Create a Fun Floral 3D Text Design

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In this tutorial I will show you how to create a lovely floral style 3D text effect using only Photoshop and Illustrator. The idea is to add the elements we like while keeping the design subtle, pleasing to the eye, and having some fun along the way.

We’ll be using Illustrator for the 3D effect because it’s more user friendly than other 3D programs like 3ds Max, and it can do an equally good job for what we require.


If you’re following along, you’ll want to grab these resources.

Thanks to the artists who provided these. Please remember to follow their rules and credit them where it is appropriate. Let’s get started.

Step 1

To start, create a new document sized at 1200 x 770, and fill the canvas with a radial gradient that goes from #a1dbff to #f0f9ff, transitioning from dark in the center to light at the edges.

Step 2

Download this font, Levenim MT Bold. Load the font, then open up Illustrator, and type out ‘MYINKBLOG’.

Step 3

In Illustrator, select the text and choose effect 3D, extrude and bevel. Proceed by choosing the settings shown below. At this stage it is a good idea to play with the different 3D settings and see what results you like, but for now the following are a good selection.

Step 4

Copy and paste the text into your Photoshop document as a smart object, this allows you to resize the text as much as you like without losing quality.

Step 5

The next step is my favorite part, we need to cut out the faces of the letters with the pen tool. Make sure you save your path, and cut out the letters on the same work path too. Now select the faces of the letters, inverse the selection, and  fill them with a gradient from #ffd24e to #ecb207, leave the gradient defaults as they are. Finally, add a stroke of yellow set to 2 pixels and an opacity of 38%. These will blend in subtly with the addition of other elements.

Step 6

Select the text , Ctrl + Shift + D should reselect it, fill with any color and reduce the fill to zero. Then, add an outer glow set to white  with the settings shown below. This will add a nice glow to the edges of the text, subtly increasing the overall energy.

Step 7

Download this flower pack, I used 7 on the right, and 8 on the left. Arrange them to face upwards on one side and down on the other, so they balance each other. Change the blend mode to multiply to eliminate the white areas.

Step 8

Next download nebula 1, 2 and 3. Place them into your document and change the blend mode to either hard light or screen and lower the opacity to around 30%. As you can see it’s a delicate effect. If it needs further reducing, add a layer mask and brush over areas so the whole image blends in better.

Step 9

Download this image of an elephant, and extract it. Place the extracted elephant in the image, underneath the nebula, and the text layers. Reduce the size to approximately twice the height of the letters.

Step 10

Now, for the flowery part download these amazing brushes. Using the first brush in the pack make a shape on the top left hand side. Here we can see the composition really beginning to take effect, keeping the design simple and refined.

Step 11

Now, we’ll add a gradient overlay. Double click the layer to get to the layer styles, and use a light pastel green gradient. We use a layer style because it’s a lot easier to change at a later stage.

Step 12

Continue adding floral elements until you are pleased with the look, just remember less really is more, and subtle is more effective than having too many patterns. The gradients and the positioning of the flowers give the peaceful sense of movement.

Step 13

Download this image of a parrot. Then extract it using your favorite extraction method and paste it into the composition. Next, add some adjustment layers with the follow settings.

Step 14

Add a butterfly or two with these brushes. You can continue to add additional butterflies, or other creatures, just be sure to keep it simple.

Step 15

Add another layer, select the text, and add an outer glow with the following settings, remember to reduce the fill to “0”.

In Conclusion

This is a good tutorial to practice combining elements to create a well-rounded composition. You should now have a firm understanding of 3D text, and how to blend objects together in Photoshop.

About the Author

Ben Rama is a freelance graphic designer and digital artist . He founded and maintains Digital Art Empire. He is totally passionate about design . Find Ben on Twitter

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  • SJL Website Design

    Awesome tutorial, pretty funky!! Can’t wait to try it.

  • BebopDesigner

    Great tut! The result looks really cool. Thanks for sharing

  • No Thanks

    Do you mean this serious? Never seen such a crappy tutorial here…cmon!

  • Hillary

    I have to be honest here, and true to myself, this isn’t very good. I am surprised becasue I usually really enjoy your posts. This doesn’t seem like anything I would want to try, and there is no “POP” factor to it. But at least you made it, and I hope tried your best, which is what matters. :)

  • keychains

    Funny design,
    Thanks anyway

  • Agence web

    Nice tutorial, thanks ;)

  • Tutorial Lounge

    beautiful floral text effect, you sharing easy steps for learn about some useful techniques.

  • Ben Rama

    thankyou all for your feedback , your critiques are very useful so I know how to improve for next time ; I’ll definitely listen to your suggestions and aim for the “POP” factor –
    : )

  • Mike

    Great work, nice effect and inspire us to have more creativity in our work

  • Market Harborough Magazine

    Great tutorial always nice to see fresh new techniques of other designers

  • yulianti

    so coolllll :D


  • utari

    nice tutorial, thanks for sharing about design!!

  • hendro

    cool tutorial i guess..
    i never found like this before..
    kepp sharing…

  • ardhan

    wow, cool… tx for sharing

  • Rufino

    Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial. The idea of mixing pictures of an elephant and a parrot to sketch of flowers and an abstract background is really cool.

  • PsdDude

    Interesting idea but the 3d effect is not very visible to big difference between the bright orange and the light gray … thanks for sharing!

  • white

    good effect ,i like it

  • Designer’s Digest

    The other tutorials on this blog are better then this one. I hope you will come up with something interesting like drawing a funny cartoons something like that :D

  • technology review

    The tutorial on floral 3d text design is really good

  • designer sarees

    Really nice tutorial
    i just make my design i will show demo as soon as possible
    thanks you

  • Tony

    Been a few nagative comments here, I’m not much of a graphics man but thought the tutorial was really good and nice effects!

  • sarah

    I was pretty excited to do this tutorial, but you explanations are easy enough to fallow unless your some photoshop wiz…pretty disappointed