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In the tutorial, I will show you the processes I used to Create an Awesome 3D Text Effect with Abstract Brush Decoration in Photoshop. This is an intermediate tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try :)

Here is a preview of the final effect for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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You will need the following stock to complete this tutorial:

Any Grunge Brushset

Font

OK let’s get started!

Step 1

Create a new document sized 740px * 1050px, fill the background layer with black colour. Create a new layer called “texture” and paint some grunge texture onto it:

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Duplicate this texture layer once, resize it as shown below:

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Erase the corners of the duplicated layer with a big soft brush:

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you will have the following effect:

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Step 2

Now let’s add a big 3D text onto it. If you have illustrator, use it to render a 3D text. If not, you can download this PSD file and use it for this tutorial.

Place the text to the position shown below, name the layer as “big text”:

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Apply the following layer blending option to it:

Color Overlay

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Gradient Overlay

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you will have the following effect:

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Add the following mask to this big text layer:

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you will have the following effect:

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Also create a new clipping mask layer, grab a big soft white brush to add a highlight to the top-left corner of the big text:

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Step 3

Create a layer called “cloud” under the big text layer, use either cloud brush or rendered cloud, to the positions shown below:

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Also add a highlight layer with a big soft white brush from the top-left corner:

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I also decided to add a bit of splashing effect to the text. So grab a 1px hard brush, apply the following brush dynamics to it:

Shape Dynamics

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Scattering

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Other Dynamics

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Tick the “Airbrush”, “Smoothing” and “Protect Texture” options.

Use this brush and paint some dots to the positions shown below:

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You can also add a ray of light on top of the big text to spice things up. To do this, use a soft white brush to do a single-click, then distort it as shown below:

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Warp it after the distortion, try to bend the bottom to create a curvy shape:

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Position this light on the top right corner of the big text:

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Step 4

Now let’s add some variety to the text. Duplicate the big text layer once, cancel the color overlay blending option, resize and position it as shown below:

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Add a dark light for the text, painted it with a black soft brush to the position shown below:

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Carefully painting some shadow under the text, with a soft black brush:

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Duplicate the big text layer once more, resize it and position the layer to the top-left, as shown below:

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Add a highlight layer with a soft white brush (single-click to the position shown below):

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Carefully paint some shadow under the text, same as the previous step:

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Create a new layer called “big text shadow” on top of all previous layer, and grab a big soft brush with black colour, paint some shadow to the bottom of the text, as shown below”

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you will have the following effect:

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Step 5

Now let’s make another custom brushset. Create a new document sized 40px * 100px, add a new layer and fill it with black colour, hit Ctrl + A and select this new layer:

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Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset and create a new brushset:

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Then apply the following brush dynamics:

Shape Dynamics

5 shape dyn Create an Awesome 3D Text Effect with Abstract Brush Decoration in Photoshop

Scattering

5 scatter Create an Awesome 3D Text Effect with Abstract Brush Decoration in Photoshop

Other Dynamics

5 other dyn Create an Awesome 3D Text Effect with Abstract Brush Decoration in Photoshop

Tick the “Airbrush”, “Smoothing”, “Protect Texture” options.

Create a new layer just below the original text layer, and start painting. (try different brush size as you go, apply the following smart sharpen filter once you’re done painting)

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you will have the following effect:

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You can see we also have some see-through effect on the text, because of the layer mask on the big text layer we added earlier:

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Step 6

OK we’re almost done. For some final touchups, I added two image adjustment layers on top:

Curves

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Color Balance

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Layer Mask of Color Balance adjustment layer:

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and you will have the following effect:

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For add some motions into the images, we can flatten the image, duplicate the background layer once and apply the following motion blur settings to it:

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Change the layer blending mode of this blur layer to “Screen” and layer opacity to around 60%, then add the following layer mask on it:

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Here is the final effect for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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That’s it for this Photoshop tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Until next time, have a great day!