I have a client that currently has a logo with a 3D effect behind the words. The 3D effect looks like a steel I Beam. They are changing the name of their company and want the same effect behind the new name. How do I create this? I've attached a file with the original effect next to the new effect that I was able to create. I have researched the internet to no avail.
...A steel I-Beam looks like, well an "I". You're using a lowercase "L."
If they don't care that its an I-Beam or just kinda look like steel beams in general than using Capital letters will probably be your best option. Serif fonts could also help:
That was done in about 2 seconds right in Photoshop CC2015 with the
New 3D Extrusion from Selected Layer option.
You could do the same in Illustrator. And then fine tune it however you want with gradients and such.
But your first issue is trying to make a flat bar (lowercase L) look like a steel beam.