Create a new document (Cmd+N).
And fill the document with black using the Paintbucket Tool ().
This is the document where all the magic is going to happen.
Now let's make some 3d text we're going to play with.
I'll be using Adobe Illustrator in this tutorial, but feel free too use any other 3D program where you can make your 3D text in.
Open Illustrator, create a new (web)document.
Select the Type Tool () in your Toolbar. Select a font you want to use. I've used Bebas Neue for this tutorial.
Now write the first letter of the word you're going to use. Make sure it's not black, else you won't see the 3D effect when applied.
I've used '#E2E2E2'.
Now go to [Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel...]
I've applied these setting but feel free to mess around with it. When satisfied hit 'OK'.
First letter is done! Now repeat Step 2 for every letter.
You want to do all the letters seperate instead of all in one time because we want to give each letter his own 3D settings instead of giving the whole word the same 3D look.
So for each letter you mess around with the Extrude & Bevel Settings (you can simply grab the square and drag it around).
Step 4. (Optional)
We're almost done in Illustrator. This step is optional but gives a cool effect we might want to use later.
Select all the letters and duplicate them (Copy + Paste).
Select 1 letter and go to [Window > Appearance] and click on '3D Extrude & Bevel'.
This will open the Extrude & Bevel window.
Set the surface to 'Wireframe' at the bottom of the window.
Apply this for every letter.
When done, copy paste or drag both text seperate to the Photoshop document we've created earlier.
Select the solid 3d Text layer (not the wireframe one) and give it some colours using any method you like.
I will be using 'Gradient Overlay' in the blending options of the layer (Rightclick > Blending Options... on the layer)
Step 6 (Optional)
Select the wireframe text and place it exactly on top of the Solid Text. Go to Blending options and apply some Gradient Overlay.
I've used Black > White, but you can apply any colour you want on it.
This gives just a little more effect and detail to the text.
Duplicate the wireframe layer (Cmd+J) and Transform (Cmd+T) it bigger and place it anywhere you like on the image and give them a colour of choice.
Select your solid text layer, duplicate it (Cmd+J) and place it underneat the original layer.
Now go to [Filter > Blur > Motion Blur]
Looks pretty neat already! Let's apply some more effect to make it look even more 3d.
Download 3d Explosion and Dust brushes (by WeGraphics)
Create a new layer [Cmd+Shift+N] and select a 3d explosion brush that you would like to use.
Just click once in the screen, resize it if you have to and put the layer behind all the text layers.
Give it some colour using any technique you want (I've used blending options > Gradient Overlay)
Now add some dust. Repeat the same steps as we did with the 3d explosion.
Create New Layer > Use Dust brush > Place it behind all the text layers > Colour it.
Add some finishing touches like Lens Flare (Filter > Render > Lens Flare) to the image and you're all set!