After FX Tutorials : 3D Pipes
Here is my tutorial for creating vertical or horizontal 3D chrome pipes for
additional detail. You will need a special
chrome bar gradient which can be downloaded below to create the pipes. Be sure
to save your gradient setup before you load any gradient files.
You will first need to set the colors for the gradient. A dark and light color
must be set for the foreground and background color. The gradient setup on the gradient options must appear
similar to fig. 02A. Swith the colors if the darker color choosen appears on the center of the gradient.
Create a rectangular selection using the rectangular marquee tool after setting the gradient(fig. 02B).
With the selection still loaded, apply the gradient starting from the top of the selection to the bottom or vice versa. The result should be similar
to fig. 3. My bar is currently colored chrome grey since I used black and light grey for the initial colors.
To apply color to my bar, I used IMAGE > ADJUST > VARIATIONS. You can skip
this part if you have selected the desired color for the bar on the first part of the
You can then add the additional effects for the bar. These bars don't appear too good as a stand alone
and I suggest you use two or more effects as I did with the versions below.
Figure 05 Pipe with INSET LINES and FADED TEXT
Figure 06 Pipe with VERTICAL LINES