With Photoshop, a few 3D skills and some creativity you can create amazing text effects that are useful in may types of design. In this post tripwire magazine have collected all the best tutorials to help you learn creating awesome 3D text effects. There are several different types of effects each showcased with the expected result you will be able produce when following the tutorials. Hopefully you can find some new tricks to learn or just be inspired.
This is tutorial is a good start as it shows you how to work in Xara 3D and give letters a 3d effect. Then it show you how to export from Xara 3D and get the text into Photoshop to do the final retouching.
3D Text Effect in Photoshop (video)