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Published on February 15th, 2013 | by Adrien | Supercolor

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Create a Retro 3D Halftone Text Effect in Photoshop

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In this Tutorial I will show you how to create a 3D Halftone Text Effect in Photoshop that can be used as a cool rock band cover using some cool flash shapes, the Text Tool and a lot of different layer styles. Let’s get started!

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Step 1 – THE New Document and Text

Open up Photoshop and create a new document, for the size I used 1250x1000px.

In this step we’ll create the typographic element, select the Text Tool (T), I used a font called «Code Pro» by FontFabric, you can use any font you like, I wrote «Rock» in black using this font. Then rasterize the font, Type – Rasterize Type Layer.

Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), make a selection around the last letter, «K» for me, right click on the selection and select Layer via Cut.

Select the new layer with the last letter, use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) to Flip it Horizontally, to do that right click and select Flip Horizontal.

Use the Text Tool (T) to write an other word under the first one, I wrote «On» under the «Rock» Text with the same font and rasterize this type layer, Type – Rasterize Type Layer.

If you’re using the same font than me, select the Rectangle Tool (M), create two small vertical rectangles on the «N» letter.

Now let’s add some flash shapes, select the Pen Tool (P) and create the first flash shape under the «R» letter, when you like the result, duplicate this shape, place the new one under the last letter and flit it vertically, Ctrl+T then right click and select Flip Horizontal.

Merge all the layers (text and shapes), Layer – Merge Layers (Ctrl+E) then use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T), right click on the selection, select Skew, select the right middle point and pull it up . Keep this text layer, rename it, «Rock On Src», we’ll duplicate it a few times.

Duplicate the «Rock On Src» layer again, rename the new layer «Rock On Gradient», apply a Gradient Overlay layer style on the new layer, with two blue colours, going from #4CACFB – #4BB9E8 with those parameters:

 

Step 2 – Text Effect Part 1

Duplicate the «Rock On Src» layer again, rename the new layer «Rock On Highlight», change the Fill to 0% and the Opacity to 90%, then add some Bevel and Emboss and Satin Layer Styles on it with those parameters:

 

Step 3 – Text Effect Part 2

Duplicate the «Rock On Src» layer again, rename the new layer «Rock On Emboss», change the Fill to 0% and the Opacity to 90%, then add a Bevel and Emboss Layer Style with those parameters:

 

Step 4 – Halftone Effect

Now let’s create the cool halftone effect on the text, create a new layer, select the Gradient Tool (G) with a Black to White gradient, create a gradient from the top to the bottom of the canvas.

Apply the Color Halftone filter on this gradient layer, Filter – Pixelate – Color Halftone with a 6px Max. Radius and 45° for all channels. Change the Fill of this layer to 50% and its Blending Mode to Soft Light.

Make a selection of the «Rock On Src» layer, to do this, right click on this layer – Select Pixels, then reselect the color halftone layer and create a Layer Mask on it with this selection, Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection.

Add a new Gradient Fill layer, Layer – New Fill Layer – Gradient with a White to Black gradient with a 0% opacity on the black colour, and a 90° angle :

Change the Fill of this Gradient Fill layer to 50%. Create a Clipping Mask with this fill layer, Layer – Create Clipping Mask.

 

Step 5 – Text Effect Part 3

Duplicate the «Rock On Src» layer again, rename the new layer «Rock On Gradient Highlight», change the Opacity to 30% and the Fill to 0%. Add a Gradient Overlay layer style on this layer with a black to white gradient, a 0% opacity on the black colour and a 50% opacity on the white colour with those parameters:

 

Step 6 – Text Effect Part 4

Duplicate the «Rock On Src» layer again, rename the new layer «Rock On Emboss», change the Fill to 0% and the Opacity to 90%. Use the Move Tool (V) to move the text 10px Up and 20px Left. Place this layer behind the «Rock On Gradient».

Add a Bevel and Emboss layer style on this layer with those parameters:

Let’s add a little more details and highlights on this text with a cool light stroke. Duplicate the «Rock On Src» layer again, rename the new layer «Rock On Stroke». Use the Move Tool (V) to move this layer 10px Up and 10px Left and change the Fill of this layer to 0%.

Place this layer between the «Rock On Emboss» and «Rock On Gradient» layers then apply an Outer Glow layer style with a purple colour to it with those parameters:

Place this layer into a new group, change the Blending Mode of this group to Color Dodge.

This leaves our 3D Halftone Text Effect complete, the style can be used to create any kind of 3D effect illustration. Feel free to download the source files if you need help :

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Hi, I'm a designer and the creator of supercolortuts.com, I like to share Tips and Techniques in Photoshop and Illustrator. Check out my Portfolio at supercolorstudio.com or my Prints shop supercolor.bigcartel.com



7 Responses to Create a Retro 3D Halftone Text Effect in Photoshop

  1. looks amazing and creative 3d text effect in this tutorial. thanks for sharing

  2. GraphicsDuo2 says:

    Cool!! I learned some brand new techniques in this tutorial. Thanks for sharing this Adrien de Broglio.

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  5. Joren says:

    I love this tutorial so much! Nice work man!

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  7. vinzorrr says:

    Just one question, I was reading about when to use wich cs application and ofcourse it said to use illustrator for logo’s etc, so why create this logo in ps than? cause now it’s pixel based right? Not to be negative just to know why it could be useful to create this logo in ps.

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