Since a little time ago, you can use online a big collection of 3D bevel text effects. They are realistic and can be drawn in many different bevel styles.
It's interesting to notice that these bevel text makers were improved even more recently. Now you can use more rendering parameters, giving you a whole new set of possible bevel effect designs. When using this text logo app, I suggest you spend some time playing with the different configuration elements, so you can get the 3D bevel text you like most.
To inspire you to create you own amazing bevel texts, below I show you a metallic bevel text logo that was designed by using the new customization available at this 3D Bevel Text Logo Effect Generator application (click the logo to see it in full size).