Create a Spooky Mystic 3D Typography
Its been a while since I wanted to experiment with the 3D text, a particular idea was stuck in my head that i wanted to work on. A burnt coal effect is finally what i came up with! I came across some really nice textures n backgrounds which further complemented and turned the burnt coal effect into this spooky typography. Lets get going!
First up grab these amazing resources, this is all we need to complete this tutorial.
Open a new document of size 1024X768 pixels. Make a new layer(ctrl+shift+n) and fill it with black color. Now insert dungeon image on a new layer and rename it “background“, desaturate (ctrl+shift+u) it,and reduce the opacity to 60%.
Now import the burnt texture on a new layer, rename it “burnt texture” and desaturate it too, reduce the opacity to 60% and change the blending mode to overlay.
Create a new layer(ctrl+shift+n) and call it “burnt look“, select a color #d26f0e, fill the layer with this color,set the blending mode to overlay and reduce the opacity to 75%. With completion of this step we will get a burnt look on the background, like it had been on fire recently
Now we need some red in the image to give it a fiery glow. To do this we will introduce a gradient layer. Create a new layer(ctrl+shift+n) call it “fiery glow” ,With #b87a72 as selected color, apply a radial gradient as shown and reduce the opacity of this layer to 80%.
Now we come to an interesting point in the tutorial. We will introduce 3D text here. This can be achieved by using various 3D Text programs to write and then import tit into photoshop. Here i have used Xara 3D but you can also use adobe illustrator to achieve the same effect.
Now we will press (ctrl+click) on the text layer to make a selection around the alphabet.
Import the burnt texture image once again on a new layer and call it “Burnt Texture Temp“, use the selection tool and drag the above selection of the alphabet over the burnt texture image right click on the image and select Layer via copy and name this new layer as “burnt T”.
Now set the visibility mode of the “Burnt Texture Temp” layer to off and overlap the “burnt T” layer with the text T layer with that set the blending mode to color burn.
Now we will give the texts some effects. To do so right click on text layer> choose blending options and use following settings :
- Drop shadow and Inner shadow with the default setting.
- Satin with settings as shown
- And finally Stroke – size 1px, opacity 76% color(black).
Once done we will have something looking like this:
Now we will work on the Front portion of our alphabet.Select the front portion of the alphabet ( Here I selected it using the magic wand tool) and repeat step 7 for the front face of T, but keep the blending mode to normal this time, name this layer as “front T”.
We will be applying the following blending options on the “front T” layer
- Drop shadow and Inner shadow with the default settings.
- Satin with following settings :
- Gradient overlay with following settings
After applying the effects we will have a burnt look on T as shown below:
Next we are going to introduce the shadow on to the text. take a soft round brush with size 100px with 0% hardness with black color and slowly paint the shadow always keeping in mind the direction of light and the perspective of the shadow.
Here I have introduced another alphabet N by repeating steps from 5 to step12.
Next we will be adding a little mist to the whole image using the “smoky fire brush”. Simply select the brush and make a new layer and call it “smoke“. Using a light grey shade add smoke and reduce the opacity of this layer to achieve our final result.
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