Don’t you just love those old superhero comic book covers? The early ones are really cool, especially the titles that were illustrated in a blocky 3D type effect. Follow along with today’s tutorial to reproduce a superhero comic book style text effect, similar to the original Superman title logo. We’ll lay out the text in Photoshop and generate a 3D appearance with some clever layering techniques, then bring the effect to life with bold colours and a halftone print effect.

How To Create a Superhero Comic Text Effect in Photoshop

The text effect we’ll be creating in this tutorial is based on the original Superman comic book covers. It features a blocky 3D appearance, distorted with a slight bend and coloured in bright red, blue and yellow. To complement the retro comic book look, an overlay of halftone dots helps adds some texture to the clean digital artwork to reflect the aesthetic of low quality comic book prints.

Begin by opening up Adobe Photoshop and create a new document. I’m working at 2000x1300px. Fill the background with a pale yellow colour, such as #edde8e.

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16 Comments

  1. Really good tutorial. Thank you! I also appreciate the fonts and other resources that you sell.

  2. As always, a terrific, easy to follow and very useful tutorial. Using the transform/repeat method for the 3D effect is a really neat trick.

  3. Finally a tutorial that properly explains the Super hero Text effect :) been wanting to try something like this in my comics for a while. Thank you so much, Chris! Huge fan.

  4. Chris, you are a godsend. Though there are a plethora of ways to receive design tips and tutorials these days, yours seem to come at just the right time (hats off for the intuitive sense) and the waste-no-time instruction allows for one to grasp the workflow, then go back and really learn the tools and processes. I am a part-time, semi-professional designer without formal training… and I couldn’t be more appreciative of all you offer and the way that you do so.

    Many, many thanks!

    • oops, meant to post this to the “rocket ship” video tutorial… I’ll repost it there. Same goes!

  5. Hey, Chris
    Thanks for sharing the detailed tutorial. I follow your blogs on regular basis. You have made very informative blogs on every topic. Thanks for providing such an amazing guides.
    Waiting for many more to read

  6. Great result! Why did you go with creating lots of copies instead of just using the blend tool or the 3D extrude tool?

    • You could use the Blend or 3D Extrude in Illustrator, but this step+repeat technique is the easiest in Photoshop. You could also use Photoshop’s 3D tool for more realism, but it takes a while to render

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