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3D Wood Photoshop Text Effect
Tutorials Text Effects 28826 Views November 23rd, 2012

Learn how to create an amazing 3D wood typography inspired by one of the great typography effects created by David McLeod This effect looks great only with wood texture or by adding color like I did in the final image preview. You can experiment with different textures and font types to create interesting and unique wood text effects. For creating the 3D effect you might want to try my 3D generator Photoshop action.


In this quick tutorial I will show you how to create a pencil wood inspired 3D text effect in Photoshop using wood texture and some simple tricks for the 3D effect.

First we have to copy this wood grain texture into our Photoshop file. Call this layer Wood Texture. In a new layer write a text using the Gautami font type. If you don't have it you can use another one but you must find a simple and clean line font type. Call this layer Text Layer.

Tip for Beginners!:If you want to load a new font in Photoshop learn how to do it from this tutorial - Install Font in Photoshop

Press CTRL and click on the Text Layer thumbnail to make a selection. Return to the Wood Texture layer and press CTRL and J to make a layer via copy. Call this new texturized layer Wood Text.

If you don't have CS6 than the 3D effect can be obtained using a little trick. Duplicate the Wood Text layer 30 times (press CTRL+J) to speed up the process.

Move the Wood Text copy 30 two times up and two times right with the SHIFT key pressed.

Pick the Move Tool and select all the Wood Text Layers. Press on the Distribute horizontal centers and the Distribute vertical centers buttons.

Select all the Wood Text Layers except the Wood Text copy 30 and merge them. Call this layer 3D Wood Layer and add the following layer styles to the Wood Text copy 30 layer.

Your 3D wood text letter should now look like this.

Return to the 3D Wood Layer and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to make selections like in the image. Use the Burn Tool to add light/shadow effects.

I will now use the Lasso Tool to make some irregular selections to create a peeled paint effect and apply the selections as layer mask for the Wood Text copy 30.

To make the wood effect look even better I have added the wood texture in front of all the other layers and apply some adjustment layers like shown in the image. First I will completly desaturate the texture.

Now mask the Wood Texture Front layer using the Wood Text copy 30 layer selection. Change the blend mode of the texture to Overlay. You should obtain a similar result.

To make the text look realistic we'll have to add a drop shadow effect and a 3D reflection that is a little different from the usual reflection made for the 2D objects. Here are some tutorials that show you how to create a 3D reflection in Photoshop. To make a #d reflection for this text you have to Flip Vertical the Wood Layers before creating the 3D effect. Follow all the steps and in the end merge the layers and add a simple mask effect like in this reflection tutorial for beginners.

Here is the final result for the 3D wood text in Photoshop.

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10 comment(s) for "3D Wood Photoshop Text Effect"

7:20 AM Monday, January 28, 2013
Thanks for the tutorial! I like the effect. reply
7:26 AM Monday, January 28, 2013
Wow, I like it :) as a suggestion you should define the shadow and light areas better for the wood text and also add a 3D reflection reply
1:12 AM Thursday, February 07, 2013
3D Wood Text in Photoshop made by svladi ( reply
1:12 AM Thursday, February 07, 2013
Wood Peeled Typography made by baleva ( reply
1:12 AM Thursday, February 07, 2013
Here is another great wood typography result
made by vov@n555 (

2:06 AM Monday, February 11, 2013
Amazing wooden letters text effect on a wood toys shelf made by Elena (
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Another great tutorial on how to use Cinema 4D to create a wooden 3D text effect and then how to use Photoshop to add the final touches. reply
3:16 AM Monday, May 09, 2016
Many thanks! I want to congratulate you on your amazing tutorials! reply
7:31 AM Saturday, October 01, 2016
Hi, I love the look of this and would like to be able to do it, but I got totally stuck at step 3 in part two..could you show a screen shot of how to "apply the selections as layer mask" and also how to do this again in step 5.
Thanks! reply
7:34 AM Saturday, October 01, 2016
After you make the selection part all you have to do is to click on the "Add layer mask" button as shown in the screenshot.


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