Unique 3D Text – Xara 3D + Photoshop Tutorial

Posted in 3D Effects, Text Effects, Tutorials4 years ago • Written by 65 Comments

So hello again! It’s time for my first tutorial I’ve ever been made. I actually hope You will enjoy this one, and that will encourage me to do some more. We will use Xara 3D to get 3D text effect, then export text to Photoshop and add some style there.  If You haven’t got Xara 3D, You can download demo for free ( 15 days trial) and You can read my review about Xara and their pros and cons. And yeah, If You don’t want to download program I will give You *.psd file with text elements, so You can skip Xara part and get straight to Photoshop retouching part.

Before we start here is what we will be creating today:

Click on image to enlarge
typo-1stwebdesigner

1.Xara 3D tutorial part:

  • Okay, let’s open Xara 3D programm.  By default there will be “X3D Version 6″
  • Click on the Text options, press CTRL+A to delete existing text and type T, choose font, You like and press OK.

  • 1.2. Now we will change text a little bit -
  • 1. Click on Text toolbar, to get off that rounded circle;
  • 2.Click on Bold – to make text little bigger;
  • 3.Click on Lightning to show lightning arrows;
  • 4. Click on Bevel options to change default Bevel settings;

  • 1.3.
  • 1.3.1. Change bevel shape to rolled to add little bit emboss effect;
  • 1.3.2.Click to Round to round corners a little bit;
  • 1.3.3. Change depth to 10 – to soften a little emboss effect;

bevel-options

  • 1.4. Okay, now we will play with lightning and 3D effects.
  • 1.4.1. Click on Text as shown and move Your mouse cursor to add any 3D effect while it is exactly as You want;
  • 1.4.2. Click on the arrows and move them around to get glossy view and better lightning, if needed;

  • 1.5.Okay, We are done in XARA, now let’s export text to Photoshop:
  • 1.5.1. Click File-Export or CTRL+SHIFT+E to get export view;
  • 1.5.2. Choose where to save file,then do check everything like picture below, to add transparency choose *.png format and in the options click Transparent checkbox;

Do this with every letter, change 3D effects, maybe colors – play with options until You are satisfied. I got 4 png files at the end, one for every letter – T,Y,P,E.

2.Adobe Photoshop part

If You are starting just from now on – click here to get *.zip file with all 4 *.png files.

I will use many Photoshop keyboard shortcuts, if You want to learn about most useful ones, read my article  – 48+ Greatest Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts.

 

1.step

  • 1.1.Create a new document, call it TYPE,  I used 1000×750 size.
  • 1.2.Open T document in photoshop, press CTRL+A to select all, then CTRL+C, open Your TYPE document and press CTRL+V to drop it in the document;
  • 1.3. resize text with CTRL+T and holding ALT+SHIFT to resize from center point and to resize it proportionally, rotate it to get better result;
  • 1.4. Repeat those steps for all 4 text documents until You got result similar like mine:

2.step

Now lets create some background,click on background layer to make it active:

  • 1. Press G to activate gradient editor;
  • 2.Click on radial gradient;
  • 3.And then double click on the gradient editor, to get gradient editor;

  • 4.Choose Foreground to background;
  • 5.Use color codes to get output as mine, copy those RGB codes and use them: #f8b1d7, #8871a1

colors-gradient

Now click and pull Your mouse like in the picture to get same result:

3.step

Now let’s add shadow to create more realistic effect:

1. Select all four text layers – easy technique is to select first layer, hold SHIFT and select on last layer You want to select, then right click and press duplicate;

duplicate

  • 2. Now press CTRL+E to merge those layers into one, rename it – shadow and move it below all text layers.
  • 3. Hit D to reset foreground/background color;
  • 4.CTRL+CLICK on the shadow layer to select it, then press ALT+DELETE to fill it with black color;

  • 5. Hit CTRL+D to deselect layer;
  • 6.Go to Filter–>Blur–>Gaussian Blur and type 10 to radius pixels, hit OK;
  • 7. Change opacity to ~40% to soften shadow;

4.step

I added more shadow to make it more realistic, You can skip this step if You want:

  • 1.Click on Elliptical Marque tool and change feather to 50px;
  • 2.Hit D to reset background/foreground color;
  • 3. Click CTRL+SHIFT+N to create a new layer;

marque

4.Click and drag marque tool below the letters, then change opacity to ~20-40%;

5. step

In this step we will add some colors to actual text, I took idea here actually from Nick Ainley’s work -

1.Double click on T text layer to get blending options:

Check everything as in the pictures below, to get different colors just play with gradient overlay:

  • 2. Okay, now You have one text nicely colored. To copy layer style –> right click on the layer – click “copy layer style”;
  • 3.Click on the other text layer – right click and “past layer style”, just change gradient overlay colors to get different results;

My result is like this:

6.step

Okay now lets add some more interesting background and styling:

  • 1.Download those curvy line brushes – of course, better is to make those curves in Illustrator and then just import to Photoshop, but I will not bother You to do it now. I am sure You want to get faster to the final illustration.
  • 2. Load brushes into just by double clicking and find them clicking F5 – to get brushes panel.
  • 3.Click CTRL+SHIFT+N to create new layer and move it to top of all layers.
  • 4. I used white background color.
  • 5. Now change opacity to ~60-70% and click E, to grab eraser tool and erase few places to get effect that those lines are rambling through the letters:

Do this in big zoom ( click ALT+ Mousewheel to zoom in/out), so You can erase lines more precise:

Repeat those steps, add some blending options to get Your own unique results!

This is my final result:

If You couldn’t do something, check out my *.psd file – click here to download.

If You couldn’t do anything – please ask, I will be here to help You!

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Dainis is 25 years young man, who struggled for 3 years while studying in design academy and working for local design agency, because of ignorant teachers and agency boss. He couldn't believe this is all life could offer to him! And then he discovered true Internet possibilities, he was lucky to find his passion early in life and take advantage of this beautiful Information (Internet) Age! Now he is committed to help others succeed, to help others take charge of their life and follow their passion! His goal is to open Your eyes and help unveil Your true potential!

65 Comments Best Comments First
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 02:30

    1

    @adelle totally, yes..:) Thanks! :)

    0
  • paul

    Friday, October 10th, 2008 14:52

    23

    I’ve been trying to export that x3d file, and tryed to save it but it doesn’t work for me. I don’t get the export window as you do, it only shows a normal save as window and if i try to save this as PNG, JPG or any other format it doesnt work.”what the..”am supposed to do about this. anyone having a clue?

    0
  • paul

    Friday, October 10th, 2008 14:57

    24

    I’m so stupid, I did forget to name the file. Sometimes i just wonder what this head is for? thanks

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, September 26th, 2008 14:35

    22

    You’re welcome :) Sure thing I will create some more :)

    0
  • R. Abimanyu Yusuf

    Friday, September 26th, 2008 14:11

    21

    Dainis Graveris, very much thanks bro…

    0
  • Jonathon

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008 23:07

    19

    @Dainis Graveris thankx.

    0
  • neljoy flores

    Friday, September 26th, 2008 12:59

    20

    thanks a lot… for a very nice tutorial… I hope you make more tutorial

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, October 10th, 2008 17:01

    25

    Huh, so You solved the problem or I need to check it again???

    0
  • paul

    Saturday, October 11th, 2008 17:32

    26

    yes I did solve it. apparently I forgot to name the file and it was doing nothing. spoke to soon, anyway thanks for the great post. I’m going to experiment on this for a while.

    0
  • Htoo Tay Zar

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008 12:00

    31

    I tried this tutorial last night. You can check my outcome here. Anyway, Thanks for tutorials.

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008 21:27

    32

    Oh, that’s really good :) Glad someone really downloaded Xara 3D :)

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Thursday, October 30th, 2008 16:28

    30

    Thanks people for good words!

    @Jeroen before You start to yell about tutorial You could compare those tutorials and I mentioned Nik Ainley excellent pick of blending tools too, if You read carefully. I did and explained everything from Xara 3D until Photoshop, opposite to following tutorial. Enjoy!

    0
  • Jeroen

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 17:38

    29

    This tutorial is indeed nice. But the bad thing its almost completely stolen from a designer. I hate this crap.
    Why do u STEEL a tutorial and repost it with your own things? and dont give credits to the original tutorial. for all ppl who are interested in finding the original tutorial watch on
    http://www.shinybinary.com/

    0
  • Matthew

    Friday, October 17th, 2008 16:40

    27

    thank u r information

    it very useful

    0
  • HENNA

    Sunday, October 26th, 2008 19:06

    28

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. Well explained & easy to follow, thank you.

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008 17:39

    18

    @Matthew Cheers! Hope You will learn something new too!

    @Jonathan I understand You, but in this case no matter which kind of curves You use, so I just found free vector swirly curls resources, You can grab from:
    http://www.deviantart.com/#catpath=resources/vector&order=9&q=swirls

    0
  • Jonathon

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008 16:42

    17

    I kind of figured that, but when doing a tutorial for the first time, I like to, follow exactly as possible. Does that make any sense? I mean, besides using paint shop pro, i would like to do exactly what you’re doing, substituting when necessary.

    0
  • Antonwoods

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 02:31

    6

    Thats your first tutorial Adelle? Thats quite impressive, i was expecting a normal photoshop begginner text effect for a first tutorial, but you have kind of made it much more complicated (in a good way) but anyways, amazing tutorial, their wasn’t one step in that guidance I never understood at all, very well explained. Hope to see more tutorials from you Adelle!

    0
  • Ross

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 03:59

    7

    Nice tutorial Dainis, I’ve seen this kind of thing a few times before but I think yours is the best explained. Hopefully we’ll see some more tutorials from you soon :D

    ps. Nik Ainley has been Xara 3D’s best marketing tool ;)

    Rosss last blog post : Stylish Floral Typography

    0
  • adelle

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 02:21

    5

    great tut! That’s your first? Awesome! :)

    adelles last blog post : Inspire yourself with Graffiti Art

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 08:50

    4

    @Ross I really appreciate Your words! If there is so much good words, I will surely keep creating new tutorials :) I think Nik was one of the first who used this technique, totally agreed! :)

    @Max thanks for passing by! You’re welcome.

    @Jay thanks!! There surely will be more :)

    @beets again thanks for Your great words!

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 02:42

    2

    @Antonwoods my apologies, but this is my first tutorial not Adelle’s..:) It’s hard to read if review is adressed to other person, but anyway I appreciate Your comment! :)

    0
  • Jay

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 05:14

    3

    Great tut Dainis. Nicely explained.
    Look forward to seeing a lot more =)

    Best of luck.

    ~Jay

    0
  • Max | Design Shard

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 04:28

    8

    Really Nice Effect, good tutorial thanks.

    0
  • beets

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 05:51

    9

    Fantastic Dainis! Very well explained, and great result. :)

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008 00:27

    15

    Jonathan actually those brushes I used are just for example – You can use any brush You want with this technique.

    0
  • Matthew Heidenreich

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008 03:56

    16

    Great tut, very detailed with a great outcome!

    Matthew Heidenreichs last blog post : Retro Dark Blue Header Design

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Saturday, September 20th, 2008 15:36

    13

    @CoolProducts Thanks! You just need to try! If You can’t do something just ask!

    @Tay Zar Yeah, Nik Ainley’s designs are just amazing! Thanks!!! Good luck!

    0
  • Janko

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 10:38

    10

    Very nice!

    Jankos last blog post : Turn postcard photo into a stunning comment form using CSS

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 19:35

    11

    @Janko Thanks! :)

    @Ronald I really appreciate Your words, I will :) You too keep up ,see you!!

    0
  • NaldzGraphics

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 18:04

    12

    nice Dainis:) that tut is hot;)i like it.keep up the good work buddy!!!

    Ronald

    NaldzGraphicss last blog post : Create a Billiard Balls in Photoshop

    0
  • Dean Kennedy

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 23:28

    33

    Great tutorial Dainis! Have been using Ulead’s 3D product, but have to remove background in Photoshop (not too hard to do, but I like that you can export transparent in Xara as you show). Cool brushes you pointed out too, thanks again!

    Now I’m off to check out your business cards post!

    Dean Kennedys last blog post : Rhythm of Three

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  • Austin Shaffer

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 21:00

    34

    Jeroen’s words were a little harsh, but the point is, Dainis, your tutorial was inspired by Nik’s design. Perhaps a nod to him and his tutorial mentioned at the beginning would have be more appreciative of others’ artwork?

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  • Julie Hollie

    Thursday, November 5th, 2009 20:07

    56

    I have to agree I tried that other tutorial before I found yours and could not get my text from Xara to PS. It was saving it as an index file which was locked. In the other tutorial he does not explain how to export the file. Thanks for the tut, it has opened a new way of designing for me.

    0
    • zaka

      Monday, June 7th, 2010 21:29

      60

      Ya this is very much the best
      i have some more to share

      0
  • Yves

    Friday, March 12th, 2010 13:44

    57

    Thank you very much for this great tutorial, it was very help full, good written and easy to understand! Hope to read more from you.

    Cheers Yves

    0
  • Murat Demir

    Friday, October 30th, 2009 01:13

    55

    The .psd files are missing. But great tuto anyway

    0
  • Tanhee

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009 19:52

    54

    Wow, i think i have some kind of special interest for anything related to 3d, games, animations, videos, films, and this is amazing, im trying it and will write the results here. Amazing and complete information dear colleage. Best wishes

    0
  • zenaire

    Monday, August 31st, 2009 12:04

    52

    Xara is new one of course but looking at your work I must need that. I will try the demo first of course. Thanks to them who introduce us to some amazing software..The thanks goes to you too..

    0
  • Michel

    Sunday, September 13th, 2009 19:26

    53

    I have downloaded the letters and tried to open them in Photoshop.
    By copy and paste them just like it is explained in the tutorial.
    But it didn’t worked.

    Can I use photoshop CS4 for this?

    Or is this not the right one?

    0
  • wali

    Friday, March 26th, 2010 18:02

    58

    yeah this is very nice tutorial bro. Where were u before. Insha Allah i will learn more tutorials.
    Thanks.

    0
  • chesca

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 18:56

    59

    hello, i wish you could have added more tuts on the brushes :( size, the layer, etc in applying the brushes. I’m a total noob :( But, it’s a really great tut. Keep it up! I’ll be tuning in for more tutorials from you :)

    0
  • Todd

    Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 01:44

    63

    check this post please…!!! :(
    I like your site… :) :D

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 12:11

      64

      Apologies,now everything is fixed :)

      0
      • Lyndall

        Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 18:05

        65

        This “free sharing” of information seems too good to be true. Like comunmism.

        0
  • Mersin Nakliyat

    Thursday, August 11th, 2011 16:07

    62

    great tutorial,thank you so much

    0
  • gretchin

    Friday, June 3rd, 2011 18:11

    61

    hello! guys! I’m new to Photoshop, I need help>>…this is my Skype gretchin.plaza1…..Thank you so much!

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 13:30

    51

    @Rusli Zainal sure, just make sure you link to this page as original and give credits – then it will be okay.

    @Alex i didn’t understand you, maybe you need to use another font or you just didn’t check all settings carefully in xara 3d before exporting on PS?

    0
  • Jene

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009 13:07

    42

    This is a great tutorial, step by step and explained well. There is nothing more frustrating than getting half way through a tutorial only to find you don’t understand something or there is a step missed. Thank you and I look forward to more tutorials from you.

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 16:10

    40

    @Penske there is also option – Fit to width, and max font size 288pt to me. Maybe You did something wrong in export settings?

    You put file size to “Current windows size”, maybe you’ve got user defined size and it’s small, I can just guess too. Check out step 1.5.2.

    0
  • Rusli zainal

    Sunday, July 5th, 2009 16:09

    50

    Dainis, I am planning to translate this tutorial and publish it in my blog so will be benefits for other who dont speak english, I’ll let you know when translation is ready, and will ask your permission, thanks

    0
  • Penske

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 01:46

    39

    Yeah I did… it only let’s me go to 400%! Once I go that big then go back to photoshop, I get the same problem… it’s beating my brains out! I have no clue how to fix it or what’s wrong!

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 21:18

    35

    @Htoo Tay Zar – nice outcome! Thanks for showing Your outcome :)

    @Dean Kennedy Thanks, I like easy transparency creation too in Xara 3D, also color settings are very interesting.

    0
  • Penske

    Monday, January 19th, 2009 08:05

    37

    I had a problem… after I saved the .PNG image I opened photoshop, new document, opened .PNG image, then tried to import it to the new document…unfortunately the letters came out real small on the new document… if I try to expand/resize the letter it’s really pixelated! What am I doing wrong or what can I do to correct this?

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Monday, January 19th, 2009 09:08

      38

      @Penske You should just create bigger letters while working still in XARA, just use bigger font size.

      0
  • Kirsten

    Friday, January 23rd, 2009 07:54

    41

    Just so you know you’re out of bandwidth so I wasn’t able to download the 3d text file, but great tutorial nonetheless :) Thanks!

    0
  • Gus Yehia

    Friday, May 22nd, 2009 15:26

    47

    reading and practising it, great work, mate

    Gus Yehias last blog post : Is sulumits retsambew an alien?

    0
  • Lawrence77

    Friday, February 6th, 2009 00:10

    43

    hi friend,
    i think you remember me… :)

    There are lots of spam comments in your blog, try to stop that by anyone of the method!

    thanks..
    Lawrence . J

    0
  • psdlovers

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 17:57

    48

    thanks for the tutorial…but can i share it on my site? ill give you full credits.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 23:43

      49

      @psdlovers sure thing, just don’t forget about linking and credits and I don’t think we’ll have any problems :)

      0
  • Denise

    Friday, May 8th, 2009 23:24

    46

    this is so awesome TnQ so much…the best tut I’ve seen on this 3d font effect…great stuff!!!

    Denises last blog post : New Release day @PDW!!!

    0
  • jose

    Friday, April 24th, 2009 00:24

    44

    hello thank you very much for tutorial

    but idon’t have photoshop i need to make the letters FPOC
    please if you do for me thank you thank you

    0
  • zeta

    Friday, April 24th, 2009 05:21

    45

    You have nice writing skills!

    I enjoyed very much the use of shortcuts, every tutorial should be written that way.

    Very nice effect!
    please show me some more!!

    Zeta

    0
  • Text Effect

    Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 20:35

    36

    very excellent keep it up ..

    Text Effects last blog post : 20+ Great Photoshop Text Effect Tutorial

    -1
  • Todd

    Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 01:44

    63

    check this post please…!!! :(
    I like your site… :) :D

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 12:11

      64

      Apologies,now everything is fixed :)

      0
      • Lyndall

        Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 18:05

        65

        This “free sharing” of information seems too good to be true. Like comunmism.

        0
  • Mersin Nakliyat

    Thursday, August 11th, 2011 16:07

    62

    great tutorial,thank you so much

    0
  • gretchin

    Friday, June 3rd, 2011 18:11

    61

    hello! guys! I’m new to Photoshop, I need help>>…this is my Skype gretchin.plaza1…..Thank you so much!

    0
  • chesca

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 18:56

    59

    hello, i wish you could have added more tuts on the brushes :( size, the layer, etc in applying the brushes. I’m a total noob :( But, it’s a really great tut. Keep it up! I’ll be tuning in for more tutorials from you :)

    0
  • wali

    Friday, March 26th, 2010 18:02

    58

    yeah this is very nice tutorial bro. Where were u before. Insha Allah i will learn more tutorials.
    Thanks.

    0
  • Yves

    Friday, March 12th, 2010 13:44

    57

    Thank you very much for this great tutorial, it was very help full, good written and easy to understand! Hope to read more from you.

    Cheers Yves

    0
  • Julie Hollie

    Thursday, November 5th, 2009 20:07

    56

    I have to agree I tried that other tutorial before I found yours and could not get my text from Xara to PS. It was saving it as an index file which was locked. In the other tutorial he does not explain how to export the file. Thanks for the tut, it has opened a new way of designing for me.

    0
    • zaka

      Monday, June 7th, 2010 21:29

      60

      Ya this is very much the best
      i have some more to share

      0
  • Murat Demir

    Friday, October 30th, 2009 01:13

    55

    The .psd files are missing. But great tuto anyway

    0
  • Tanhee

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009 19:52

    54

    Wow, i think i have some kind of special interest for anything related to 3d, games, animations, videos, films, and this is amazing, im trying it and will write the results here. Amazing and complete information dear colleage. Best wishes

    0
  • Michel

    Sunday, September 13th, 2009 19:26

    53

    I have downloaded the letters and tried to open them in Photoshop.
    By copy and paste them just like it is explained in the tutorial.
    But it didn’t worked.

    Can I use photoshop CS4 for this?

    Or is this not the right one?

    0
  • zenaire

    Monday, August 31st, 2009 12:04

    52

    Xara is new one of course but looking at your work I must need that. I will try the demo first of course. Thanks to them who introduce us to some amazing software..The thanks goes to you too..

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 13:30

    51

    @Rusli Zainal sure, just make sure you link to this page as original and give credits – then it will be okay.

    @Alex i didn’t understand you, maybe you need to use another font or you just didn’t check all settings carefully in xara 3d before exporting on PS?

    0
  • Rusli zainal

    Sunday, July 5th, 2009 16:09

    50

    Dainis, I am planning to translate this tutorial and publish it in my blog so will be benefits for other who dont speak english, I’ll let you know when translation is ready, and will ask your permission, thanks

    0
  • psdlovers

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 17:57

    48

    thanks for the tutorial…but can i share it on my site? ill give you full credits.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 23:43

      49

      @psdlovers sure thing, just don’t forget about linking and credits and I don’t think we’ll have any problems :)

      0
  • Gus Yehia

    Friday, May 22nd, 2009 15:26

    47

    reading and practising it, great work, mate

    Gus Yehias last blog post : Is sulumits retsambew an alien?

    0
  • Denise

    Friday, May 8th, 2009 23:24

    46

    this is so awesome TnQ so much…the best tut I’ve seen on this 3d font effect…great stuff!!!

    Denises last blog post : New Release day @PDW!!!

    0
  • zeta

    Friday, April 24th, 2009 05:21

    45

    You have nice writing skills!

    I enjoyed very much the use of shortcuts, every tutorial should be written that way.

    Very nice effect!
    please show me some more!!

    Zeta

    0
  • jose

    Friday, April 24th, 2009 00:24

    44

    hello thank you very much for tutorial

    but idon’t have photoshop i need to make the letters FPOC
    please if you do for me thank you thank you

    0
  • Lawrence77

    Friday, February 6th, 2009 00:10

    43

    hi friend,
    i think you remember me… :)

    There are lots of spam comments in your blog, try to stop that by anyone of the method!

    thanks..
    Lawrence . J

    0
  • Jene

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009 13:07

    42

    This is a great tutorial, step by step and explained well. There is nothing more frustrating than getting half way through a tutorial only to find you don’t understand something or there is a step missed. Thank you and I look forward to more tutorials from you.

    0
  • Kirsten

    Friday, January 23rd, 2009 07:54

    41

    Just so you know you’re out of bandwidth so I wasn’t able to download the 3d text file, but great tutorial nonetheless :) Thanks!

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 16:10

    40

    @Penske there is also option – Fit to width, and max font size 288pt to me. Maybe You did something wrong in export settings?

    You put file size to “Current windows size”, maybe you’ve got user defined size and it’s small, I can just guess too. Check out step 1.5.2.

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  • Penske

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 01:46

    39

    Yeah I did… it only let’s me go to 400%! Once I go that big then go back to photoshop, I get the same problem… it’s beating my brains out! I have no clue how to fix it or what’s wrong!

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  • Penske

    Monday, January 19th, 2009 08:05

    37

    I had a problem… after I saved the .PNG image I opened photoshop, new document, opened .PNG image, then tried to import it to the new document…unfortunately the letters came out real small on the new document… if I try to expand/resize the letter it’s really pixelated! What am I doing wrong or what can I do to correct this?

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Monday, January 19th, 2009 09:08

      38

      @Penske You should just create bigger letters while working still in XARA, just use bigger font size.

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  • Text Effect

    Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 20:35

    36

    very excellent keep it up ..

    Text Effects last blog post : 20+ Great Photoshop Text Effect Tutorial

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 21:18

    35

    @Htoo Tay Zar – nice outcome! Thanks for showing Your outcome :)

    @Dean Kennedy Thanks, I like easy transparency creation too in Xara 3D, also color settings are very interesting.

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  • Austin Shaffer

    Friday, November 28th, 2008 21:00

    34

    Jeroen’s words were a little harsh, but the point is, Dainis, your tutorial was inspired by Nik’s design. Perhaps a nod to him and his tutorial mentioned at the beginning would have be more appreciative of others’ artwork?

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  • Dean Kennedy

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 23:28

    33

    Great tutorial Dainis! Have been using Ulead’s 3D product, but have to remove background in Photoshop (not too hard to do, but I like that you can export transparent in Xara as you show). Cool brushes you pointed out too, thanks again!

    Now I’m off to check out your business cards post!

    Dean Kennedys last blog post : Rhythm of Three

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008 21:27

    32

    Oh, that’s really good :) Glad someone really downloaded Xara 3D :)

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  • Htoo Tay Zar

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008 12:00

    31

    I tried this tutorial last night. You can check my outcome here. Anyway, Thanks for tutorials.

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Thursday, October 30th, 2008 16:28

    30

    Thanks people for good words!

    @Jeroen before You start to yell about tutorial You could compare those tutorials and I mentioned Nik Ainley excellent pick of blending tools too, if You read carefully. I did and explained everything from Xara 3D until Photoshop, opposite to following tutorial. Enjoy!

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  • Jeroen

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 17:38

    29

    This tutorial is indeed nice. But the bad thing its almost completely stolen from a designer. I hate this crap.
    Why do u STEEL a tutorial and repost it with your own things? and dont give credits to the original tutorial. for all ppl who are interested in finding the original tutorial watch on
    http://www.shinybinary.com/

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  • HENNA

    Sunday, October 26th, 2008 19:06

    28

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. Well explained & easy to follow, thank you.

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  • Matthew

    Friday, October 17th, 2008 16:40

    27

    thank u r information

    it very useful

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  • paul

    Saturday, October 11th, 2008 17:32

    26

    yes I did solve it. apparently I forgot to name the file and it was doing nothing. spoke to soon, anyway thanks for the great post. I’m going to experiment on this for a while.

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, October 10th, 2008 17:01

    25

    Huh, so You solved the problem or I need to check it again???

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  • paul

    Friday, October 10th, 2008 14:57

    24

    I’m so stupid, I did forget to name the file. Sometimes i just wonder what this head is for? thanks

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  • paul

    Friday, October 10th, 2008 14:52

    23

    I’ve been trying to export that x3d file, and tryed to save it but it doesn’t work for me. I don’t get the export window as you do, it only shows a normal save as window and if i try to save this as PNG, JPG or any other format it doesnt work.”what the..”am supposed to do about this. anyone having a clue?

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, September 26th, 2008 14:35

    22

    You’re welcome :) Sure thing I will create some more :)

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  • R. Abimanyu Yusuf

    Friday, September 26th, 2008 14:11

    21

    Dainis Graveris, very much thanks bro…

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  • neljoy flores

    Friday, September 26th, 2008 12:59

    20

    thanks a lot… for a very nice tutorial… I hope you make more tutorial

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  • Jonathon

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008 23:07

    19

    @Dainis Graveris thankx.

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008 17:39

    18

    @Matthew Cheers! Hope You will learn something new too!

    @Jonathan I understand You, but in this case no matter which kind of curves You use, so I just found free vector swirly curls resources, You can grab from:
    http://www.deviantart.com/#catpath=resources/vector&order=9&q=swirls

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  • Jonathon

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008 16:42

    17

    I kind of figured that, but when doing a tutorial for the first time, I like to, follow exactly as possible. Does that make any sense? I mean, besides using paint shop pro, i would like to do exactly what you’re doing, substituting when necessary.

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  • Matthew Heidenreich

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008 03:56

    16

    Great tut, very detailed with a great outcome!

    Matthew Heidenreichs last blog post : Retro Dark Blue Header Design

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008 00:27

    15

    Jonathan actually those brushes I used are just for example – You can use any brush You want with this technique.

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Saturday, September 20th, 2008 15:36

    13

    @CoolProducts Thanks! You just need to try! If You can’t do something just ask!

    @Tay Zar Yeah, Nik Ainley’s designs are just amazing! Thanks!!! Good luck!

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  • NaldzGraphics

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 18:04

    12

    nice Dainis:) that tut is hot;)i like it.keep up the good work buddy!!!

    Ronald

    NaldzGraphicss last blog post : Create a Billiard Balls in Photoshop

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 19:35

    11

    @Janko Thanks! :)

    @Ronald I really appreciate Your words, I will :) You too keep up ,see you!!

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  • Janko

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 10:38

    10

    Very nice!

    Jankos last blog post : Turn postcard photo into a stunning comment form using CSS

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  • beets

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 05:51

    9

    Fantastic Dainis! Very well explained, and great result. :)

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  • Max | Design Shard

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 04:28

    8

    Really Nice Effect, good tutorial thanks.

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  • Ross

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 03:59

    7

    Nice tutorial Dainis, I’ve seen this kind of thing a few times before but I think yours is the best explained. Hopefully we’ll see some more tutorials from you soon :D

    ps. Nik Ainley has been Xara 3D’s best marketing tool ;)

    Rosss last blog post : Stylish Floral Typography

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  • Antonwoods

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 02:31

    6

    Thats your first tutorial Adelle? Thats quite impressive, i was expecting a normal photoshop begginner text effect for a first tutorial, but you have kind of made it much more complicated (in a good way) but anyways, amazing tutorial, their wasn’t one step in that guidance I never understood at all, very well explained. Hope to see more tutorials from you Adelle!

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  • adelle

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 02:21

    5

    great tut! That’s your first? Awesome! :)

    adelles last blog post : Inspire yourself with Graffiti Art

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 08:50

    4

    @Ross I really appreciate Your words! If there is so much good words, I will surely keep creating new tutorials :) I think Nik was one of the first who used this technique, totally agreed! :)

    @Max thanks for passing by! You’re welcome.

    @Jay thanks!! There surely will be more :)

    @beets again thanks for Your great words!

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  • Jay

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 05:14

    3

    Great tut Dainis. Nicely explained.
    Look forward to seeing a lot more =)

    Best of luck.

    ~Jay

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 02:42

    2

    @Antonwoods my apologies, but this is my first tutorial not Adelle’s..:) It’s hard to read if review is adressed to other person, but anyway I appreciate Your comment! :)

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, September 19th, 2008 02:30

    1

    @adelle totally, yes..:) Thanks! :)

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