The Perspective Grid, which has been around for a while, has been improved dramatically in the latest release of Illustrator CC. So much so, it gets my vote for most improved feature in Illustrator. Why do I like it so much? The objects that are drawn on a perspective grid and the grid itself are now connected. So if you need to change the perspective of your completed drawing, you just change the grid and the whole drawing updates to your new perspective.
In this tutorial, Daniel Bryant creates a 3D title effect using After Effects. He creates his title, then applies the shatter preset effect and tweaks the settings – calling a custom pattern to create 3D text. With the addition of a sky and cloud background, lens flare, and 3D camera, the animation becomes truly polished and professional.
When it comes to investing in Photoshop actions, I have three criteria: First, they have to do something substantially different than actions I already use; second, they need to allow me to customize their looks; and third, the actions should work synergistically, building on one another as part of a complete workflow solution.