Mixing typography with abstract art is quite an endeavor, but that was something that Jaroslav Hach decided to face and we think he nailed the challenge.
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.
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.
Copy the text in Illustrator and then go to Photoshop. Paste the text there.
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.
Here is the 3D text you will have after applying the effects. Now it's time to render. Go to 3D>Render.
The 3D image will be rendered 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.
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.
For the Halftone Screen properties use 30 for the Frequency, 45 for the Angle and LIne for the Shape.
This is the result of the Halftone. Go again to Image>Mode>RGB Color. Using the layer duplicated in 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.
Add a new layer and fill it with #303030 for the color.
Move the new layer so it's behind the 3D. Select the 3D layer and change the Blend Mode to Multiply.
Duplicate the layer and change the Blend Mode to Normal.
Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use Deep Blue for the Filter at 50%.
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.
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 easy to use.