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3D-Typo Using Only Photoshop by MadPotato 3D-Typo Using Only Photoshop by MadPotato
If you've enjoyed this tutorial, feel free to visit my portfolio ([link]) for more tutorials, resources and some pretty wallpaper-packs.

What you'll learn:
- Creating A Bubble Brush
- Creating / Employing Actions
- Illustrating 3D-Typography Using Only Photoshop
- Illustrating Vector Swirls
- Additional Visual Effects

I will most likely not be the first person to tell you that three-dimensional typography is experiencing an ever increasing popularity amongst both designers and their audience. An understandable development as the third dimension introduces new elements and uncharted playgrounds into the wonderful world of typography, combining the aspects of design and communication in an unparalleled fashion. While most other articles on 3D-typography employ external 3D-rendering applications, this introduction will guide you through the complete process of recreating the tutorialís cover illustration using Adobe Photoshop and itís built-in tools only. The tutorial comes with the illustrationís original, layered .PSD-file, a set of 8 3D-Actions and the original bubble- and smudge-brushes.


Using a localized version of Photoshop? See this comment for details on how to avoid problems with your actions: [link]

What people have created (using this tutorial as a source of inspiration):
If you want your image to appear here as well, just drop me a note - I love seeing what you guys come up with

  • KanyD - "Library Refreshed" -> [link]

  • Tamilia - "TM Abstract" -> [link]

  • No10x - "Untitled" -> [link]

  • Misdelivered - "Speak to me" -> [link]

  • C-GFX - "3D Typoraphy Bubbles" -> [link]

  • Leema01 - "The Roxi 3d Text Project" -> [link]

  • dr3amx - "3D dr3amX" -> [link]

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valhalley Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Such a smart and good idea..This tutorial will surely help us all..Thanks for sharing it..
kollymoore Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
how can i download this tutorial...cant find a link
MadPotato Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
To the right you'll find a link called "Download this file" (above "more from madPotato"). That ZIP-File contains everything you need. If you can't find it, simply use the search-function of your browser (in most cases CTRL+F)
zak2001 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
clippingpath Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Interface Designer
Great Thanks for Great sharing
Bestie71 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the share.
Fulsia Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wouw... you're really amazing! Very nice result, and it works :D
SlapHappyDrew Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
redwolfsunmoon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
wonderful!thanks a lot for this amazing tutorial.
larien-numenesse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
the tutorials are great! thanks for this :)
Berryfox Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
ist nen tolles ttut |D sehr intressant :D werds auf alle fšlle mal versuchen auch wenn mein englisch lausig ist XD <3
MGraphicDesign Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Featured here:
Lilyas Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
MadPotato Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Much appreciated - it's always a pleasure to see my tutorials exposed to even more people. deviantArt has given me so much, I hope some of my work helps to repay the community a bit :)
Jarod-fr Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Great job! Lot of thx MadPotato !

Just wanna say that the action is working great, without any correction, only if:
1- you use an english version of Adobe Photoshop
2- the original text-layer is named "text" no other name, even with an english version of Photoshop

About point 1:
Indeed, if you look closer at steps of action named, for instance, "Extrude_TopLeft", there are steps which need to work with layer named "text copy 2" and then with layer named "text copy".
But in french, copy is written as copie, so when duplicate a layer named "blah", the new layer name is "blah copie" and not "blah copy". Consequently named do not match, and this drive action to fail.

About point 2:
Looking closer to the same action as in point 1. Action try to match layer named "text ..."
So if you named it otherwise it fails too, because

Thanks for your tutorial, I understood how actions works, how to obtain extrusion, and much more with Photoshop. So no problem anymore for me to obtain extrusion actions on my french Adobe Photoshop version and make my own 3D creations. But I just wanted to let you know about those points, hope this will help.

I did not succeed to modify steps of your actions. If someone know how, just tell me. ;)
Tips: if someone want to use your actions but is lazy to recreate his own ones. He has just to expand the corresponding action, unchecked steps with bad layer names, and steps below.
Then play the modified Action, and realise corresponding unchecked steps by himself.

One more thing about french: Actions "menu" is named Scripts "menu" in french.
Hope this could help too an other french guy.
MadPotato Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Hey, Jarod!

Thank you for your detailed comment! I've linked your comment in the post's description so other users of localized Photoshop-versions can find your helpful information more easily.

I did put a short reference on page 3 of the tutorial on how Photoshop identifies the layer(s) it references in it's actions but I admit that this detail may easily be overlooked. The short info reads "The action that we are about to create will identify the layer it is supposed to work with by it's name. That is why you should have renamed your layer[..]".

Again, thank you for taking the time to help others in the spirit of creative commons.
drugivian Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Very Nice art ... I was wondering if you can register on my forum and Post some of your art inside the graphics showcase area of my forum. I really like your work
MadPotato Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for the invite - I currently don't have the time to be part of forums or other kinds of activites - but feel free to post a selection of your favorite works on your site. All I ask is you give credit and link to my portfolio: (www. madPotato .de)
KayBizz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Wow this looks amazing, I can't wait to get started on this tutorial!
noriega0722 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
how to see the tutorial of this?
MadPotato Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Interface Designer

Just look for the "Download File"-Button in the upper right corner - this'll hook you up with the PDF-Tutorial and the support-files.
Artebreve Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
destrov Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Thanks so much man .. truly inspirational .. i'm gonna get started right away.
MadPotato Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Cheers, mate ! It's always a pleasure to see people share the same passion for design that I feel :)
garibatelatwar Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
carmenfilm Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Thanks Berat sekali....hehehehe[link]
STAT1C-X Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Kutzman Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Thank you!
NitseDesign Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Allot!
Maysiiu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist

thank you!! :D
abdou1995 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Cracuz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot for this nice TUT
BlackGrotto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
omg!!! ty!
Coolboyasad12 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can someone help me i can understand the brush making part beacause the tutorial have alreadygiven brushes but they dont show plz contact me via pm
dumblicious Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
I tried this tutorial. Very nice. I love it <3 For seeing the final picture look in my gallery. But i will try a 2nd one with more ideas of myself
Andy-Singh91 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Student General Artist
Thanks man appreciate this
Nh0cTyler Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
thanks so much ^^ it's very useful
Gex78 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Tried it out, but it’s nothing like yours, as I just can’t follow a tutorial 100% .. I’m not that patience :XD: but I like it
Thank you very much for posting!!
MadPotato Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Well, as I said in the very first paragraph of the tutorial: You don't have to follow the tutorial religiously but just use it as a source of techniques and inspiration. It'll take a bit of time, but if you continue using some of the described techniques I'm sure you'll come up with something great and unique. (I love the background of your illustration by the way).
KanyD Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Hi madpotato
You are awesome, you put so much effort into this tutorial and this is why I didn't just simply copy the instructions but actually learn so much about photoshop functions. either way, here is what I came up with:
thanks again! good luck with your work! :)
MadPotato Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Interface Designer

thank you for your comment - I'm glad you read the tutorial in it's original intention: As a source of techniques and ideas to come up with your own great images. I liked your illustration that much, I had to put it on top of the list of images that have been inspired by my tutorial.

Please keep up the great work and I hope to see you around.
KanyD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
wow, thank you so much for your words, I'm so happy you liked my illustration. Your work was definitely the main inspiration, so I thank you for that and wish you all the best, you have great talent :) cheers, I will keep my eye on your work for sure ;)
lordbunty Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
man howd u mak dez pages??? lyk in da previw!!!
MadPotato Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
If you mean how I made the pages look a bit "3D" - that's pretty simple:

I created a black rectangle that is the size of one of the pages, added two additional anchor points (on the right and bottom) and modified the position and bezier-curve of those points a bit. Then, I simply applied a gaussian blur and adjusted everything using the free-transform by clicking and ajusting the individual handles (you have to press and hold the CTRL-key to be able to do that). - Hope that helps !
lilrice94 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
holy mother
thanks so much for the tutorial
excited now - first shot at typography
thanks a million!
Blacvamp Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd let you know what i've come up with! :D
MadPotato Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Please do so, it's always a pleasure to see what people come up with !

By the way: A new tutorial is almost finished, it's due for release within the next one or two weeks :)
Blacvamp Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I made the Smart phone, its in my gallery :D
Oh i cant wait for the new tutorial :D
bo0oygraphic Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student
Thanks a lot for the tutorial
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