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3D Text / Cut Out

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Start out with an simple pattern.

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Type in whatever you want.

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Fill in that text with the same pattern you used for the background. You can't see it here but its there.

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Now, while the text is selected, create a drop shadow.

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Use these settings, or tweak them and experiment.

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And there's the shadow you just made.

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Move the shadow up so that its just a little below the original text.

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Copy and paste that shadow, then make it negative.

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Send that white shadow to the back while keeping it a little higher than the original text and there you have it!