Size: 1 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-aliased: On
  • Noise: 0%
Inner Shadow settings

Step 9

Add a Bevel & Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 355%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 32 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Use Global Light: Off
  • Angle: -56º
  • Altitude: 74º
  • Anti-aliased: On
  • Highlight Mode: Screen Color: #ffffff Opacity: 45%
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply Color: #242424 Opacity: 55%

Then click on the Gloss Contour box and edit the curve with these settings:

  • First Point Input: 0% Output: 100% Corner: Off
  • Second Point Input: 24% Output: 99% Corner: Off
  • Third Point Input: 44% Output: 45% Corner: Off
  • Fourth Point Input: 100% Output: 0% Corner: Off

Now click OK to close the Layer Style panel.

Bevel and Emboss settings

This is how the text effect should look by now:

How the text effect shoul look

Step 10

Press Control-J to duplicate the layer. Then rename the copy to Jewel B. After that, right-click on the Jewel B layer and choose Clear Layer Style.

Creating another text layer

Step 11

Double-click the Jewel B layer to open the Layer Style panel. Then add a Bevel & Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Chisel Hard
  • Depth: 157%
  • Direction: Down
  • Size: 250 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Use Global Light: Off
  • Angle: 81º
  • Altitude: 32º
  • Anti-aliased: On
  • Highlight Mode: Color Dodge Color: #ececec Opacity: 69%
  • Shadow Mode: Hard Light Color: #474747 Opacity: 9%

Then click on the Gloss Contour box and edit the curve with these settings:

  • First Point Input: 0% Output: 0% Corner: Off
  • Second Point Input: 7% Output: 100% Corner: On
  • Third Point Input: 37% Output: 55% Corner: Off
  • Fourth Point Input: 46% Output: 1% Corner: On
  • Fifth Point Input: 73% Output: 100% Corner: On
  • Sixth Point Input: 100% Output: 100% Corner: Off
Second Bevel and Emboss settings

Step 12

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 2 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Overprint: Off
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Reverse: Off
  • Align with Layer: On
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 83º
  • Scale: 100%
  • Dither: Off

Then click on the gradient bar and edit it with these settings:

  • First stop color: #121212 Location: 0%
  • Second stop color: #5b5b5b Location: 48%
  • Third stop color: #121212 Location: 100%
Stroke settings

Step 13

Now add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Color: #404040
  • Opacity: 100%
Color Overlay settings

Step 14

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 68%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #272727
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 15%
  • Size: 16 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-aliased: On
  • Range: 100%
  • Jitter: 0%

After that, click OK to close the Layer Style window.

Outer Glow settings

This is how the text effect should look:

How the text effect should look

Step 15

Press Control and select both text layers. Then right-click on one of them and choose Convert to Smart Object. After that, rename the new smart object to Jewel Text Effect.

Converting the layers to a smart object

Step 16

Now go to Window > Adjustments and click on the Gradient Map icon. After that, right-click on the Gradient Map layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.

Creating a gradient map layer

Step 17

Select the Gradient Map layer and go to Window > Properties. Then click on the gradient bar to open the Gradient Editor. After that, edit the gradient with these settings:

  • First stop color: #240003 Location: 0%
  • Second stop color: #4e0009 Location: 16%
  • Third stop color: #ff0012 Location: 59%
  • Fourth stop color: #ffbe8f Location: 86%
  • Fifth stop color: #ffffff Location: 100%
Creating a new gradient

Step 18

Select both the text layer and the gradient map and convert them into a smart object. Then rename the new smart object to Jewel Text Effect. After that, go to the Actions panel and click on the Stop Recording icon to finish the action.

Converting the layers into one smart object

This is how the text effect should look:

How the text effect should look

2. How to Create the Shadow and the Reflection 

Step 1

Create a new layer below the text effect and name it Shadow. Then pick the Rectangle Tool (U) and create a thin black shape below the text.

Shadow layer

Step 2

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur and set it to 6.0 pixels. After that, change the Opacity of the Shadow layer to 35%.

Shadow layer with gaussian blur

Step 3

Select the text layer and press Control-J to duplicate it. Then rename the copy to Reflex and move it below the Shadow layer. After that, press Control-T and right-click on the Transform box and choose Flip Vertical. Then, move the layer down to make it look like a perfect reflection.

Reflex layer below the shadow layer

Step 4

Select the Reflex layer and click on the Add layer mask icon. Then pick the Gradient Tool (G) and select the Black, White gradient. After that, draw a gradient vertically from the bottom of the Reflex layer to the top of the Jewel Text Effect Layer.

Drawing the gradient mask

And We're Done!

Jewel Text Effect Final result

In this tutorial, you learned how to record a Photoshop action and save Photoshop layer styles in it. We created two layer styles and merged them. After that, we added some colors with a gradient map, and then we added a simple shadow and a reflection below the text.

The text effect is saved in the Actions panel. Now you can apply the same effect to any word or font by selecting the action and clicking on Play. Then you just need to create the shadow and the reflection.

Don't forget to check the original text effect.

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10 Glossy Photoshop Text Effects

If you want to keep learning, here are some tutorials that you may also like:


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