In each new version of Photoshop, Adobe is pushing the limits of photorealism offering new tools to create 3d images or realistic special effects. But those features don’t create anything by themselves. The power is in the ever evolving imagination of Photoshop artists. And this compilation is a demonstration that in most cases, you don’t need any fancy tools other than your creativity and imagination to achieve photorealism with certain ease.
I’ve already created other interesting text effects compilations that you may want to check: The 80 best Photoshop text effects on the web, 30 Awesome Photoshop Text Effects Tutorials, and Complex and Sophisticated Lettering Designs Photoshop Tutorials.