Channels to create 3D effects Tutorial in Adobe Photoshop

In this Photoshop Tutorial we will learn about creating the 3D look using channels. By creating a bump map and transfering it to an alpha channel, unexpected results can follow.

In this Photoshop Tutorial
we will learn about creating the 3D look using channels. By creating a bump
map and transfering it to an alpha channel, unexpected results can follow.

Step 1

Create text on new layer 1. and rasterize – PC right click on name in
layers pallette/Mac-Cmd Click >rasterize

Step 2

Make new layer 2. and using rectangular marquee tool make a box around
the text.
Deselect – Cmd/Ctrl +D

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Step 3

Fill the new box with white.
While layer 2 still active, Ctrl/Cmd click on layer 1 thumbnail.

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Step 4

press del, should look like this

Step 5

hide layer 1 and Ctrl/Cmd click on layer 2.This is the image we are going
to make 3d.
You could start at this point with any image as long as it is on a layer
and filled with white.

Step 6

Click
on the new channel button in the Channels Pallete. Alpha 1 will apper.
fill your selection with white, it should resemble the image shown.

Step 7

Deselct and go to Filters>Blur>Gaussian blur. The higher you make
the blur the more your image will be bevelled.

Click on the rgb channel at the to of the pallette.

Step 8

Go back to the layers pallete and select your image layer

Step 9

Here is where the magic happens. Filter>Render>Lighting effects.

Use the settings here or play around with your own.

Click on texture channel and load Alpha 1. I deselected the white it
high for this example.

Click on the color picker to give your light some color. We used purple.

Step 10

Click ok and say “wow.” The finished result. I put a drop shadow
and a blue gradient in the background for coolness sake.

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