Found a nice looking 3dish text effect, its very simple but I think the effect is nice.
^To that effect, if admin types feel that this is better placed in the beginner tut forum, go ahead and move it ^
Ok! So.. on to the tut!
Plugins you will need : Zero. None. Zip.
Fonts used (optional) : http://fontzone.net/font-details/copperplate-gothic-bold
If you follow this tut to the letter, you will make this :
However, this is only an example of a basic way to do this, please remember that experminentation and deviation are the best ways to find new things and have fun on PDN =)
Ok! Step by Step :
Step 1 : The Background
You can essentially pick anything, but for this tut im using a simple color gradiant from #606060 at the bottom left to #808080 by the top right.
The Size of the image we will be creating for the tut is 1024x200
Step 2 : The Base Text
You can use essentially any font, but for the tut im using Copperplate Gothic Bold.
Make a New Layer, name it "Base Text" Create your desired text, in whatever color you wish. Note: Initial text should be a few shades darker than you want your final result to be, although messing with curves can fix colors when you are done.
For the above image i used 84 pt font in #404040
The Image So Far :
Step 3 : The Shadow
Duplicate your text layer, call the new layer Shadow Select the area inside all the text letters simultaneously ( Tool, Hold SHIFT and left click on a letter) Color selected area black (still on shadow layer) ( , SHIFT + Left Click) Move Shadow layer underneath base text layer Select All (Still on shadow layer) Using , move to the Left 5 pixels (i just hit the left arrow key 5 times) Run Gaussian Blur (Effects - Blurs - Gaussian) at 5 (or the same as the distance you moved the shadow layer) Deselect
The Image So Far :
Step 4 : Shading the text
Select the Base Text Layer Run Glow on Radius 6, Brightness 10, Contrast 10 (Radius should be 1 more than the blur on shadow) Duplicate Base Text Layer, and call the new layer Shading Run Emboss at 45 Change Layer Blend mode to Overlay Select the Base Text Layer Select all the text again, same way as last time Select the Shading layer Press CTRL - I to invert selection Delete selection Finally, Run Gaussian blur on the shading layer at strength 2 (again, may change based on text size)
The Final Image :
Moving on from here :
This is by no means the end of what you can do with it, but this is the base effect that the tut is for. A quick example of what i've done with this is below =)
Hope you guys found the tutorial useful, C&C is appreciated as i am still new to tutorial making. Remember, feel free to play around and have fun! I'd love to see what you all do with it =)