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1. Create a new 600x600 pixel document and name it 3D Text. Now press D and thenfill the

document (with Black). Then create a new layer. Next, create a horizontal type mask, (note: I made my text size about 600px, yours may vary depending on the font you choose). select a grey color andfill.

2. Nows ke w the text by holding down Alt +Shift and then clicking and dragging the bottom
left corner outwards until you get your desired look.
3. Next, copy the layer with text on it. Make the copied layers name 'back' and the origional

one 'foregound'. Remember to arrange the layers so the foreground layer is at the top of the
list and back is below it. Now we will nudge/move the layers. Select the back layer and hold
Shift and press the down arrow about 6 times (moving it 30 px in total). Now with the back
layer still selected apply a bevel and emboss to it with default settings except [Size: 10,
Soften: 4, Shadow Mode Opacity to 85%, Angle: 64\u00b0, and Altitude: 39\u00b0].

4. Now with the back layer still selected, hold Alt and press the up arrow as many times as you
need to until its right below the foreground layer. Holding the Alt button down makes a
duplicate of each layer.
Now you can make more than just 3D text, just play around with your Layer Styles and then
just do the Alt arrow and you can make many nice 3D looking objects.
Start out with a new image and type your text out. I used an RGB background ofR32
G42 B57 and a text color of R53 G71 B97 Once done go to layer/type/render layer.

Next on the layer with your text go to filter/artistic/dry brush and use the settings of
Brush Size=10 Brush Detail=10 Texture=3. Repeat this exact same step one more
time. Next run filter/artistic/paint Daubs/ with the setting of Brush Size=1
Sharpness=40. Next go to filter/artistic/poster edges and use the settings of Edge
Thickness=1 Edge Intensity=5 Posterization=6. NOTE: Depending on the actual size of
your text you may need to increase or decrease the Posterization settings. But when
you are done with that step your image should resemble the image here in step 2.


Now go ahead and run the filter/Brush Strokes/Accented Edges and use a value of
Edge Width=1 Edge Brightness=0 Smoothness=6. Next run filter/Brush Strokes/Ink
Outlines and use the values of Stroke Length=1 Dark Intensity=0 Light Intensity=0.
Now go to filter/Noise/Add Noise and use a value of 10 for the amount with the
"uniform" box checked and the "monochromatic" box checked.

Now go to layer/effects/inner shadow and just use the default amount and hit ok. Then
go to filter/Sharpen/Sharpen and run that filter one time.
Now Ctrl+click your text layer to select your text. With the text selected make a new

. Now on the new layer make sure you have black as your foreground
color and go to edit/stroke and use the a value of 2 for the width, "outside" for the
location and 100 for the opacity, and make sure the mode is normal with the "preserve
transparency" box NOT checked. Hit ok. Now drag this new layer with the stoke outline
into the create new layer box to duplicate this layer

. Once duplicated and you are working in this new layer go to filter/Brush Stokes/Crosshatch and use the values of Stroke Length=9 Sharpness=6 Strength=2.

Now create a new layer

and make sure it is on top of "all" the other layers. Grab
your Rectangular Marquee tool and make a selection in the middle of your text just
under 1/3rd of the height of your text and fill it with white. See picture for a rough idea
on how I did it.


Now on that layer with the white bar make sure it is NOT selected and run the
filter/Blur/Guassian Blur and use a value of about 12. Now change that layers mode to
Color Dodge. While still in this layer Ctrl+Click on your layer with the actual text in it to
select the text. Now hit Ctrl+Shift+I to invert the selection and hit delete on your
keyboard making sure you are still in the layer with the white bar.


Now all you need to do is add a drop shadow to the text layer and you should be done
=) And if you want to change the color of your text all you need to do is go to
image/adjust/Hue Saturation and check the colorize box and choose your settings. And
if you want to make the light or highlight brighter like I did in the second finished
picture just duplicate the white bar layer that we set to color dodge and it will give it a
real nice highlight.

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