Free 3D Text PSD

Here's something I made on a lazy sunday afternoon. I was going to throw it in the recycle bin, but figured you candy lovin' bunch may want a bite.

I was simply messing around in Photoshop yesterday with this. It wasn’t intended as a freebie resource (and probably isn’t good enough to be one), however I figured some may find it useful to dig into.

There are a plethora of ways to make 3D text in Photoshop. You can use Photoshop’s now rather powerful 3D tools, clever layer styles or smart objects that layer over the top of one another.

In this PSD I’ve used the third option: smart objects. Using smart objects for 3D effects does make it slightly more difficult to transfer elements between projects, but they can yield deeper and more realistic 3D effects.

Some of you may notice the background of this PSD has been made using our folded paper textures and halftone dot patterns.

There are 2 different 3D text styles in this PSD, each with a flat-ish retro-ish appearance to them.

You will need two fonts for this file:

How to use this freebie (and edit a Smart Object):

First, make sure you have installed the fonts I have just mentioned and linked you to above.

Ok, the text in this PSD is made from Smart objects and some of you may not know how to use Smart Objects.

The reason I am sharing this PSD is not because of the quality of the asset (because it isn’t really), but so newbies can dig into the smart object layers and see how the effect is made.

So, to edit the text –

  1. Open up the PSD in Photoshop and find the layers called “Edit me”. I’ve marked them in green. You’ll need to open up the layer folders to find them.
  2. You’ll notice there is a little icon on the thumbnail of the “Edit me” layers. That’s because they’re a Smart Object layer. Smart objects are often linked to multiple other smart object layers, so when you edit one, they will all update.
  3. Double click on the little icon you see on the layer thumbnail, OR right-click on the “Edit me” layer and select “Edit Contents”.
  4. A new window will open containing editable text. In this new window, change the text to whatever you want. Make sure your text fits inside the canvas or it will look strange when complete.
  5. Once you have changed the text, hit save. You can do this by going to File ›› Save, or by clicking Cntrl+S
    (Cmd+S for Mac).
  6. Once saved, close the window. You’ll now see that the 3D text has changed to the text you entered in the Smart object window! Wahoo!


Free 3D Text PSD Preview:

3D Text PSD



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Hi I'm Adam, the DesignerCandies founder. Here are a few phrases that describe me best:
Graphic designer. Photoshop aficionado. Full-time Blogger. Beer lover. Coffee enthusiast. Blighty hailer.
  • Ahmet Hamdi Turker

    i don’t see any edit here tags or folders in this file is this the right file

    • Adam McIntyre

      They are Smart Object layers. Right click the layers I’ve highlighted and select “Edit Contents”

      A new window will open. In this window you can edit the text.

      Once you’ve edited the text, click save and close the window.

      The changes you made will appear in the main document 🙂

      • Ahmet Hamdi Turker

        I got it thanks…Are you with the flyer hero?

        • Adam McIntyre

          Yup, that’s me 🙂

  • ppyli

    I’m only a beginner and still using GIMP, so there are a lot of things that say photoshop can they also be use on GIMP? Thank you.

    • Adam McIntyre

      I’m not sure. This PSD uses Smart Objects, which I would assume is not compatible with Gimp.

    • Yes you are right ppyli, If possible then check this

  • suruha

    Thank you, Adam! Very cool!

  • gez

    V cool thanks.

  • Thanks for the great share
    Blessings Janet

    • Adam McIntyre

      You’re welcome!

  • JumpBiest

    Hi Adam,

    I’m a beginner and I use the web-App Pixlr Editor (,
    it works with Layers and can also work with most PSD-files…
    Is “Smart Objects” only compatible with Photoshop??
    Thank you

    • Adam McIntyre

      I would assume that Smart Objects are a Photoshop-thang

  • Monika Grafika

    Awesome Freebie! I am following!!! 😀

  • hguhf


    nice job

  • Adam thank you for your valuable share.

    • Adam McIntyre

      You’re very welcome @angelinaveronica:disqus – don’t forget to check out the new text PSD I posted yesterday 🙂

  • Andre

    Hi Adam. Appreciate your work. One question – in the section of “Candy” >Shadow I notice multiple shadow layers which seem to have no effect apart from the 1st one above. Are they really necessary? I tried to hide them and it seems to do nothing. Thanks

  • Shruti Shah

    Fabulous text effect !! Thank you so much…by any chance you have online tutorials ??

  • Creative 3d. I download 2 and try to implement.

  • I love freebies. Thanks for sharing the PSD file.

  • I love 3D text. Thanks for sharing the eye-catchy 3D text PSD resource.