If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then we’ve got a mouth-watering treat for you. In this tutorial we will show you how Photoshop CS6 Extended’s new 3D tools can be utilized to create a typographic illustration. We will also use plenty of free stock images and make full use of Photoshop’s non-destructive features, such as Adjustment Layers and Masks. Let’s get started!
This tutorial was originally published in May 2012 as a Tuts+ Premium tutorial. It is now available free to view. Although this tutorial does not use the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, its techniques and process are still relevant.
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Repeat this until each word is complete, then place each character clearly labelled in a separate word folder as shown.
Transform/position over the letter, then Control-Click the corresponding text layer to generate a layer-based selection. Ensure your new layer is targeted, then click on the Add layer mask icon located at the foot of the Layers tab.
Add this as a top layer called “Texture 1” and Resize/Position over the second letterform. Reduce the Opacity to 32%, then use a selection from its corresponding type layer to create a mask.
Extract and add a cake image as a New Layer and name it “Texture 1”. Use the same masking technique so only the extruded areas are visible, then reduce the Opacity to 90%.
Now Clip two adjustments to this layer: Levels and Color Balance with the following settings. Place these layers within a Group folder called “LETTER O2”.
The existing strawberry less than photogenic, luckily this is easy to fix. Open a strawberyy image and use the same Selection/Refine Edge workflow to extract it. Delete/Apply the mask, then add as a New Layer and Resize, Position over the hand.
At this stage you may want to clip some more adjustments to the “Hand” and “Strawberry” layers so they sit more comfortably in the composition.
Add a New Layer in Multiply Mode at the bottom of the stack within the same folder. Now Fill selections from all your drips and crumb with dark brown. Transform as shown, then apply the same blurring and noise as you did at the start of the tutorial for the main shadow. Finally, reduce the Opacity to 90% and Mask with some black to transparent gradients.
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