Create 3D Text Surrounded by Flame in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create 3D text surrounded by flame in Photoshop. We will render a 3D text in Photoshop and combine flame and crack textures with our text. We will use a number of Photoshop techniques such as image adjustments, layer blending modes, various tools and filters.

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If you use an earlier version of Photoshop and don’t have the 3D function, you can download this PSD file here which has the rendered 3D text.

This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be challenging.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

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


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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:


Crack Texture



Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 782px with black background. We will start by preparing some ground texture with the crack texture we download.

Let’s load this texture into Photoshop and select a portion of it:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document and use the free transform tool to perspective this selection:

1 persp

Use a soft eraser tool to fade the edges of this texture as shown below:

1 erase

Add the following 2 adjustment layers as clipping masks to this ground texture layer:


1 lvs


1 curves

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

We will add some more crack textures on the back to support our text. We can go back to the crack stock image and select the entire image:

2 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document. Re-size this new layer to fit our document and reduce its layer opacity to around 70%:

2 resize

Use a soft eraser to fade its edges as shown below:

2 erase

Apply the following 2 adjustment layers as clipping masks for this new crack layer:


2 lvs


2 curves

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

If you use an earlier version of Photoshop and don’t have the 3D function, you can download this PSD file here which has the rendered 3D text.

If you do have CS6 or above, use the font we downloaded and the 3D function to render the following text “FLAME”:

3 text

Select the text:

3 sel

Move the selection to our cracked ground image and copy the selection:

3 move

Paste the selection over to our text, then use a soft eraer to remove some parts of the texture so that not all letters are covered:

3 erase

Load the flame stock image into Photoshop and repeat the above process, and copy a selection of fire:

3 fire

Paste the selection to our text and set the layer blending mode to “Hard Light”:

3 hard light

We can duplicate the 3D layer once and move it above all the texture layers:

3 dup text layer

Set the layer blending mode of the duplicated tex layer to “Overlay”:

3 dup text overlay

and here is the effect so far:

3 dup text

Step 4

We will add the surrounding fire to our document. Use the Lasso Tool (set to 40px feather) to select a portion of the flame stock image:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, then apply the following unsharp mask filter to sharpen the flame a bit:

4 unshap

Set the layer blending mode of the flame layer to “Screen”:

4 screen

Attach the flame to our text, also add some more fire elements around the canvas, as shown below:

4 more fire

Step 5

We’re almost done! To fine-tune the effect, I added a color balance adjustment layer on top of all layers:

5 col sha

5 col mid

5 col hig

Add some extra fire elements to the text as shown below from the flame stock image:

5 more fire

and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)


That’s it for this Photoshop tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it somehow useful. Drop me a comment if you have any questions. Till next time, have a great day!


  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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  • wonderwall

    how can I move the selection to our cracked ground image and copy the selection?

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