This tutorial explains how to use the Bevel and Emboss layer effect, rectangle shape layers, and some simple tricks to create a 3D-like wrapped gift box.
The Final Result:
* the software used in this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop CS6, but you can use CS3+ versions as well.
* you might want to check the Basix Page to see some useful topics on dealing with Photoshop basics, such as loading palettes and some shortcuts.
In textuts’ 2nd anniversary, I’d like to once again thank all textuts’ readers, followers, subscribers and supporters. Your support means a lot, and it just made the previous year a definitely wonderful one.
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This text effect is yet another simple Thank You ‘gift’. Hope you like it.
- Thanks to Sapri Waldi for suggesting the idea as well.
- Create a new 1024 x 786 px document. Set the Foreground color to #780500 and the Background color to #210100, pick the Gradient Tool, click the Radial Gradient icon in the Options bar, then click and drag from the center of the document to one of the corners.
- Create the text in All Caps. The font used is Kimberley, the size is 331 pt, and the color is #ff221d.
- Duplicate the text layer, and change the copy’s Opacity to 70%, and its Fill value to 0%.
Double click the original text layer to apply the following Layer Style:
- Bevel and Emboss: Change the Depth to 246, the Size to 7, check the Anti-aliased box, change the Highlight Mode Opacity to 10%, and the Shadow Mode color to #4f4f4f.
- Contour: Just check the Anti-aliased box.
- Drop Shadow: Un-check the Use Global Light box, then change the Angle to 147. Also, change the Distance to 10, the Spread to 7, and the Size to 18.
- This will make the text look like a 3D box. But wrapped gifts are usually a bit more glossy and shiny. And this is what we’ll add in the next step.
Double click the copy text layer to apply the following Layer Style:
- Bevel and Emboss: Change the Depth to 225, the Direction to Down, the Size to 15, and check the Anti-aliased box. Un-check the Use Global Light box, then change the Angle to 80 and the Altitude to 60. Change the Gloss Contour to Rounded Slope, the Highlight Mode to Vivid Light, and the Shadow Mode Opacity to 30%.
- Contour: Choose the Half Round Contour, and check the Anti-aliased box.
- This will create smooth shiny edges.
- Ctrl + click a text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.
- Create a new layer between the two text layers, call it “Texture”, then change its Blend Mode to Hard Light and its Opacity to 25%.
Load the Patterns: Damask Wallpaper pack, and pick the Paint Bucket Tool. Change the Fill to Pattern in the Options bar, and choose the “CG_wallpaper11.png” pattern.
Fill the selection with the pattern then go to Select -> Deselect (or press Ctrl + D) to get rid of the selection.
- Set the Foreground and Background colors to Black and White, then pick the Rectangle Tool. We are going to create the ‘ribbons’ now. So draw a rectangle on the first letter you have.
Choosing the part of the letter to cover is up to you, and so is the ribbon’s width. Just make sure that the ribbon does not cover more than 50% of the part you place it on.
Double click the shape layer to apply the following Layer Style:
- Gradient Overlay: You can use any of the gradients from the “Goldmedal.grd” file in the gradient-shapes for Photoshop pack. The one used here is “Brass Bs 30″.
- Drop Shadow: Just change the Distance to 1.
- This will make the ribbon look brighter and more realistic.
- Use the Add Anchor Point Tool to add two anchor points where the edge (bevelled part) of the letter is.
- Pick the Direct Selection Tool, then click and drag to select the two original anchor points of the rectangle. Move those points using the keyboard’s arrow keys to the right.
Notice that the points added create a curve when the original points were moved. This will fixed next.
- To change the corners into sharp ones, use the Convert Point Tool, and click once on each anchor point.
- Do the same to the upper part of the ribbon.
- Duplicate the Rectangle shape layer, then go to Edit -> Transform Path -> Rotate 90° CW. Notice that this rotates the Gradient Overlay as well.
- Double click the duplicated layer, then change the Gradient Overlay Angle to 0 to match the new shape’s angle.
- The right side of the ribbon looks fine, but the left side is a bit tricky.
- When you add anchor points to the left side, keep the curve, and move the points separately to cover the corner of the letter.
- As for the rights side, just select all the anchor points and move them to the edge.
- The ribbons still look a bit flat, so we’ll add some shadows and highlights to give them depth and dimension. Create a new layer on top of all layers and call “Shadow”, then change its Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 70%. Create another new layer on top of the “Shadow” layer, call it “Highlight”, and change its Blend Mode to Overlay.
Make sure to keep these two layers on top of ALL the ribbon layers.
- Ctrl + click one of the ribbons’ shape layers to create a selection.
- Pick the Polygonal Lasso Tool, and click the ‘Intersect with selection’ icon in the Options bar. Then, draw a selection around the darker area of the letter’s edge, and make sure to trace the bevel’s edge precisely.
- Pick the Gradient Tool, choose the Foreground to Transparent fill, and click the Linear Gradient icon in the Options bar. Make sure that the “Shadow” layer is selected (active), and that the Foreground color is set to Black, then click and drag from the lower edge of the selection to the upper one.
- Ctrl + click the ribbon’s shape layer to create a selection once again. This time, use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to draw a selection around the lighter area of the letter’s bevel. Switch the Foreground and Background colors so that the Foreground color is set to White, and make sure that the “Highlight” layer is selected now, then create the gradient from the upper edge to the lower one.
Press Ctrl + D to get rid of the selection when you’re done.
- As for the round corners of the letters, use the Eraser Tool with a hard round brush to shape the Shadows and the Highlights if you don’t want to create complex selections.
- Open the Green Christmas bow, and remove the Background using the Magic Wand Tool. Place the bow on top of all layers, then press Ctrl + T to enter the Free Transform Mode. Resize and rotate the bow as you like, then press Enter to get out of the Free Transform Mode.
Place the bow where the two ribbons intersect.
- This is optional, but you can add a ribbon on the top left or right corners of some letters. To do so, create a new rectangle, apply the ribbons’ layer style to it, rotate it, and modify its corners.
- Once again, you’ll need to change the Gradient Overlay Angle. Try different values to see which one matches the ribbon’s angle.
- Once you’re done, add the shadows and highlights just like you did before.
- Another cool tip is that you can move the gradient around while modifying the Gradient Overlay, by simply clicking and dragging the gradient inside the ribbon.
- Repeat the same process for the rest of the letters. This might be a bit time consuming, but the final result will look awesome.
- Place the Texture14 image right on top of the Background layer, then change its layer’s Blend Mode to Color Dodge, and its Opacity to 30%. This will add a nice subtle texture to the background.
- Click the ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ icon down the Layers panel and choose Gradient Map.
- Place the adjustment layer between the text layers and the ribbon layers, so that the ribbons won’t be affected. Then change the adjustment layer’s Blend Mode to Pin Light and its Opacity to 10%, and choose a simple Black to White gradient. This helps desaturate the bright reds a little bit which brings out the texture a bit more.
And your gift is ready now! Hope you like it