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Published on Wed, Dec-01-2010 by Ian Reyes

Create Eye-Catching 3D Tech-Style Text Effect


So you have Photoshop in your computer and want to create a 3D text but don’t have a 3D rendering software? Not to worry because this time we’re going to show you how to create a 3D text then apply some tech effects somewhat a little bit of a futuristic style and a bonus trick to add some depth effect in your design and yes we are going to do it ALL in Photoshop no more third-party software needed. We will create 3D tech style text effect using only Photoshop tools. So hurry up and let’s get started.

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Final Image Preview

eye-catching tech text effect

Stocks Used:

1.Step

Here are the settings for our PSD file in this tutorial.

eye-catching tech text effect

Duplicate the Background Layer then name the duplicate to “Noise“. Select the Noise layer then go to Filter -> Noise -> Add Noise.

Noise settings:
Amount: 0.8% | Distribution: Uniform | Monochromatic: Checked

eye-catching tech text effect

2.Step

Add the text “Tech” in the center. I used the font Slicker. The Slicker font can be downloaded in this link.

eye-catching tech text effect

Here are the settings of the Tech texts in the Character palette:
Font size: 462.21 | Tracking: -64

eye-catching tech text effect

3.Step

Duplicate the “Tech” layer so you’ll have “Tech copy” layer (the duplicate should be on top of the original Tech layer), change its font color to #111111 then apply Bevel & Emboss on the “Tech copy” layer.

Bevel and Emboss:
Depth: 1000%| Size: 0 | Soften: 0
Other settings are just from default.

eye-catching tech text effect

After applying the settings above, you should have a result similar to the image below:

eye-catching tech text effect

On the next step, we will do the trick that the Tech texts would look like a 3D image.

4.Step

Once again, duplicate the “Tech” (original Tech layer) layer so we’ll have “Tech copy 2” layer but this time put it below the Tech layer, then resize it down to 433pt after that, move it up a bit.
See the image below:

eye-catching tech text effect

But as you can notice, we have the edges open. We can close those edges by simply using the Pen tool to draw some shapes that would eliminate those open edges.
See the image below as reference:

eye-catching tech text effect

After drawing the shapes with the Pen tool, right-click anywhere on the canvas using the Pen tool then select “Make Selection”. Set the feather radius to 0px.

Then in the Layers Palette, be sure that the “Tech copy 2” layer was the active layer then fill up the selection with the Paint Bucket tool using the same color of the “Tech copy 2” layer’s text color #3c3c3c.

Note: Photoshop might warn you when you try to fill up a selection if the selected layer in the layers palette was a type layer; it tells that the type layer would be rasterized and the texts would no longer be editable. Just press ok then continue filling the selection with the Paint Bucket tool.

After filling up the selection with the Paint Bucket tool, deselect the selection by pressing CTRL+D on your keyboard or go to Select -> Deselect. You should now have a result similar to the image below:

eye-catching tech text effect

5.Step

Add Drop Shadow on the “Tech copy 2” layer.

Distance: 0px | Spread: 0% | Size: 4px

And a Gradient Overlay. See the image below for the settings:

eye-catching tech text effect

After applying the styles above, you should have a result similar to the image shown below:

eye-catching tech text effect

6.Step

Duplicate “Tech copy” layer (the one that is above the original Tech layer) so we’ll now have “Tech copy 3” layer then add Drop Shadow on it.
Drop Shadow:

eye-catching tech text effect

After adding the Drop Shadow, convert the “Tech copy 3” layer to a Smart Object by right-clicking the layer then selecting “Convert to Smart Object” in the menu that would appear.

Then after that, press CTRL + Click on the thumbnail of the “Tech copy 2” layer to make a selection based on its opacity and/or shape (alpha channel) and while the “Tech copy 3” layer still the active layer, go to Layer -> Layer Mask -> Reveal Selection or you can just simply click the Add Vector Mask button beside the Add a layer style (fx) button in the layers palette to add mask.

eye-catching tech text effect

7.Step

Press CTRL + Click on the thumbnail of the “Tech layer” just like we did in the previous step but this time we are not going to do masking, instead we are going to use the selection in a different trick. So as the selection still on, create a new layer on top of the “Tech copy 3” layer; rename the new layer as “Screen Pattern“; while the “Screen Pattern” layer as the active layer, go to Select -> Modify -> Contract. Contract the selection by 4px then use black color to fill up the selection with the Paint Bucket Tool. After that press CTRL + D on your keyboard to deselect the selection.

By now you should have a result similar to the image below:

eye-catching tech text effect

8.Step

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (CTRL + M), create a rectangular selection for about more than the half of the lower part of the “Screen Pattern” layer.
See the image below as a reference.

eye-catching tech text effect

Then press Delete on your keyboard to trim the layer.

9.Step

Add the Metal Screen Pattern Overlay on the “Screen Pattern” layer.

Opacity: 60% | Scale: 9%

Metal Screen Pattern by jbenr can be downloaded here.

eye-catching tech text effect

Then I added a Stroke:
Position: Outside | Size: 1px | Opacity: 60% | Color: Black:

eye-catching tech text effect

And an Inner Shadow:
Opacity: 50% | Distance: 4px | Choke: 1% | Size: 7px

eye-catching tech text effect

10.Step

In this step, create a new layer on top of the “Screen Pattern” layer (so we now have another layer named “Layer 1” in this tutorial) then do the same trick we did in Step 7-8 but this time trim it on its top portion and change the Contract value to 7px.
See the image below as reference in the result.

eye-catching tech text effect

11.Step

Add some Styles on the “Layer 1“.
Color Overlay:
Color: #0096ff | Blend Mode: Normal

eye-catching tech text effect

Inner Shadow:
Distance: 0px | Choke: 0% | Size: 16px

eye-catching tech text effect

Stroke:
Size: 1px | Opacity: 14% | Color: White

eye-catching tech text effect

After applying all the settings above, you should now have a result similar to the image shown below:

eye-catching tech text effect

12.Step

Create a new layer on top of “Layer 1” (Then we’ll have “Layer 2” as the newest layer). Then press CTRL + Click on the thumbnail of “Layer 1“. While “Layer 2” as the active layer in the layers palette, fill the selection created with black using the Paint Bucket Tool. Don’t deselect the selection yet, instead go to Select -> Modify -> Contract. Contract the selection by 5px then press Delete on your keyboard to delete the fill inside the selection. Now you can deselect the selection by pressing CTRL + D on your keyboard.

Then after that, apply Bevel and Emboss on “Layer 2“.
Depth: 100% | Size: 0px | Soften: 0px:

eye-catching tech text effect

See the image below as reference on the result.

eye-catching tech text effect

13.Step

Import the Water stock and place it on top of “Layer 1“, resize it down then mask it out with the shape of “Layer 1“. To get rid of its white background, set its Blend Mode to Multiply.

eye-catching tech text effect

I had imported the water stock once more but I didn’t resized it then mask it out the same as the first “Water Stock” layer mask by simply pressing ALT + dragging the mask of “Water Stock” to the 2nd “Water Stock 2” layer and then reduced its Opacity to 25%.

Take a look at the image below as a reference on the result.

eye-catching tech text effect

14.Step

Create a new layer (rename to “Water Highlight“) on top of “Water Stock 2” layer then we could add some highlights on the top portion of the water container looking thing with the soft round brush for about 60px and foreground color of white then mask it out with the same mask we used with “Water Stock” layer.

eye-catching tech text effect

15.Step

Create a new layer (named it “Glow in this tutorial“) on top of “Layer 2” then use it to add a little Glow on our water container looking thing with the Soft round brush for about 60px size and a color of #0096ff (Sky Blue maybe) then reduced the layer opacity to 40%.

eye-catching tech text effect

16.Step

Add some wall texture on the background on top of the “Noise layer” then mask the unwanted parts. These wall texture images that I used were downloaded from Stock Exchange.

You can de-saturate the color of the texture by selecting the layer then go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue & Saturation (set the saturation slider to -100 or it’s up to you). Then you can also apply a little bit Levels adjustment to darken it up.

eye-catching tech text effect

17.Step

We could add some crack images on the background as well. These crack images that I used were downloaded from deviantart.com (stock images by funeralSong) the file includes images with white background and a Photoshop brush file.

In this tutorial, I used the images with white background and I placed them on top of the “Wall Texture copy” layer. You can just set the layer Blending mode to Multiply to get rid of the white background.

eye-catching tech text effect

18.Step

Add new layer (named “Light in this tutorial“) on top of all the layers then use the soft round brush to create a light effect.

Soft round brush settings:
Size: 800px | Foreground Color: #b6b6b6 (light gray). | Layer Opacity: 35%

18.Step

Add some smokes brush for additional fx. Smokes brush can be found here.

eye-catching tech text effect

19.Step

I added some shadowing fx by creating a new layer (named “Added shadow“) on top of the “Tech copy 3” layer then made a selection by the shape of the the “Tech layer” (same technique done in Step 7-8) then filled the selection with black using the Paint Bucket tool.

eye-catching tech text effect

Then press CTRL + D on your keyboard to deselect the selection. After that, while the “Added Shadow” layer still the active layer, go to Filter -> Blur – > Radial Blur.
Amount: 80 | Blur Method: Zoom | Quality: Best
See the image as a reference for the Blur Center:

eye-catching tech text effect

Then you can duplicate the layer then merge them, and you can also erase some unwanted parts or just use masking.

eye-catching tech text effect

20.Step

I added some splatters brush at the back of the Tech. The splatters brush can be found in deviantart.com. Brush pack by KeRen-R.

eye-catching tech text effect

21.Step

To add more elements, I used the Soft round brush to create some particle looking fx.

Large Particles Brush settings:
Brush size: 25px | Spacing: 300% | Shape Dynamics – Size Jitter: 100% | Scattering – Scatter: 1000%

Small Particles Brush settings:
Brush size: 10px | Spacing: 300% | Shape Dynamics – Size Jitter: 100% | Scattering – Scatter: 1000%

Then apply Outer Glow style to the “Small Particles layer“:
Color: #0096ff | Opacity: 100% | Size: 5px

eye-catching tech text effect

22.Step

Add some Tech Brush to improve the overall appearance of our design. The Tech brush can be found on deviantart. Tech Brush stock by Z-Design.

eye-catching tech text effect

Note: You can separate the Tech elements in different layers then apply Gaussian Blur to some Tech Layers to add depth effect. Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur; for about 2px will do.

And also, you could also apply color on the Light effect that we did in Step 18 by using the Soft round brush for about 700px size and Foreground color #0096ff.

eye-catching tech text effect

That’s it! We’re done. Hope you learned something new from my simple Tech tutorial. You can improve this design based on your own imagination :D

Thank you very much for having some time reading my simple tutorial. Good luck! And have a good time.

Final Result: 3D Tech Style Text Effect

eye-catching tech text effect

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