Learn how to create a 3D brick typography in Photoshop using a free 3D action maker. We will combine the brick text effect with different images to create a surreal photo manipulation. I am waiting to see your results; you can use other textures like wood for example to create your own interesting text effects.
Add a Gradient Overlay to this Cracked Ground Layer.
In a new layer behind the open this Cracked Ground Layer Clouds Sky stock image. To blend the sky with the ground add a layer mask to the Cracked Ground Layer to make the transition smooth between the two images. Use the Gradient Tool inside the layer mask (use a black to white gradient).
In this new PSD file use the Type Tool to write a text using Ligurino font. You can download it from the internet and install the font in Photoshop.
Press CTRL and click on the Text Layer thumbnail to make a selection. Go to Select>Modify>Expand and set 13 pixels.
Go to the Brick Texture Layer and press CTRL+J to make a Layer via Copy. Call this layer Brick Text and remove all the other layers from this new PSD file.
Use the Lasso Tool to make selections around the edges to add a distressed look to the brick text.
Make a selection out of the Brick Text Layer and use the Clone Stamp Tool to add brick texture to the "D letter".
Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to the Brick Text.
Merge the Brick Text Layer and the Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer. Download this 3D action generator and install it in Photoshop. Play the action for the Brick Text Layer; you should obtain a similar result.
As you can see you have three groups and a background layer. Delete the shadow (actions4photoshop.com) Group and also the Background Layer.
Go to Layer>layer Style>Global Light and make these settings; you will see thtat the shading and lighting of the text changes. Group all the brick text layers and groups in one single group called Brick Text Group and move it to the initial PSD file.
Add a soft shadow effect below the Brick Text using the Brush Tool, a soft round brush and color black. Lower the opacity to make it look natural. Also you have to cast a shadow for the brick text to make it look like it is standing on the cracked ground
Now I will add a window to the brick text to look like a house. Simply select and place the window, resize to fit and adjust the color/saturation/brightness.
Add a Inner Shadow and a Inner Glow for the window to look more realistic.
In a similar way add a door; crop, resize, adjust, add layer styles.
Combine the dead tree with this green tree PNG stock image. Leave only half of the tree with leafs. Use the Eraser Tool with a distressed brush to delete some aresa like shown in the image.
The ladder casts a shadow on the "S letter" so you have to create the shadow. Duplicate the Ladder Layer, make it black and distort it like in the image. LOwer the opacity to 50%.
Use the Eraser Tool to delete the shadow areas that exceeds the Brick Text Group like shown in the image.
For creating a cool effect I have added this beautiful falling leaves PNG stock image. Don't forget to also add shadow effect for the leaves on all the solid objects(brick text, ground, etc)
I gathered all the existing layers(except the Cracked Ground and the Sky Clouds layers) and put them inside a smart object. Add a Gradient Overlay to the smart object.
I have decide to also add a sad looking girl outside the brick text house. Remove the background of the girl photo and add some layer styles to add light and shading
Add a cast shadow effect for the girl.
For the final touches you can add more leafs around the girl, you can add a Gradient Map adjustment layer to colorize the photo, you can reduce/increase the Hue/Saturation, you can use the High Pass filter to increase the sharpness. If you want to add a grunge effect use one of these old paper textures and set the blend mode to Overlay opacity to around 50%.