Create 3D Photoshop Effects Without Using 3D – Easy

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Convert Shapes, Logos, or Text To 3D with Photoshop Smart Objects

This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to make 3d text effect without using the complicated 3D tools in Photoshop!

What You Will Learn In This Photoshop Tutorial

  • You will get a free source file
  • learn how to use it like a pro
  • converting any text to 3D.
  • Convert shapes and logos to 3D
  • Basic understanding and use of Photoshop’s Smart Objects
  • Bonus! How to add custom fonts from Google for free

What’s Required:

  • Photoshop (not more than a few versions old
  • Very basic understanding of adding layers, modifying text, and manipulating images (easy)
  • Source files which can be downloaded from my Google Drive here (to prevent bots from downloading my premium content, a working email is required to get the files (zip format)


Getting Started: How to Convert Regular Text to 3D

Getting Started with Text and File Downloads

5 minutes 5 minutes

Download Zip file and Extract Locally

and download file here

Extract Contents and Open Photoshop

Extract all files and find the photshop 3D-text.psd file. Open this file in Photoshop

Edit the Smart Object

To open a smart object, double click on the smart object icon which can be found on the right work panels – layers – and find the layer to edit. Highlight that layer and double click the icon like above

Edit the Smart Object

A new window will open and this is where you can modify any text, objects or images already saved as a smart object. You can also add new images, text, etc to create a new one. Tip: If you don’t want to lose an previously saved work, you can reuse the smart object and just turn off the layers not needed by clicking the eye icon on the layers panel. Alternatively, you can create a brand new Smart Layer which will be saved locally. Don’t forget to save your work before returning tot the main tab. Once you save the smart object, any changes will now be visible in the original file. Pretty smart, eh?!

Adjust Your 3D Depth by Hiding Layers

I designed this template with a load of presets that you can simply turnoff to increase or decrease the 3D effect. Experiment!

Visit my googledrive for source files