Photoshop Text Techniques: Transformers - Really Cool Layering with Photoshop (Page 2 of 2 )
Now I’d like you to take a moment and see how this is progressing. Neat, huh? Here’s where we get into the 3-D stuff, which starts by merging the four bottom layers of the 3D set. Click-Shift-Drag from the second layer from the top, down to the very bottom layer of the text. Once selected, hit (Mac) Command-E or (PC: Ctrl-E) to merge the selected layers.
Once you’ve done that, we’re going to remove the Bevel and Emboss layer on the top text layer. Mack users hit Ctrl-Click; PC users do a right click. At this point, you can also change the name of the layers to avoid confusion. For example, you can use "TRANSFORMERS Top" for the primary layer and "TRANSFORMERS 3D" for the bottom layer.
Now, it gets really cool from this point out, so pay attention. Select the "TRANSFORMERS Top" layer. We’re going to apply a series of five layer effects that’s going to give it that cool metallic marble look. Apply them in this order and you’ll be fine. The captions have notations for anything specific that needs to be done. Right click the layer name and apply these five effects. Once finished, click OK and see what you think.
Once you’ve finished applying the following styles and clicked OK, this is how it should look. How cool is that?
Now as you can tell, some of the edges on the 3-D effect look a little bright. Here’s the solution to that. Click and highlight the "TRANSFORMERS 3D" layer. Once selected, you can bring up the Levels dialog box. (Mac: Control-L; PC: Ctrl-L). Drag the left hand slider towards the center until those edges that look too hot start to tone down a bit.
Finally, we have something really slick to look at. If you want to add that final little bit of pizzazz, you can do this pond reflect. First, you need to merge both layers. Flip them (Toolbar-Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical). Under the Layers tab, drop the opacity down to something 35 – 30%. Then add a simple gradient mask (Layers > Blending Options > Gradient Overlay) and voila! You now know how to bling up your text Hollywood style. Stay tuned for more tutorials.
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