Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create simple, 3-D text with deep shadows using Photoshop’s
3-D filter. The 3-D filter we’ll be using in this tutorial is in versions CS6 and later. The 3-D filter in CS5 Extended uses a different interface. If your 3-D filter
is greyed out or not working properly, it could be due to a number of reasons that I listed in my video’s description. Create a new document by pressing Ctrl + N on Windows or Cmd + N on a Mac. Make the Width and the Height: 3000 pixels each and the Resolution:
150 pixels per inch. The Color Mode is RGB and 8 bits per Channel. Click the box and
in the Brightness field, type in 40%. Then, press Enter or Return twice to close both windows. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and choose a font. I’m using “Pricedown Black”.
If you’d like to use it, I provided its link in my video’s description or project
files. I’ll make its size: 96 points, Sharp and Center alignment. Click the box to open
the Color Picker. In the Brightness field, type in 80% and click OK. Click on your document
and type out your text. It should be approximately this size. To center it, open your Move Tool
and press Ctrl or Cmd + A. Click the “Align Horizontal Centers” icon and the “Align Vertical
Centers” icon. Then, deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. At the top, click “3D” and
“New 3D Extrusion from Selected Layer”. If you see this message, click “Yes”. I did an
in-depth tutorial on using the 3-D feature, so if you’d like to watch it, I provided its
link, as well. Open back your Layers panel and click the background to make it active.
Go back to “3D”, “New Mesh from Layer” and “Postcard”. Shift-click on the text layer
to highlight it, as well, and go back to “3D” and “Merge 3D Layers”. Open back the 3D panel
and click the light bulb icon. Open the Properties panel, if it already isn’t open. Uncheck “IBL”,
which is the “Image-based Lights”. Immediately, your image will become black. At the bottom
right of the 3-D panel, click the lightbulb icon and click “New Spot Light”. Click the Coordinates icon and in the “x” position, type in 6.47… the “x” angle: 0.1… the “Y” position: 14.66 the “Y” angle: 45.8 the “Z” position: 7.42 and the “Z” angle: -43.2. Next,we’ll widen the cone and adjust the hotspot. Click the Spot Light icon and check “Light
Falloff”. This allows us to change the amount of illumination of the spotlight over distance.
Check Shadow. Slide the Softness to 30% or just type it in. I’ll make the Cone: 61.4 degrees and the Hotspot: 37 degrees. Make your 3-D image bigger in your document by
clicking Environment and with your Slide Tool active, go outside your document and drag
down. To rotate your entire image, open the Rotate Tool, go outside your document and
drag up and to the right.To reposition your entire image, open the Drag Tool and drag
it. We’re ready to render it, but before we do it, let’s check your 3-D Preferences. Go
to Edit, Preferences and 3D. The Ray Tracer Threshold determines the quality of the rendering. The higher the Threshold is, the longer it’ll take to render, but the less noise you’ll
have in your final image. It’s default amount is 5, but you may want to decrease it to 3
or 4 if it’s taking too long to render. VRAM is the video card’s memory. The amount I’ve alotted Photoshop to use is not necessarily what you should use because your computer
may have its own requirements. To render your image, click the Render icon. It could take
anywhere between a few minutes to over an hour to render it depending on your computer’s
specs and the Threshold amount. After its rendered, to brighten dark areas of your image, first
make a composite snapshot. To do this, open your Layers panel and click the New Layer
icon to make a new layer. Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option
+ E on a Mac. Go to Image, Adjustments and “Shadows/Highlights”. The “Shadows” default amount is 35%, which for this image is way too bright. Slide it all the way to the left and then, slowly drag the slider to the right until there’s just
enough detail in the shadows. Or, you can type in the amount. Then, click OK or press
Enter or Return. To crop your image, open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag it
over the area you want to keep. Go to Image and Crop. Then, deselect it. To fit it onto your canvas, press Ctlr or Cmd + 0. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!