Step 5: Add Your Text To The Document With our font and text color selected, click inside the document and add your text. I’m going to type «PHOTOSHOP», all in capital letters to enhance the effect. Photoshop applies the black to white gradient to the merged layer, creating a shadow effect on the letters and completing our simple 3D text effect: The final 3D text effect. Step 4: Choose A Color For Your Text Next, we need to choose a color for our text. If you look further to the right in the Options Bar, you’ll see a color swatch. Here, we will use Photoshop, Illustrator, and Cinema 4D to create a stunning nightclub themed 3D composite. The use of 3D type is an increasing trend in design today. In this tutorial, we will teach you the basics of creating polished 3D type using Illustrator and Photoshop.