Photoshop CS6 has updated its 3D tool adding more features and making it easier to use and faster. We decided to play with some 3D using Photoshop to create a basic extrusion and then adding some old halftone style to it.

So in this tutorial we will create a basic 3D effect using Photoshop and Illustrator. The whole process is very simple but it might take you up to 2 hours to go through the whole technique.

Step 1

Open Illustrator and create a new document. Using the font Teutonic No1 DemiBold, you can download it here (http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Teutonic-No1), create your text. I added the text 3D in CS6. Notice that I connect the letters so there pretty much one big block.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 2

Copy the text in Illustrator and then go to Photoshop. Paste the text there.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 3

Time to add some 3D. With the new layer selected go to 3D>New 3D Extrusion from the Selected Layer. After go to Window>3D so you can see the 3D panel. Follow the images below for the 3D properties for the Scene, Object, Texture and Lighting.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 4

Here is the 3D text you will have after applying the effects. Now it's time to render. Go to 3D>Render.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 5

The 3D image will be render and you will get a much sharper result. The rendering might take a little long, so it's time to get some coffee :) Once is done duplicate this layer. We will use it in the future to create a mask.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 6

Once the render is over you can rasterize the layer. After that go to Image>Mode>Greyscale. Then go again to Image>Mode>Bitmap. Select 300 Pixels/Inch for the output and Halftone Screen for the Method.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 7

For the Halftone Screen properties use 30 for the Frequency, 45 for the Angle and LIne for the Shape.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 8

This is the result of the Halftone. Go again to Image>Mode>RGB Color. Using the layer duplicated in the Step 5, create a marquee selection by holding Command and clicking on the thumb of the layer. The idea here is to hide the background with the halftone. We just need the 3D text and shadow.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 9

Add a new layer and fill it with #303030 for the color.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 10

Move the new layer so it's behind the 3D. Select the 3D layer and change the Blend Mode to Multiply.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 11

Duplicate the layer and change the Blend Mode to Normal.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 12

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use Deep Blue for the Filter at 50%.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Step 13

Select all layers and duplicate them. After that merge the new layers into one and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Conclusion

Change the Blend Mode of the blurry layer to Overlay at 50% and the design will be done. The idea of this tutorial was to create a nice 3D effect using the new 3D interface in Photoshop CS6 and we found out that it has improved quite a lot since the previous version in terms of speed and ease to use.

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

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Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.