>Well, Blade Pro is awesome... I wholeheartedly reccomend it. Also,
>although we're talking a full blown piece of software that may be more
>than you're looking for, Painter 5 is great and has some very nice
>built-in texture/surface (and even 'glass') tools that can produce a
>remarkable variety of 3D looking effects. Please note I am Not
>affiliated with either of those companies also... If you're strictly
>looking at the plug-in route, Eye Candy is also good for q&d (quick &
>dirty) beveling functions etc.
Yes, Blade Pro is excellent. But for true mapping of text or images to
primitive 3D objects, ie sphere, cylinder, cube, plane, from inside
Photoshop, the best solution is 3DLuxe, the new version of Andromeda's
Series 2 filter. It comes with a great selection of textures too.