Logos in Photoshop
Bryan Gettman aka UNFLUX : 2 April 2004
Time to let out the big secret! I've been asked numerous
times how I was able to create a 3-D logo for a couple of my
sites, without using a 3-D program. Well NOW IS THE
This is so much easier than people make it out to be.
It's a few quick steps, and you're on your way. It's also
very flexible so you can build off of the original idea to
integrate it into your site design or digital art.
Here is an example of what we are going to create:
[ what the
final product will be ]
3-D Logo -
The following steps will explain how to create a 3-D logo
using only Photoshop.
Open Photoshop and start a new Image. Our
example uses a canvas size of 320x320. You can make it
any size you need, but I recommend starting fairly large
Make a new layer by going to the main menu
at the top, and select Layer/New Layer (or Ctrl+N). This
will be the layer we put your logo on.
Insert your logo in the middle of the
canvas, making sure it's on the New Layer, and not on the
[ logo ready
to go 3-D ]
For the highlights to
look correctly, it is important that you choose
black as the color to start your logo. If you have
a plain, black & white version of your logo, that
would work best for this effect. Using black gives
a more natural look to the highlights than starting
out in your desired color.
Once your logo is on the canvas and its
own layer, go to the Main Menu and select
Edit/Transform/Skew. Drag out the bottom corners to make
your image look similar to this, and hit ENTER to accept
[ use free
transform to skew the image ]
You can also right-click
on the logo itself and select Free Transform from
the popup menu. Then right-click again to select
the Skew option. This is a good shortcut a quite a
few menus in Photoshop.
Next, re-open the Free Transform Menu and
select Scale to reduce the height of the logo a little.
You want to squeeze it down to give it a little more
perspective, and once we've done the next few steps,
you'll get a better idea why. Make the image look like
this one, and hit ENTER to accept the changes:
down the image ]
Move your logo so it's in the middle of
the canvas by dragging it with the Move Tool
Now your image should look similar to mine:
[ logo with
some perspective ]
Now it's time to add some dimension and
shape to the logo, so we're going to add a slight emboss
to it. On the Main Menu, choose Filter/Stylize/Emboss.
Set the properties panel to something similar to this:
[ bevel and
emboss settings ]
After you apply the Emboss filter, your
image should look similar to this one:
[ logo with
bevel and emboss ]
The next page will continue from this step
and teach you some cool tricks also.