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3D text in PSP 7

This is a beginner to intermediate level tutorial. It assumes you have a basic knowledge of PSP. We will use features native to PSP 7. They include the Layer Palette, the Text Tool, Drop Shadow, and the Fill Tool. We're going to make some 3D text.    :)

NOTE: If you have PSP 8, you can find instructions for this effect HERE

You will need:

Ok, ready to begin?

1. Create a new image. New Image
  • 400x200
  • Raster Background
  • Transparent

2. Go to your Color Palette.
  • Set your foreground color swatch to null.
  • Set your background color swatch to a medium/light brown. (I used #BB7D05)
  • Textures should both be set to null


3. Activate the Text Tool text tool and use the following settings:
  • Create as: Floating
  • Font : Blatant (or some other "fat" font)
  • Size: 45 (or something that suits your chosen font)
  • Alignment: Center
       Type 3D Wood and click "OK"

4. Ctrl+Shift+P to promote the selection to a layer.
(Or go Selections > Promote To Layer)

5. Click in the center of your image again and change the text Size to 60. Leave all the other settings the same. Then type: Text

6. Ctrl+Shift+P to promote the selection to a layer.
(Or go Selections > Promote To Layer)

7. Use the Mover tool mover tool to move your lines of text into place if necessary.

8. Go to your Layer Palette and hide the bottom layer (Layer 1) by clicking on the glasses, make sure that one of the Promoted Selection layers is the active layer, then right click and choose Merge > Merge Visible
(Or go Layers > Merge > Merge Visible)


9. Double click on the layer name (Merged) in the Layer Palette and rename it to Text


10. Go to the Color Palette and click on the little double headed arrow switch color swatch to switch the color to foreground and transparent to background. Then click on the foreground color swatch and change the color to a darker brown (I used #744F08)

Change the Foreground Texture to Woodgrain.


11. Go to your Layer palette and click on the lock icon for your Text layer. The red X will disappear telling you that transparency is locked. Anything that you do to that layer (paint or flood fill for example) while its in lock mode will only work on pixels that already contain information/color. All transparent pixels will remain transparent.

12. Activate the Flood Fill tool and click on the image to flood fill your Text using the settings we set in Step 10.

13. Repeat Step 12 once more to darken the woodgrain.

14. Click the lock on the Layer Palette to UNlock the Layer Transparency.

15. Press Ctrl+A (or go Selections > Select All)
Marching ants will appear around the entire image.

16. Press Ctrl+F (or go Selections > Float) to select just the text.
The marching ants are now just around the text.

17. Press Ctrl+Shift+F (or go Selections> Defloat) to put the text back on the layer while keeping selection.
The marching ants should still be around the text.

18. Add a new layer by clicking on the New Layer icon on the Layer palette or by going Layers > New Raster Layer. Name this layer Shadow.

19. Now we'll add some drop shadow to create our 3D look. Go Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow. Use the following settings:
  • Vertical: 1
  • Horizontal: 1
  • Opacity: 100
  • Blur: 0
  • Color: #744F08

20. Repeat Step 19 five more times. Change Vertical and Horizontal up by one number each time. Leave the other settings as they are. On the last Drop Shadow, your Vertical and Horizontal numbers will be 6.

Don't be tempted to cheat and only apply the Drop Shadow one time with a setting of 6. The effect won't work correctly.   :)

6 Drop Shadows applied
Looks 3D

1 Drop Shadow applied
Looks like a Drop Shadow

21. Ctrl+D (or go Selections > Select None) to deselect the text.

22. Go to your Layer Palette and click the lock for your Shadow layer to Lock Transparency. Make sure that it is the active layer.

23. Change your foreground color to a darker brown (I used #432E05) Leave the Texture as is and click on the image twice to give the drop shadow a wood texture.


24. Click the lock on the Layer Palette to UNlock the Layer Transparency.

25. Go to your layer palette and drag your Shadow layer below your Text layer.
(Or go Layers > Arrange > Move Down when the Shadow layer is active)

26. Flood fill your bottom layer (Layer 1) with a color of your choice.
Merge your Text and Merged layers and apply a drop shadow if desired.
finished

Try the same sort of technique with different textures. Granite works well...
granite

Pinwheel gives a nice effect too:


You can also experiment with gradients as well as textures. :)


If you enjoyed this tutorial I'd love to hear from you. If you need help with anything here or if the steps aren't clear, please let me know and I'll try to explain it better.

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