Create a blank document of the desired size.
Type your text in black on a white background.
I used a pixel font (thus the cool X) but you can use any font you want.
You have to apply a bunch of layer styles (right click text layer and choose blending options):
You might to change some of the values to achieve a different outcome of the 3D text.
The text will look something like this now:
Right click the text layer and choose Rasterize.
Hit CTRL-T and choose Warp or Perspective and distort the text any way you want.
I used Warp and came up with this:
Alright, now hold down ALT and start pressing left and down repeatedly until you are satisfied with the 3D effect:
Click Image --> Flatten Image.
If you want to colorize your image hit CTRL-U and pick a nice color like this:
If you want the fiery color for you 3D Text do this:
Go to Image --> Mode --> Grayscale
then Image -->Mode --> Indexed Colors
and finally Image -->Mode --> Color Table and choose Black Body
There you go. your 3D text:
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