Craig Minchington – aka Adora – is a digital artist based in Bristol. He’s been making things light up and shine since Photoshop CS3. He took part in See No Evil & Desktopography 2012, and has also worked on projects for Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Krispy Kreme as part of Epoch Design. 

In this tutorial, 3D artist and illustrator Craig Minchington demonstrates how to create elegant 3D type without using a CG suite such as Cinema 4D or Maya. Instead, he’ll use the 3D tools in the Extended version of Photoshop CS6.

Craig notes that although previous versions of Photoshop included 3D tools, these were awkward and lacking in their capabilities. “3D users in previous versions must shudder at the thought of the word ‘Repoussé’,” he explains.

However, Adobe has really stepped up its game with CS6’s new 3D tools, which add many features, a clear workflow and improved usability. These new features allow you to really experiment with an object’s material and have full control of a scene’s lighting using spotlights, point lights and Craig’s personal favourite, image?based lighting (IBL).

IBL is an advanced 3D technique, where lighting from a real-world scene is captured and saved as an image. This is then projected between the camera and elements in your scene to make it appear that your scene has the same lighting. It’s an efficient way to produce lighting effects that not only render quickly, but look realistic too.

Follow along as Craig shows you how to generate 3D text and apply realistic materials and lighting, finally adding some adjustment layers to bring the piece together.

Time to complete 

3 hours


Photoshop CS6 Extended


Files for this tutorial are downloadable from here

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