Published on December 16, 2022

Create a 3D sphere text effect

In this blog I will show you how to create a 3D sphere with your text on it in Adobe Photoshop!

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Step 1: Create text

Create a new file. It doesn’t matter what size this file is. Also pick a background color while creating the file.

Then select the horizontal type tool. Pick a font and text color and type the first line of your text.

When you’re done with that, click on the ✓ icon and then press CTRL+T to activate free transform. Resize the text so it fits, then place it at the top.

Create first text line

After you did that, click on the ✓ icon again. The horizontal type tool should still be selected (if not, select it again).

Select the entire text line (press CTRL+A), copy it (CTRL+C) and paste it (CTRL+V) until you’ve filled the entire surface.

To place the text lines closer together or further apart, you can adjust the leading. Select the entire text (CTRL+A) and change the leading to make the text fit.

Tip: If you click on the number next to the leading icon, you can use your arrow up and down keys to adjust the amount. If you can’t find the right amount to make it fit, you can also type in the amount (by adding ,5 for example).

Create text

If you want to move the text to place it in the middle, you can use the move tool to do that.

Step 2: Sphere text effect

Select the text layer. Navigate to ‘3D > New mesh from layer > Mesh preset > Sphere‘.

You now have a globe with the text on it, but it isn’t transparent. To fix that, select 3D (next to layers).


Then select ‘Sphere_Material‘ and select the base color (click on the color box next to it). Lower the intensity to -20 stops.

Part of the sphere has a shadow over it. To remove that shadow, you can increase the glow.

Adjust sphere

If you like the sphere like this, you’re done now. You can also rotate and move the sphere though.

To do that, select ‘scene‘. Next to 3D mode you’ll see 5 icons. I’ll explain what these icons are for (from left to right):

  • First icon = to orbit the sphere.
  • Second icon = to roll the sphere.
  • Third icon = to pan (move) the sphere.
  • Fourth icon = to slide the sphere.
  • Fifth icon = to zoom (adjust the size of the sphere).

Adjust the sphere until you’re happy with the way it looks!

3D mode

And that’s how you create this 3D sphere (or globe / orb) with your text on it in Adobe Photoshop!

Sphere text effect

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