James Paterson explains the basics of 3D in Photoshop, and shows you how to combine 3D words with your photos to great affect
Add 3D text to your photographs
Photoshop CC has some tools that allow you to place ‘three-dimensional’ objects such as text and shapes in your photos, just like in our Parisian scene here. This could be useful for all kinds of designs, from posters to invitations, book covers and even postcards. With careful positioning, you can combine the 3D words with the background image and make it look as if the two belong together.
In this tutorial we’ll show you how to get started with 3D in Photoshop and master the basics of 3D rendering. If you’re new to 3D in Photoshop, this offers a good introduction to some of the main tools and controls you’ll encounter. We’ll look at how to extrude a word to make it appear three-dimensional, then rotate and position it within the scene.
Creating a three-dimensional word is just the beginning. From here you can go on to add materials to texturise and colour the surface of the letters, and position lights to illuminate the shape from different angles. With so many settings on offer, things can seem a bit daunting at first, but grasp the basics and you’ll open up a whole new world of 3D rendering.