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How to create a 3D Alpha in Photoshop CC

Hello AnikA here with another tutorial for you,

I discovered a tutorial about 3 D Alphas or elements, not only that they looks like 3 D , they also looks kind of yummi. Yes really you will see !

So lets start:

1. Open a new document, size about 2560×1440 and transparent .This will be our sample document.

2. Create a new layer . Normally I don´ t give names to my layers, but this may end up in a mess. So feel free to give your layer another name.

3. Grab your elliptical marquee tool

hold on the SHIFT key and drag out a circle. The size doesn´t matter.

4. Grab the gradient tool

click in the color line and the gradient editor opens

The last used gradient will shown. But we make our own. We just need 2 colors, so if your gradient has more colors , like mine in the sample, delete the other color stops, by clicking on them and press delete. Delete all stops beside the first and the last. Make white on the left color stop and pink on the right.

5. Go to your circle and draw a line from the top to the bottom.

CTRL or CMD D to deselect

6. Create a new layer and we make another one, same steps like before(4-5). Choose your own color you want to make and you can change the gradient from linear to radial. Try it ! And by the way I renamed the layers with the round circles and have named them after the colors. You can create as much circles as you like, try different colors, different gradient options like linear , radial and so on. Drag the line from top to the bottom, from right to left, across. For every circle a new layer !

7. Go to the mixer brush tool

on the top change to :

Clean brush

Dry, heavy load

Wet 0 %, load 100 %

Make sure “sample all layers “ is checked

Choose a brush, hardness 100%, the brush size depends on your size of the circles. It has to cover the circle.

8. Hover over the circle hold ALT/Opt and left mouse click. Now we have sampled the pink circle.

9. Just to show you what we have done, paint somewhere on the layer (we will undo this step).

Cool isn´ t it?

Now lets make an alpha

1. Go to your type tool and write one letter. Make it big . It makes automatically a new layer

2. Right click on the type layer and choose “Create work path”

3. Go to path

double click on the path layer and name it “the letter you have choosen”

4. Go back to the layers panel and delete the type layer.

Now we have only the path

5. Create a new layer and rename it with your letter

6. Go to your mixer brush tool (see No 7 above). Hover over one of the circles ALT/OPT and click. Make the brush a little bit smaller. Open the brush panel. Make sure nothing is checked and spacing is 1 %. BUT you can always play with these settings and you will find some nice effects. But for now nothing checked, spacing 1 %.

7. Go again to path, right click on the layer and choose stroke path.

Choose “Mixer brush tool”

8. So you should now have a 3 D Alpha. Depend on what font you used and how big your brushwas, it looks good or not so.if you don´ t liket it, undo this the last step, go to the mixer brush tool and make your brush bigger or smaller

9. I tried it again with another Font and a smaller brush.

If you have a letter with much anchor points and it looks weird you can easily delete some of them. I will show it to you with the letter B

You can see B has a lot of these anchor points. Lets try how it will turns out.

Go to path, right click and stroke path. Choose mixer brush tool.

Not so nice. You can now go back to mixer brush tool and resize the brush but I want to show you another option to delete some of the anchor points.

Grab your direct selection tool. Left mouse click and drag over those anchor points you want to delete. And click your delete key.

Again go to path , right click, stroke path, mixer brush tool

Not perfect but much better

So now lets make a layout with this . I used the  Electric Youth Collection

First I loaded the electric youth color styles (they are free by the way) to have the exact colors for my letter.

1. Open a new document for your sample circle. On this document I make also 4 rectangles. Grab your rectangle tool and drag 4 small rectangles. Don´t worry about the size or symmetry. They are just a sample for the color picker. Go to your styles, select the first rectangle and choose a color. Go on with the other rectangles.

If you are done you have 4 or more exact color samples from the kit

2. Create a new layer. Grab your elliptical marquee tool, No 3 in the tutorial

3. Fill it with the gradient tool, No 4 – 5. At the gradient editor you can now choose the exact color from the kits by clicking on your rectangles.


If you are done, you should have a round circle with a gradient.

4. Go to your mixer brush tool No 7 – 8

5. Open a paper of your choice.

Important ! before you type your letter hide the background paper by clicking the eyeball. If you don´t do this your letter will have a line around, in the color of your background.

6. Go to your type tool and do all the steps from the Tutorial shown above.

7. In my example I used the word brushes: http://bit.ly/2tRWGyR and the word electric. Deleted the E and made an E with our technique.

8. Now you can start creating your page

pic from IngImage

So now lets make a layout with this . I used the electric youth collection: https://www.oscraps.com/shop/search.php?mode=search&page=1&keep_https=yes

First I loaded the electric youth color styles  (they are free by the way) to have the exact colors for my letter.

1. Open a new document for your sample circle. On this document I make also 4 rectangles. Grab your rectangle tool and drag 4 small rectangles. Don´t worry about the size or symmetry. They are just a sample for the color picker. Go to your styles, select the first rectangle and choose a color. Go on with the other rectangles.

If you are done you have 4 or more exact color samples from the kit

2. Create a new layer. Grab your elliptical marquee tool, No 3 in the tutorial

3. Fill it with the gradient tool, No 4 – 5. At the gradient editor you can now choose the exact color from the kits by clicking on your rectangles.


If you are done, you should have a round circle with a gradient.

4. Go to your mixer brush tool No 7 – 8

5. Open a paper of your choice.

Important ! before you type your letter hide the background paper by clicking the eyeball. If you don´t do this your letter will have a line around, in the color of your background.

6. Go to your type tool and do all the steps from the Tutorial shown above.

7. In my example I used the word brushes: http://bit.ly/2tRWGyR and the word electric. Deleted the E and made an E with our technique.

8. Now you can start creating your page

pic from IngImage

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