I was looking for some more typography tutorials when I found this other one that I wanted to try. Unfortunately, this one said that it required Cinema 4D in order to give the text a 3D effect. I was going to switch to another tutorial but then I remembered something about a 3D option in Photoshop; so I continued with the tutorial anyways.
The original tutorial had text that said “Design Instruct” (I think, the type face is kind of hard to read) instead, I used “Neon Construct”. To be completely honest it has no meaning
whatsoever, I just thought that it sounded cool.
I also started playing around with the 3D tool a bit. I did not use any tutorials for the Photoshop 3D tool, it was mostly exploring and trial and error.
While exploring I noticed a little white circle around the boarder of my file. I clicked it and discovered that it acted as a light source, which is pretty cool. I also played around with the positioning a little more. What you see in this screen cap is the position that I wanted the text but I decided to practice first and go back to changes and details later.
Next I created a background. I don’t know about everyone else, but when I hear the word neon, I think of pinks, purples, and reds; so that’s what I used.
I also added some textures to the background like this nebula. I only used it as a texture so I desaturated it first.
Next I added some stars. I varied the intensity and brightness of each section of stars by going over them with a soft-edged black brush with varying opacity.
After toying around with additional colours and backgrounds this was the final version. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that I felt it was a little dark. However, that was fixed later on.
As I continued through the tutorial I made these white rectangles by using the marquee tool and the gradient tool. Then I copied the layer, flipped it horizontally and aligned it with the other one. I’ve actually used shapes like this in some stuff I did in high school; but what I didn’t know was how cool an effect you could get by using the colour dodge layer style.
I wanted to explore the 3D more at this point and discovered the really cool things you can do with it. And this is just with text!
I also took this time to play around with the global light feature again.
When I was pretty much finished with the tutorial I, again, wanted to play with the 3D tool. I discovered that you could apply textures to the face and body of the text. I tried using some of the ones I had stashed away but none of them quite looked right.
If anyone remembers my last post, the one involving the Grey scale Nebula, I tried to use that as a texture. It looked the best out of all the ones I used, so I stuck with it.
I was pretty much done at this point so I just added some final touches. I changed the colour of the text a bit, I changed the global light, added another texture to the background, and increased the size of the glowing bars.
I had a lot of fun on this one. The 3D tool in Photoshop is something I would highly recommend for using because it’s a lot of fun to screw around with. This was my first time using it though but I’m definetly going to use it more in the future.