Expanding 3D Text Effect With Photoshop. In this tutorial I’ll be instructing you on how to make a war themed 3D type explosion text effect with Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended. This is the advanced level tutorial so some steps could be a little tricky, but in case you have your basics down and you’ve copy of Photoshop CS5 Extended you must do fine.
Create a new document that has a resolution of 1280*720, Then paint the background black.
Create a new layer called “clouds” and set your background color to gray (#898989) and the foreground to black. Go to Filter > Render > Clouds and create some clouds. Then go to Images > Adjustments > Levels and change the input level and output level until you make the clouds neither too dark nor too light.
Now create your text and go to 3D > Repousse > Text Layer. Set your Depth to .30 and your scale to 1.
Then use the Rotate tool at the top left to rotate your text to the right. Then click OK
Go to your 3D panel and select the Lights option. Create a new spot light and set the Intensity to 2. Then use the 3D light rotate and pan tool to position the spot light so that it is shining on the front side of your text.