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3D Skyscraper Text Effect – Updated for Photoshop CS6

A while ago, a 3D Skyscraper inspired text effect tutorial was published, and it was created using Photoshop CS5.

Recently, many requests were received asking for an unpdated version using the CS6 3D Tools.

And since nothing is different except for the 3D part of the tutorial, you can still follow the other steps of the original tutorial (Part 1 and Part 2), then check the steps below to create the 3D part in CS6.

The Final Result:

3D Skyscraper

Step 1

- Start by creating the text in All Caps. The font used is Geometry Soft Pro, the size is 150 pt, the color is White, and the Tracking value is 25.

Skyscraper 3D step 1

- Go to 3D -> New 3D Extrusion from Selected Layer. This will convert the text layer into a 3D layer.

Skyscraper 3D step 1

- To access the 3D mesh settings and properties, you’ll need to open two panels: The 3D panel, and the Properties panel (both found under the Window menu).

The 3D panel has all the components of the 3D scene, and when you click the name of any of those, you’ll be able to access its settings in the Properties panel. So make sure to always select the name of the element you want to modify in the 3D panel before you change its settings in the Properties panel.

Skyscraper 3D step 1

Step 2

- Click the text 3D mesh name in the 3D panel, then, in the Properties panel, change the Deformation Axis to bottom, the Texture Mapping to Scale, and the Extrusion Depth to 550.

Skyscraper 3D step 2

- Click the Deform icon at the top of the Properties panel, then change the Taper to 80% and click the Shear radio button.

Skyscraper 3D step 2

- Click the Cap icon (also at the top of the Properties panel), change the Bevel Width to 25%, and the Contour to Cone. You can increase the Bevel Width if you want the top edges to be more raised.

Skyscraper 3D step 2

- Click the Coordinates icon, and change the X Rotation Angle to 90. This will rotate the mesh 90° vertically.

Once you do that, go to 3D -> Snap Object to Ground Plane to make sure that the mesh isn’t floating above or below the Ground Plane.

Skyscraper 3D step 2

- Pick the Move Tool and check its Options bar. You’ll find a set of 3D Modes for the tool to the right of the bar. When you choose one of those, you can then click and drag to perform any changes (on the selected element in the 3D panel).

You can also click the mesh in the 3D scene (or select its name in the 3D panel), and use the 3D axis to move it around.

The arrows at the ends of the axis move the mesh, the part below them is used for rotation, and the cubes are used for scaling. The cube in the center is used to scale the object uniformly. All you need to do is click and drag the wanted part.

So use the 3D Axis to place the mesh at the bottom of the document, then rotate it slightly forwards.

Skyscraper 3D step 2

- You can also click the Current View tab in the 3D panel, then click and drag in an empty area to change the camera view as well (using one of the 3D Modes).

It is important to keep the 3D mesh snapped to the Ground Plane, and change the Camera view to move the scene up and down instead of moving the mesh itself.

Skyscraper 3D step 2

Step 3

- Next, we’ll apply the materials. This might be a tiny bit different from the CS5 version, since some settings do not exist in both Photoshop versions. But the final outcome is almost the same.

Start by selecting the Extrusion Material in the 3D panel, then click the Diffuse folder icon and choose New Texture.

Skyscraper 3D step 3

- For this tutorial, the dimensions will be 2500 x 2500. This will enable a better tiling of the texture.

Skyscraper 3D step 3

- Click the Diffuse Texture icon and choose Edit Texture.

Skyscraper 3D step 3

- This will open the texture file. Make the Background layer invisible by clicking the eye icon next to it, then create a new layer on top of it.

Pick the Paint Bucket Tool, choose the Pattern Fill in the Options bar, choose the “Diffuse” pattern and fill the layer with it.

Skyscraper 3D step 3

- Double click the layer to apply a Stroke effect by changing the Size to 2.

Skyscraper 3D step 3

- This will thicken the lines a bit. Save the document (File -> Save), then close it (File -> Close) to go back to the original document.

Skyscraper 3D step 3

- Click the Diffuse texture icon, then choose Edit UV Properties.

Skyscraper 3D step 3

- Change the U Scale to 250% (this will repeat the texture vertically), the V Scale to 100%, and both the U Offset and V Offset values to 0.

Skyscraper 3D step 3

Step 4

- Change the other Extrusion Material values as below. The Diffuse color is #5d727e, the Specular is #e0e0e0, the Illumination is #000000, and the Ambient is #606060.

Skyscraper 3D step 4

- Click the Bump folder icon, choose New Texture, set its Width and Height values to 2500, then click the Bump texture icon and choose Edit Texture.

Fill the document with the “Bump” texture, then save the file and close it to go back to the original one.

Skyscraper 3D step 4

- Click the Bump texture icon once more, choose Edit UV Properties, and use the exact values used for the Diffuse texture.

Skyscraper 3D step 4

- Click the Front Inflation Material tab in the 3D panel and modify its settings as below.

The Diffuse color is #b4b4b4, the Specular is #e0e0e0, the Illumination is #000000, and the Ambient is #606060.

Skyscraper 3D step 4

- Finally, click the Front Bevel Material, and create its texture as illustrated in the original tutorial.

Then, modify the rest of the values as below.

The Specular color is #e0e0e0, the Illumination is #000000, and the Ambient is #606060.

Skyscraper 3D step 4

Step 5

- Click the ‘Add new Light to Scene’ icon down the 3D panel, and add two lights: and Infinite Light, and a Spot Light.

Skyscraper 3D step 5

- Click the Infinite Light 1 tab, then change the light Color to #d3c7a9.

Skyscraper 3D step 5

- Click the Coordinates icon at the top of the Properties panel and use the values below.

Skyscraper 3D step 5

- Click the Infinite Light 2 tab, and change its Intensity to 40%.

Skyscraper 3D step 5

- Then modify its Coordinates.

Skyscraper 3D step 5

- Click the Spot Light 1 tab, and change it Intensity to 10%.

Skyscraper 3D step 5

- And change the Coordinates values to match the ones below.

You can play around with the values if you like to change the lighting.

Skyscraper 3D step 5

- Finally, click the Environment tab, and change the Shadows Opacity (under Ground Plane) to 0%. This will make sure that no shadows are rendered (since they’re not supposed to appear in the final result).

Skyscraper 3D step 5

Step 6

- Finish modifying everything, then go to 3D -> Render. This will render the final scene.

The rendering might take a while, but you can stop it anytime by clicking anywhere inside the document.

Skyscraper 3D step 6

- When the rendering is done, you can follow the steps in Part 2 to finish up the rest of the effect.

Skyscraper 3D step 6

And that’s it for the CS6 3D version of this tutorial.
Thank you for sending in your requests for this update.

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