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Photoshop: How to Create a 3-D, Cubed Text Effect

October 21, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you an awesome faux, 3-D,
cubed text effect. Before we begin, if you’re not already a subscriber
to Blue Lightning TV, click that small “Subscribe” button at the lower, right corner. If my tutorials have you learn or improve
in Photoshop or even inspired you to explore your creativity, please help support my channel
by joining my community of patrons. I created this image of a cube that you can
use as a template for your text. It’s link is in my video’s description below
or in my project files. The first step is to create grids in the shape
of a cube using the “Vanishing Point” filter. Go to Filter and “Vanishing Point”. When the window opens, click on any corner. Go to another corner on the same side of the
cube and click on that corner. Click on the next corner. To complete the grid, click on the last corner
on that side of the cube. If you want to finesse any of the corner points,
go to the corner and press and hold Ctrl or Cmd as you drag the corner point to reposition it. We’ll extend the grid down or across the opposing
side of the cube by first making the “Create Plane Tool” active again and going to the
middle point of the grid that you want to extend in perspective. Press and hold Ctrl or Cmd as you drag the
grid down or across to the opposing side. It’s okay if the grid doesn’t exactly match
the cube under it. The cube template is just a general guide
for the grid. Notice that the first grid seems to have vanished
except for the lines around its perimeter. Actually, the grid is just temporarily hidden from view. Go to the middle point of the side of the
grid you want to extend in perspective and press and hold Ctrl or Cmd as you drag the
grid to the opposite side. Then, click OK. We’re ready to set the text. but before we do, check your foreground and
background colors. If they’re not black and white respectively,
press “D” on your keyboard. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and pick a font. For this example, I’ll use “Alfa Slab One
Regular”, but feel free to pick whatever font you like. It’s size should depend on the font you choose
and the amount of characters in your text for each side of the cube. Since the first text we type out will be placed on the left side of the cube, make its alignment flush right. Place your cursor right of center and type
out your text. To adjust the amount of space between the
lines of text, called “Leading”, highlight all of your text and click the Character/Paragraph
icon or go to Window and Character. Go to the Leading icon and click and drag
your cursor to the left or right to decrease or increase the space between your lines of text. Center your text by opening your Move Tool
and dragging it. Make a copy of of the layer by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + J. Hide the bottom text and double-click the copy to highlight it. Click the Align Left icon, since this text
will be placed on the top of the cube. Open back your Move Tool to center it and double-click the layer to highlight the text. Type out your replacement text for the top
of the cube. Open back your Move Tool. Make a copy of it and hide the text under it. Double-click this copy to highlight the text
and type out the next text that you’ll ultimately place on the bottom of the cube. Open back your Move Tool and center your text. We’ll copy this text onto our clipboard by
pressing Ctrl or Cmd + A to select it and Ctrl or Cmd + C to copy it. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. To
save space in the Layers panel, we’ll place all of our text into a folder, but first let’s
hide the top text. Shift-click the bottom text to highlight them
all and press Ctrl or Cmd + G. Name it, “Text”. We want to make a new layer below the active layer. To do this, Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the New
Layer icon. We can close the Character/Paragraph panels now. Go to Filter and “Vanishing Point”. Press Ctrl or Cmd + V to paste our text into
the Vanishing Point window. When we drag it over the grids, we can see how our text conforms to the perspective of each grid. Drag it over the bottom of the cube. To resize the text, click the “Edit Plane
Tool” and go to a corner of the text’s bounding box. When you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press
and hold the Shift key as you drag it in or out. Pressing Shift keeps the text’s original shape
as you resize it. Feel free to adjust its aspect ratio if you
like by not pressing the Shift key. I’ll drag it approximately this far away
from the top and drag it down close to the bottom without holding Shift. Then, I’ll click OK. Notice that the perspective text is on its own layer. Open the text folder and make the bottom text
visible and active. Press Ctrl or Cmd + A to select it and Ctrl
or Cmd + C to copy it to our clipboard. Then, deselect it. Hide the layer and close the folder. Make a new layer below it by Ctrl-clicking
or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon. Go to Filter and Vanishing Point. Press Ctrl or Cmd + V to paste your text into the window. Drag it to the left side of the cube. We want to rotate this text 90 degrees, so
click the “Edit Plane Tool” and go to a corner. When you see a curved, double-arrow, press
and hold Shift as you rotate it counter-clockwise until it snaps 90 degrees. Size and position it to center it visually
on this side of the cube. Notice, that this text is on its own layer, as well. Open the folder and make the middle text visible
and active. As before, select it all, copy it and then
deselect it. Hide the text and close the folder. Make a new layer under the folder and go to
Filter and Vanishing Point. Paste your text into the window and drag it
to the top of the cube. Make sure you see a corner of the text’s bounding box. Open the “Edit Plane Tool” and rotate the
text counter-clockwise until it snaps 90 degrees. Adjust is size and position and click OK. Double-click the top text to open its Layer
Style window. Click “Color Overlay” and the color box. Pick a bright, rich color. If you want to change its color, I’ll show you how to quickly do it later. Click OK on both windows or press Enter or
Return twice. To copy the color to your other text, go to
“Color Overlay” and press and hold Alt or Option as you drag a copy of it onto the text
layer below it. Repeat this to copy it to the bottom text. Make the cube background active and make a
new layer above it. Fill it with black, which is your foreground
color, by pressing Alt or Option + Delete. Next, we’ll adjust the brightness of the
colors on two of the sides to give it depth. Double-click “Color Overlay” on the text that
you’d like to be in shadow. It’ll open in the Layer Style window. Click the color box and in the Brightness
field, type in 50%. This text is now half as bright as the other two. Double-click “Color Overlay” on the text that
you’d like to be half in shadow. Click the color box and in the Brightness
field, type in 75%. This text is now halfway in brightness between
your brightest text and the text that’s in shadow. Next, I’ll show you how to quickly change
your text’s color. First, If the top text in your Layer’s panel
isn’t active, click it to make it active and click the Adjustment layer icon. Click, “Hue/Saturation”. Simply drag the Hue slider to the left or
right to give your text a color you like. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Carlos Rodriguez March 4, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Tanks for everything

  • Reply Redha Nessah March 4, 2019 at 1:09 am

    First watch
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    First comment
    Thanks bro for your job
    Great job 🤩

  • Reply johnpaul peji March 4, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Thanks for every videos, keep it up!!
    -fan from philippines 🇵🇭

  • Reply Eric March 4, 2019 at 1:19 am


  • Reply Zoltarman March 4, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Excelent . Now this is a feature that we don´t get to use all the time simply because we did not knew about.

  • Reply Magno Marques March 4, 2019 at 1:20 am


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  • Reply Cool Man March 4, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Only from you I'm learning lot of tips like shortcuts and they are very powerful in making edits.

  • Reply Ralph Jones March 4, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Where do I get the project file from? I've clicked on all the links and can't find it.

  • Reply Irineu Bishop March 4, 2019 at 1:31 am


  • Reply Umapotir Asor March 4, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Awesome! You teach really a different kind of editing …thank you #umapotirasor #yjrudra

  • Reply Sukha Sri Venkatesh Babu March 4, 2019 at 1:59 am


  • Reply Anantha Sayanam ananthasayanam March 4, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Your narration superb

  • Reply Ryan Edward March 4, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Thank you so much 👍👍

  • Reply hussain mohammed. mahf March 4, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Thanks sir 👍👌 fantastic 👍 work

  • Reply Tilak Malviya March 4, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Sir do like vector editing plzz

  • Reply Tony Silva March 4, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Another great tutorial Marty, thanks!!!

  • Reply Scarlet March 4, 2019 at 4:02 am


  • Reply QBox March 4, 2019 at 4:27 am

    thanks you realy teach us interstings tings.

  • Reply Ammu Digital March 4, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I love your videos

  • Reply cryptoidalien March 4, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Thanks Marty. I've been using Photoshop for over twenty years, and, through your channel, I'm still learning more about Photoshop. Cheers.

  • Reply barni freak March 4, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Danke schön war wie immer sehr Hilfreich.Thank you very much was as always very helpful

  • Reply METAGALAXIS04 March 4, 2019 at 7:06 am


  • Reply Algirdas Lukas March 4, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Great tutorial ! Thanks.

  • Reply Lorraine Coulson March 4, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Brilliant as always! I’d love to know how you animated your boxes after! So cool! 😎

  • Reply Chattu Mridha March 4, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Amezing sir…

  • Reply King of Fire March 4, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Congrats ! Great job! Elegantly explained and, in this, you are the best. Thanks so much Sir… Salam..

  • Reply Thanabordee Pairin March 4, 2019 at 12:26 pm


  • Reply Derek Smalls March 4, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks, Marty. Great video. So many of the tutorials on here make assumptions about settings in your workspace and having panels or controls available. They move so quickly that you have to pause and back up to see where they are finding things. Your videos are straight ahead, informative, and move at a pace perfect for novice or established users. Well done, Sir!

  • Reply T C March 4, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Clear and succinct. Thanks.

  • Reply Julian Castaño March 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm


  • Reply Deden Hermansyah March 4, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Terima kasih….

  • Reply All information tips and tricks March 5, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Nice text effect

  • Reply Joe Robertson March 5, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Thanks Marty

  • Reply Dr. Harshwardhan March 5, 2019 at 9:52 am


  • Reply Pamelita McVey March 5, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    This is one very cool effect. I am a CS6 user who began using PShop in 2001. Self-taught, I am constantly striving to learn new things. Your videos have helped me tremendously.

  • Reply LUIS FRANÇA March 6, 2019 at 5:53 pm


  • Reply m.nadeem ashraf March 6, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    You are great sir,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but I having some problems . if I need to use vanishing point option for book mock up, then how can I round the corner of the spine. pleas help me out.

  • Reply Luciano March 6, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Awesome. Thank you Marty.

  • Reply ugur bilgehan March 7, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Another excellent tutorial, thanks for sharing precious tips about this program.

  • Reply Coffee 4 March 8, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    It’s a 3D cube that is awesome

  • Reply jamal 582 March 8, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Awesome. Thank you Marty for your great toturials.

  • Reply Chu88z April 23, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    I have a question. It may be a draft one but just started using photoshop cs6. Once I’ve finished creating a logo how do I change the text. Would I have to create new layer add text then copy effects. Or is another way? Any advice or help would be great. Thanks in advance

  • Reply Roman Mondol May 13, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Thanks, Marty. It is very useful tutorial in PS CC version

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  • Reply Frank Giannantonio September 30, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    I've tried this twice now and the color overlay doesn't happen. Then when I create new layer under background layer, the whole thing goes black.

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