3D Dreamy Scene On The Sky: Tutorial


title-dreamy Ok, it’s time for new tutorial. I wanted to create dreamy scene in the sky, learning different effects through all tutorial. We will use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and cloud stock image. Again we will use 3D effects to get the job done. And yes, if You can use, Xara 3D for this step – it will get a lot better results then using simple Illustrator’s Bevel&Extrude options. If You don’t know what Xara is , check out this review and tutorial using XARA 3D to get cool 3D effect. Let’s begin!

At first we need to find the background with the cloud. I found this one image, download it with clicking on the image and Save Image:


Step 1

Now I wanted to get more brighter colors, so get Your image settings window with Image–>Adjustments–>Brightness/Contrast. Play with the settings, I got something like this:


Step 2

Now I wanted to get wave effect, so the cloud will look like more whirlwind. Go to the Filter–>Distort–>Twirl, Zoom out a little bit to see the preview window with -/+ and use settings like mine to get this effect.


Step 3

Okay, now You must open Illustrator, to get 3D letters, You can use Xara 3D to get even better results, but although I know not many people use this program, I used Illustrator. Use light gray color and broad font, ~850pt for better results, to add 3D effect – Effect–>3D–> Extrude&Bevel.

Check “Preview” checkbox to see preview, change extrude depth to 150pt and rotate object until You are satisfied. Repeat those steps changing letters and adding different rotation settings.



Step 4

When You are finished just copy and paste letters from Illustrator to Photoshop, each letter on the separate layer.

Rename all the layers so You can easier navigate between them later. Resize letters, rotate them to look better.


Step 5

To get little more brighter colors, duplicate background layer and change blending mode to Overlay.


Step 6

Now I wanted to get more interesting and dreamy result, so follow me to these steps:

There are many ways to create this effect, but I used this one. Ok, create new layer and move it to the top.

Switch to Pen tool and create something like this:


Step 7

Switch to brush(B) tool, choose round brush with hardness 0%, then again switch to Pen tool, right click on the curve, Stroke path, use brush and simulate pressure. After that, right click on the path again and Delete path.


Step 8

Now let’s get to the exciting part:

Filter–>Distort–>Wave and use these settings:


Step 9

The next step is to swirl those bits so use again Filter–>Distort–>Twirl and use maximal angle – 999 and hit OK.

Now Change blending mode to Color Dodge and add Outer Glow.


Now You should be the same result as me:


Step 10

Ok, let’s move on, we should add colors to the letters, select letter D layer and with magic wand tool click on the white area, add new layer (CTRL+SHIFT+N),name it “D front” and fill it with color ( ALT+DELETE). We are doing this step for later use, so we could add  brushes on the front of the letter and different colors:


Step 11

Now return to D letter layer, add gradient overlay in blending options, change mode to overlay and reduce opacity, to save 3D look and shapes. Add gradient like You want, play with colors until You are satisfied.


Step 12

Now select “D front” layer, add color overlay or gradient overlay, and add similar color like You did to D letter, just little more brighter, because it’s front of the letter. In the next step we will add brushes to the letter front to get a little bit cooler result. Use Your own brushes, anything it doesn’t really matters – just do the job until it feels good. To do the trick and add brushes only to the letter front, create new layer above the “D front” and add it as layer mask. You can do it holding ALT and hovering between D front and mask layer and clicking between them.


Now with mask layer selected press F5 to get brush popup panel, press B to switch to brush, and brush something over the D letter front. Again feel free to experiment with different brushes, colors, and blending options. If You have no brushes to use check this list with 42 free nature and floral brushes.

I used white color and then added different blending options, outer glow to do the job. Repeat steps 10-11-12 to the rest of the letters, adding different settings, colors and brushes.

My result is like this, click to the image to see it full size:


Download PSD version

I hope You learned something from this tutorial and feel free to ask for details. I added also PSD version of the tutorial, so check it out too. Enjoy and thanks for patience!



  1. It’s really nice tutorial. It’s so simple and u have done a nice job. Thanks for sharing it brother.

  2. Mr.Carrot58

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  3. Michael

    Complete frustration as usual with these tutorials. I don’t know Illustrator, but my version does not have a 3D option under effect and all the filters are greyed out when I select the type.

  4. Michael Stewart

    Amazing tutorial that effect is just incredible.

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  5. Tom Ross

    Awesome tutorial. I’ll have to keep my eye on your website :)

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  6. Thanks people! :)) Glad to hear!

    @AuthorFriendly not yet, because Photoshop and Illustrator are far more popular programs for now, but I promise in the future to create something different :)

  7. Marcuss Zilgalvis

    Appreciated, could have done a bit more on those symbols, but it’s neat anyway ;)

  8. Thanks, for the kind words, mates! :))

    Yeah, I now Marcus, could be better, but for the first few tutorials, I hope it will be good enough:)) and again appreciate kind wordS!

  9. kosyman

    Great tutorial! Maybe one day I can get back around to working with some better graphics programs like Photoshop, etc. Most of the artwork I have attempted for clients has been using MS Paint, and I have experimented with a few others along the way too, but the time has not been allotted…

    I really enjoyed the tutorial & will have to come back & check out more of your website – from what I just saw, this website will be a huge online web resource ;)